Novak Djokovic, born on May 22, 1987, is a Serbian tennis player
who entered the professional level of the ATP tour in 2003. He won his first singles title in Metz, France
, in 2006. On February 1, 2010, he reached his current career-high ranking of number
two in the world for the first time. He is also a Grand Slam champion, having won the 2008 Australian
Open, as well as being a 2007 and 2010 US
Open finalist. He is currently ranked #3 in the world behind Rafael Nadal
and Roger Federer
. He is the only Serbian player to ever win a Grand Slam and the youngest player ever to reach the semifinals in all four Grand Slam tournaments. In the Rogers Masters event in Montreal
in 2007, he became the first player since 1994 to defeat all three top-ranked players in the same tournament, when he beat number three Andy Roddick
in the quarterfinals, #2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, and world number one Roger Federer in the final.
Personal Life and Pro Career
He uses Head rackets, and has been sponsored by adidas. Though he still wears his custom shoes from the company in competitions, his main sponsor is now Sergio Tacchini. He was born in Belgrade
and now resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco. With the help of his family, he created and sponsored his own tournament, the Serbia Open, which was played for the first time
in Belgrade from May 4 - 10, 2009. Djokovic won this tournament in 2009 but did not participate in 2010.
He earned his nickname 'Joker' during his first few years on the professional tour, when he stylized and imitated Maria Sharapova
's drawn out serve preparation routine during competitions. He has a record of 7-1 when trailing two sets to one, including two wins at the 2010 U.S. Open and a loss to Nadal in the final of that same tournament.
2011 Australian Open
This January, Djokovic won his second Grand Slam title, beating Andy Murray
in the final of the Australian Open. He earned several impressive wins on the road to the final, including one over Roger Federer in the semifinal.
In Video Games
Djokovic has been featured in a few tennis video games, including Virtua Tennis 2009
's Grand Slam Tennis
. He was recently confirmed through a trailer as a playable pro in Virtua Tennis 4