2014 IN REVIEW
Djokovic, will be defending his crown at the 2015 Mubadala World Tennis Championship and aiming for his fourth victory in Abu Dhabi.
Having taken the title in Abu Dhabi, the four-time Australian Open champion lost in the quarter finals to Wawrinka 9-7 in fifth set, his first loss in Melbourne since 2010 QFs. Wawrinka’s win also broke Novak’s impressive 28 match winning streak.
On 16 March, rallied to beat Federer to win his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells title; his first trophy of 2014 and his 17th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. His winning streak continued when he defeated Rafael Nadal to win his fourth consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of 2014 and take his fourth Miami crown. The fifth soon followed in May when Novak beat Rafa again to take the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Rome.
June saw Novak fail in his bid to win a first Roland Garros title.
At Wimbledon Novak took his seventh Grand Slam championship and second Wimbledon crown, beating No. 4 seed Federer in four sets in the final and also qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals.
Djokovic, nicknamed “Nole”, began playing tennis at the age of four and made his pro debut at 16. His father, Srjdan, and mother, Dijana, own a company called “Family Sports,” which has three restaurants, a tennis academy and a range of products featuring his likeness on mineral water, candy bars, sugar, clothing and cups among other items. Novak and his family opened a restaurant in Belgrade in 2009 called “Novak”.
His father, uncle and aunt were all professional skiers and his father was also an excellent soccer player. Srjdan wanted Novak to be a soccer player or skier, but Novak excelled at tennis at an early age. He credits his family as his inspiration and is grateful to them for giving him so much support. His younger brothers, Marko and Djordje are both in school and play tennis.
His idol growing up was Pete Sampras and at the age of 12 Novak attended Niki Pilic Academy in Munich, where he practiced for almost two years before returning to Belgrade. Djokovic’s favorite surface is hard court but he considers himself an all-around player. His best shot is backhand down the line.
Novak speaks Serbian, Italian, German and English. In September 2007 his family invited 50 underprivileged Kosovo-Serb children to Belgrade to be courtside for the Serbia-Australia Davis Cup World Group Tie. Novak was elected to a two-year term on the ATP Player council in June 2008. He earned the ATP Player of the Year award in 2011 and in February 2012 he was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
Djokovic has been coached by former ATP pro and Slovak Republic native Marian Vajda since June 2006.