2013 In Review
Djokovic, who is defending his crown at the 2013 Mubadala World Tennis Championship and aiming for his third victory in Abu Dhabi, opened the 2013 season by winning his fourth Australian Open Title beating Andy Murray in four sets. Djokovic continued his winning streak throughout the Davis Cup where he helped Serbia beat Belgium. He followed this with his fourth Dubai Tennis Championships title.
After falling at Indian Wells and the Sony Open Tennis - Miami, Djokovic found his way again in Monte Carlo, ending Nadal’s 46-match winning streak during the final. On June 1st, Djokovic became the 40th man in ATP World Tour history to record 500 match wins after he beat No. 26 seed Dimitrov at Roland Garros.
Djokovic lost to Murray 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in five sets an unpredictable and action-packed Wimbledon semi-final – the longest in the tournament’s history.
On September 9th, during his third major final of 2013 and his fifth US Open final, he lost to World No. 2 Nadal in four sets. However at the ATP World Tour Finals in London Djokovic was victorious with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Nadal in the fifth ever No. 1 versus No.2 final in the 44 year history of the season- ending championship.
Novak Djokovic currently has a 31-5 record on hard court surfaces.
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.