US Open 2021 Final: World No.1 Novak Djokovic is all set to create history by becoming the first player in individual tennis to win calendar grand slam in the 21st century and the first player in 52 years to achieve the feat. He is bidding for his 21st Grand Slam which can help him go past ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal and Swiss Tennis Maestro Roger Federer. Here are 10 unknown facts that you should know about tennis legend- check out
US Open 2021 Final: Born to paternal Serbian and maternal Croatian descent, Djokovic began tennis at the age of 4 when his parents sent him to a tennis camp.
Novak Djokovic is one of the mentally tough tennis players because he grew up in war-torn Serbia. A 12-year-old boy trained in an empty swimming pool converted into a tennis court and his practice during were often cut short by air raid sirens during the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia over the conflict in Kosova.
Not Nadal or Federer, Djokovic is the first male singles player to win double grand slams. Federer and Nadal have won only one French Open and Australian Open respectively.
Novak Djokovic has stayed as World No.1 for the longest time in the history of men’s singles tennis. Earlier in March 2021, he had broken the previous record of enjoying the top-ranked spot for more than 310 weeks held by Federer.
US Open 2021 Final: Having clinched the Australian Open (defeated Medvedev), French Open (beat Tsitsipas) and Wimbledon (won against Berrettini), Djokovic is yet to lose at Grand Slams this year.
Djokovic equalled the previous record held by Roger Federer and Pete Sampras for appearing in the most number of Grand Slam finals.
The 34-year-old has won 9 Australian Open, 2 French Open, 6 Wimbledon and 3 US Open titles. Djokovic had also won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics Games.
Despite a phenomenal record, Djokovic struggled in Grand Slams in the doubles event. His doubles best is playing the second round (Wimbledon)
US Open 2021 Final: Djokovic is a fan of languages, he can speak Serbian, English, French, German and Italian.
He met his wife Jelena Ristic Ristic in high school and began dating her in 2005. The couple tied the knot in 2013 and have a son and daughter.
He won his first ATP title in 2006 and clinched his first Grand Slam title in 2008 (Australian Open) and he had to wait for another 3 years to win his second major.
Djokovic has won 85 ATP titles, including 20 Grand Slams. With 103 titles and 88 titles respectively, Federer and Nadal are still ahead of him when it comes to overall ATP titles. Djokovic’s record on hardcourt, grass court and clay court- Hard- 243:59, Grass- 102:18, Hard 617:116
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