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Ten Facts To Celebrate Novak Djokovic’s 30th Birthday

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World No.2 Novak Djokovic has joined the expanding list of players on the ATP Tour over the age of 30. The milestone means that the world’s top-five are dominated by players aged 30 and above. To celebrate his birthday, here are ten facts about Djokovic.

1. Started playing tennis at the age of six

If it wasn’t for an observation made by Jelena Gencic, Djokovic might have never played on the ATP Tour. In 1993 Gencic was running a summer camp in Kopaonik, Serbia where she spotted a young Djokovic gazing at the camp. She approached Djokovic and invited him to join the camp, starting what turned out to be one of the most impressive tennis careers in the modern era of the game.

2. His first ATP win was on clay

At The age of 17 Djokovic clinched his first win on the ATP Tour after knocking out world No.67 Arnaud Clement 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round at the 2004 Bucharest Open. His run ended in the second round following a three set loss to David Ferrer.

That was the first and so far only time Djokovic has played an ATP event in Romania.

3. Only six men have won more titles than him in the Open Era

Since 2006, Djokovic has won 67 titles on the ATP Tour. The tally includes a record-equalling 30 Masters 1000 titles, 12 grand slam trophies and five year-end championship accolades. So far Djokovic has featured in 97 ATP finals, playing either Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Andy Murray in 61 of those.

Most titles (singles only)
Jimmy Connors 109
Ivan Lendl 94
Roger Federer 91
John Mcenroe 77
Rod Laver 74
Rafael Nadal 72
Novak Djokovic 67

4. He speaks five languages

Away from the tennis court, Djokovic is a self-described fan of foreign languages. The son of a Montenegrin father and Croatian mother, he is confident in speaking Serbian, English, German, Italian and French. He also speaks some Spanish.

Djokovic is not the only multilingual player on the men’s tour. Portugal’s Joao Sousa can speak a total of six different languages.

5. Has been ranked in the top-10 for over ten years

Djokovic has become a permanent fixture in the world’s top-10. Since making his top-10 debut on March 19th, 2007, he has never fallen out of the group. He has spent a total of 223 weeks as world No.1, the fifth longest in the Open Era. Federer currently holds the record with 302 week’s.

6. Has a net worth of $56 million

According to Forbes.com, Djokovic was the sixth highest paid athlete in 2016. With endorsements from companies such as Uniqlo, Adidas, Head, ANZ, Peugot and Seiko. The Serbian has a total worth of $56 million in 2016.

$21.8M of that total is from prize money and the rest is from endorsements. Last year he became the first player in history to pass the US$100M mark in prize money in tennis.

7. The only Serbian tennis player in history to win an Olympic medal

At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Djokovic became the first and so far only Serbian tennis player to medal at an Olympic Games. He was also one of the first athletes to win an individual medal since Serbia’s independence in the early 1990’s. The other was swimmer Milorad Čavić, who won a silver medal in Beijing.

8. The sunshine double king

Djokovic is the first player to win both the Indian Wells and Miami Masters within the same season four times (2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016).

9. He won the longest final in grand slam history

At the 2012 Australian Open, Djokovic required five fours and 53 minutes to defeat Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5. It is the 13th longest match in the history of men’s tennis.

10. Will play his 50th consecutive grand slam main draw

The upcoming French Open will be Djokovic’s 50th consecutive appearance in the main draw of a grand slam. At all four major events, the 30-year-old has won 83% of matches played or more. He has only ever suffered a first round loss twice (Australian Open 2005 and 2006).

Djokovic’s grand slam performance

Australian Open – Six-time champion (won 58 out of 65 matches played)
French Open – 2016 champion (won 55 out of 66 matches played)
Wimbledon – Three-time champion (won 54 out of 63 matches played)
US Open – Two-time champion (won 62 out of 72 matches played)

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Roland Garros 2024: Practice Makes Perfect For Carlos Alcaraz In Roland Garros Title Bid

Carlos Alcaraz is looking to overcome the pain barrier as he searches for Roland Garros glory.

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Carlos Alcaraz is bidding for a first Roland Garros title but the Spaniard will need to overcome the pain barrier in order to achieve his goal.

The world number three enters this year’s tournament with mixed preparations having suffered an injury during practice in Monte-Carlo.

Alcaraz failed to play in Barcelona, where he was defending champion, before exiting Madrid at the quarter-finals stage to eventual winner Andrey Rublev.

Despite Alcaraz’s lack of fitness, the Spaniard will feel he has a good chance of achieving a special landmark as he has the opportunity to win 75% of the career Grand Slam.

Speaking ahead of the fortnight Alcaraz admitted he is feeling better but needs to change some psychological feelings when hitting the forehand again, “I’m feeling better. At least I can practise, hit balls without pain. That’s a really good point for me,” Alcaraz explained in his pre-tournament press conference.

“I’m not feeling any pain in the practices when I step on the court. But I’m still thinking about it when I am hitting forehands. Probably I’m gonna say I’m a little bit scared about hitting every forehand 100 percent. So I have to change it in my first match.”

Roland Garros holds a special place in Alcaraz’s heart having had good memories and matches in the past with the Spaniard reaching the semi-finals last year.

Now Alcaraz is aiming to win his maiden title in Paris as he continues his development at an elite level.

The Spaniard spoke about how special Roland Garros is and spoke about how wide open this year’s tournament is given the form and fitness of Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner, “Right now, I don’t see a clear favourite to win the tournament, but there is a wide range of players who can do it,” Alcaraz explained.

“It’s Roland-Garros and it’s a really special tournament. Everybody wants to do good results here. This tournament is one of the main reasons that I’m practicing every day. I want to be a better player, to be able to win these kinds of tournaments.”

Alcaraz starts his Roland Garros on Sunday against lucky loser J.J. Wolf.

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Tomas Machac Stuns Novak Djokovic To Reach Maiden ATP Final In Geneva

Tomas Machac is into his first career ATP final after stunning Novak Djokovic in Geneva.

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Tomas Machac is into his first ATP final after defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4 0-6 6-1 in Geneva.

The world number one seemed to be struggling physically throughout the contest as Machac earned the biggest win of his career.

After trailing 4-1 in the opening set, Machac played aggressive tennis against a sub-par Djokovic to win five games in a row and take the opening set.

In the second set Djokovic was back to his brilliant best as he won six consecutive games to level the match at one set all.

However the Serb was clearly struggling with his fitness and conditioning as Machac secured the biggest win of his career, reaching a first ATP final.

Speaking after the match Machac was lost for words as he looks ahead to Saturday’s showdown, “I have no reaction right now, I just fought for every ball,” Machac told the ATP website.

“When you play against Novak you just hope. You just try to play your best and see what it looks like. I am looking forward to playing in a final for the first time.”

As for Djokovic, the Serb is yet to reach a final this year and will need to get his form back on track as he prepares to begin his Roland Garros title defence against Pierre-Hughes Herbert.

Meanwhile Machac will play either Casper Ruud or Flavio Cobolli in the final.

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Roland Garros 2024: Coco Gauff Preparing For Uncomfortable Changes In Paris

Coco Gauff is ready to make uncomfortable changes to her game ahead of Roland Garros.

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Coco Gauff has said that she is ready to make uncomfortable changes to her game as she prepares for Roland Garros.

The American is a former finalist having reached the final in 2022 but has struggled with her game throughout the clay court season.

However there was hope in Rome as she did reach the semi-finals in Italy before losing comfortably to Iga Swiatek in the last four.

Speaking ahead of the start of the tournament Gauff is confident of a good run in Paris after an encouraging display in Italy, “I have been here for a couple days now, and I feel like I have been preparing great,” the American was quoted by Reuters as saying on media day.

“Had a good tournament in Rome, so I’m excited, hope I can have good vibes here. Last week I felt like from the start of the week till the end of the week I improved a lot. It gave me a lot of confidence for this tournament.”

Despite a recent poor run of form, Gauff has had an incredible last 12 months and is looking to reach a third consecutive Grand Slam semi-final.

However Gauff would like to be more competitive when facing her rivals at the big events which is something that hasn’t improved since she won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Now the 20 year-old has admitted that she will have to make some uncomfortable changes to her game as she prepares for her Roland Garros campaign, “I feel like, overall, if I want to be the player that I want to become, I have to be uncomfortable and make changes to my game, not just to my serve, but other things, as well,” Gauff explained.

“I have been trying to improve it with every tournament, from the start of the clay to Rome. My last match it was a lot better in terms of percentage and the double faults. I think I’m confident.

“I feel like it’s getting better but it’s obviously a shot that is tough to change because when you’re tight you revert back to what you know works. Sometimes it’s tough to push yourself to do the uncomfortable things which you know in the long term are better for you.”

Gauff will begin her campaign against a qualifier on Monday.

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