Novak Djokovic: Highlighting Djoker's Greatest Career Moments
Although he is still somewhat young, Serbian sensation Novak Djokovic has done some incredible things on the ATP tour. Since its beginning in 2003, his pro career has consisted of five Grand Slam titles and a World No. 1 ranking.
Along the way to these feats and accolades, the Djoker has provided the tennis world with entertainment and brilliance on various occasions. Through fantastic shots and emotional victories, he is quickly winning over crowds from the older favorites that dominated the top for so long (i.e., Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer).
Most likely, we will be seeing plenty more from Djokovic in the future. For now, though, we'll take a look at his greatest moments up to this point.
2008 Australian Open Semifinal: Beating the Defending Champion in Straight Sets
Although he was the No. 3 seed in the 2008 Australian Open, not many people expected Novak Djokovic to win the title, let alone dominate the late rounds like he did.
As his first Grand Slam title, it is only natural that some part of this tournament makes this list.
The video clip shows highlights from the semifinal between Djokovic and Roger Federer, who was the World No. 1 at the time. Not only did Djokovic manage to win this match, he shocked Rod Laver Arena by taking down the Swiss Maestro in straight sets.
Djokovic's match point comes at 13:47 in this clip, and it was a long one that ended in victory for the Serb. This moment confirmed to the world that although he was still a significant step below Rafael Nadal and Federer, he certainly had the ability to stand up to them under major spotlights.
The Djoker went on to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the title in a four-set match, winning nine of his last 10 sets of the tournament.
2011 Madrid Open Final: Taking the Comfort out of Nadal's Comfort Zone
Entering the 2011 Madrid Open, questions loomed about would become of Novak Djokovic's season. At that point, he had been undefeated for the year, but with clay season in full swing, it didn't seem likely that he would be able to take down Rafael Nadal on his ideal surface.
This final proved that belief wrong.
By beating the Spaniard in two sets, Djokovic made a strong statement: 2011 up to that point had not been a fluke. He was now a force to be reckoned with in all major tournaments, as much of a threat as Nadal and Roger Federer.
The final point of this tournament demonstrates its significance; in an event that should have easily been Nadal's, he gave up the title with an unforced error.
Clearly and understandably, Nadal was shaken by this unlikely outcome.
The 2011 Madrid Open was a strong confidence boost for a rolling Djokovic, and even though he didn't manage to win the French Open, his victory there was one of the most impressive and exciting points of his career.
2011 Wimbledon Final: Capping Off an Emotional Ride to World No. 1
Even before this final had begun, Novak Djokovic's Wimbledon performance had been enough to secure the World No. 1 ranking.
But what better way to finish an incredible ride to the top than winning his first title on the legendary courts?
After winning this match point, he let the emotions of the previous two weeks in England pour out by sprawling out on the court in typical Djokovic fashion. It basically goes without saying, but this was a moment in the Serb's career that he will remember for the rest of his life.
2011 US Open Semifinal: Saving Double Match Point in Dramatic Fashion
The last Slam of 2011 consisted of yet another title for Novak Djokovic, contributing to his already remarkable season.
His best moment of the US Open didn't come in that final, though. Instead, it came when his back was up against the wall in the semifinals.
After dropping the first two sets, Djokovic had managed to tie the match up at two sets apiece before letting Roger Federer take what should have been a decisive 5-3 lead in the fifth. The point shown in the video was the first of two match points for Federer on his serve.
Instead of letting the match go, though, Djokovic returned the serve with one of the best forehands of his career for an unbelievable winner. The Serb went on to break Federer and then win the next three games to earn a spot in the final.
This kind of a shot in such a high-pressure situation is only produced by the best.
2012 Australian Open Final: Closing Out the Most Epic Match in Recent History
A true champion can fight through the greatest amounts of exhaustion and pain with enough determination. Novak Djokovic showed the world that he possesses this capability in the 2012 Australian Open.
The final in Melbourne between the Djoker and Rafael Nadal this past January, which lasted for five hours and 53 minutes, quickly earned its spot in the discussion of all-time great matches.
In the end, it simply came down to who could maintain his strength for longer.
By winning this match the way he did, with an impressive forehand winner, Djokovic exhibited the strength of an athletic warrior. The result set the stage for another great season for the Serb.