Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Biography of Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic winning his first Grand Slam in Melbourne Australia 2008
Novak Djokovic, born 22 May 1987, is a Serbian professional tennis player, who is currently ranked the World No. 2 on 28/7/2010.

He has won one Grand Slam singles title, the 2008 Australian Open, becoming the first player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title and the youngest player in the open era to have reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slam events.

He was also the runner-up at the 2007 US Open and a bronze medallist representing Serbia at the 2008 Olympic Games. In addition, Djokovic won the Tennis Masters Cup in 2008 and has won five Masters Series tournaments.

Djoković is also known for his often humorous off-court impersonations of his fellow players, many of whom are his friends. This became evident to the tennis world after his 2007 US Open quarterfinal win over Carlos Moyà, where he entertained the audience with impersonations of Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova. He also did an impression of American tennis great John McEnroe after his final preliminary game at the 2009 US Open, before playing a brief game with McEnroe, much to the delight of the audience.

Playing Style : Djokovic is an all-court player with emphasis on offensive baseline play. His greatest strengths are his groundstrokes, serve and defense. He is consistent off both wings, although his backhand is his preferred stroke.

With considerable speed, his serve is one of his major weapons, winning many free points; his first serve is typically hit very flat, while he prefers to slice his second serves wide. He also utilizes a well-disguised backhand underspin drop shot and sliced backhand. However, it becomes a flaw when he overuses the drop shot.

Equipment : Djokovic uses Head rackets, utilizing the first Head Youtek racquet, after using Wilson until the end of 2008. At the end of 2009, he moved from adidas to Sergio Tacchini after signing a 10-year deal with the Italian clothing company, although he continues to endorse adidas shoes; wearing his signature ClimaCool Genius shoes.

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