The four-time grand slam champion has conquered a string of opponents on a meteoric rise over the past decade
World ranking: 14
Title haul: 39
Highs: Roland Garros, French Open (two); Australian Open, Australian Open (three); US Open (six)
Lows: Wimbledon (combined loss of form in 2014 and 2015)
In 2011, seven-times grand slam champion Novak Djokovic joined the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time and it was the beginning of a turbulent journey that has taken him down to 14 in the world.
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On the previous occasion, the Serb challenged world No1 Rafael Nadal, a time when the Spaniard had just risen to the pinnacle of men’s tennis having won two slams on the trot. Djokovic, on the other hand, would become the second Serb in history to win Roland Garros. It was the start of a stellar career.
Djokovic has become perhaps the most dominant figure in the men’s game, winning four majors in a row, helping to restore his dominance over rival Nadal. He has also earned his stripes alongside Federer, who despite losing nine of his 18 grand slam finals has become a fixture in the top five.
Not since the Open era began in 1968 have there been more than four players in the top 10 (three in the case of Djokovic and Federer) and the quartet has also almost completely dominated the men’s game. The Serb’s name is sure to be included in the list of players to win 50 titles, a number that Federer is on his way to clearing.
The careers of those tied below Djokovic for years are vivid reminders of the sacrifices made by players to reach his level and even now, more than a decade since his first grand slam final appearance, he seems to have only found his stride.
The standard of play has been set so high in recent years and Djokovic is expected to struggle again for weeks and months when top 10 places are won and lost all at once.
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• Source: sportsillustrated.co.uk