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From Amersfoort to fifth Wimbledon - 13 years of Novak Djokovic glory

Exactly 13 years ago, the 19 year old Novak Djokovic won his first ATP title.



It happened in Netherlands at a 250 event in Amersfoort where Novak defeated the Chilean Nicolas Massu 7-6(5) 6-4 after nearly two and a half hours.

A lot has changed since then. Massu retired six years ago, currently coaching Dominic Thiem, while the tournament in Amersfoort was abolished a long time ago.

Back then in 2006 on the Amersfoort clay Novak defeated Boris Pasanski, Tomas Zib, as well as Marc Gicquel.

In the semifinal he triumphed after the opponent's retirement, as the first seed Guillermo Coria quit at 6-2 1-0.

The fateful connection between Novak and Amersfoort is obvious. That's also the tournament from which his family bought the license in order to organize so far the only ATP tournament in Serbia, the Serbia Open which was helds from 2009 to 2012.

Novak won the title at the premier tournament in Belgrade too, after beating Lukacz Kubot, but Amersfoort is the town where Novak started his grand tennis adventure.

Since then, Djokovic won 75 titles, including 16 Grand Slams, spending 261 weeks as world number 1 and is considered one of the best tennis players of all time.

The local site announced the news in 2006 that Novak won his first title, and what was interesting in particular were the comments of the site visitors, some of which became true.

"Congratulations! You will succeed me in a few years", it was posted by someone with a nickname "Federer".

Another one, called Slaven, had a prophetic vision: "Bravo Nole! You will be number 1 one day! Well done!"

The wave of excitement hit Djokovic's homeland back then already. Very few suspected that 13 years later he would have not one but 16 Grand Slam trophies, and that in July 2019 he would become the Wimbledon champion for a fifth time.



It started in Amersfoort, and fortunately for all Novak supporters, it's still going. We hope it will for many more years.
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
From Amersfoort to fifth Wimbledon - 13 years of Novak Djokovic glory

Exactly 13 years ago, the 19 year old Novak Djokovic won his first ATP title.



It happened in Netherlands at a 250 event in Amersfoort where Novak defeated the Chilean Nicolas Massu 7-6(5) 6-4 after nearly two and a half hours.

A lot has changed since then. Massu retired six years ago, currently coaching Dominic Thiem, while the tournament in Amersfoort was abolished a long time ago.

Back then in 2006 on the Amersfoort clay Novak defeated Boris Pasanski, Tomas Zib, as well as Marc Gicquel.

In the semifinal he triumphed after the opponent's retirement, as the first seed Guillermo Coria quit at 6-2 1-0.

The fateful connection between Novak and Amersfoort is obvious. That's also the tournament from which his family bought the license in order to organize so far the only ATP tournament in Serbia, the Serbia Open which was helds from 2009 to 2012.

Novak won the title at the premier tournament in Belgrade too, after beating Lukacz Kubot, but Amersfoort is the town where Novak started his grand tennis adventure.

Since then, Djokovic won 75 titles, including 16 Grand Slams, spending 261 weeks as world number 1 and is considered one of the best tennis players of all time.

The local site announced the news in 2006 that Novak won his first title, and what was interesting in particular were the comments of the site visitors, some of which became true.

"Congratulations! You will succeed me in a few years", it was posted by someone with a nickname "Federer".

Another one, called Slaven, had a prophetic vision: "Bravo Nole! You will be number 1 one day! Well done!"

The wave of excitement hit Djokovic's homeland back then already. Very few suspected that 13 years later he would have not one but 16 Grand Slam trophies, and that in July 2019 he would become the Wimbledon champion for a fifth time.



It started in Amersfoort, and fortunately for all Novak supporters, it's still going. We hope it will for many more years.
Is this an Ad sponsored by the city? I expect some hotel and flight links...
 
Roddick: I hope that one day people will appreciate what Novak has done

The former American tennis player Andy Roddick was one of the toughest opponents for Novak Djokovic, but he has big respect towards the current world number one.



Roddick, who retired in 2012 at the US Open, is currently in Atlanta where he is going to play an exhibition match against Robby Ginepri.

Andy is one of very few players who has a positive head to head score against Djokovic (5-4). He didn't hold back in 2008 when he wondered what Novak complained bout.

"Back and the hip. Cramps. Bird flu. Sars. Common cough and cold. You know, he's either quick to call the trainer or he is the most courageous guy of all time", said the American 11 years ago.

In the meantime, Roddick and Djokovic overcame their misunderstanding, and Andy claims he still follows and enjoys what the Big 3 are doing.

“I hope people sit back and enjoy, take a moment with these guys and the way they’re playing and what they’re doing to the record books. I hope people appreciate every last shot that these guys hit", said Roddick.

He also said that he followed the Wimbledon final like the biggest tennis fan.

“I was yelling at the TV, I was in the drama, I felt like a total fan. It’s hard to think that 10 years ago I was kind of having that same afternoon, but I just sit back and try to appreciate it. I’m watching and trying to figure out what they’re doing, what their strategies are, the adjustments that are being made and all the while I wish it was just talked about more in real time as far as what adjustments are being made, what’s different in the fifth set than what was going on in the second set, so it was interesting. I thought it was great”, said a thrilled Roddick.

He is also among those who think that there isn't enough appreciation towards the accomplishment of Novak Djokovic.

“For Novak to go through Roger and Rafa in some of their prime years to get to where he is in the game [is impressive]. It’s been the Roger-Rafa show for a long time and now, oh, by the way, Novak’s sitting at 16 Grand Slams. So I don’t want people to undersell what he’s done. You start reeling off some of the names like McEnroe, Connors and Andre, they had seven, eight and eight Slams. Novak has 16. Then they go okay, and then the weight of those names and what he’s accomplished settles in"

"I hope people, one, appreciate what Novak has done and two, I think there’s certainly an appetite for what Roger and Rafa have accomplished”, added Roddick, who won both his first and last, 32nd career titles in Atlanta.
 

Born_to_slice

Professional
Yes, I was thinking the same thing. Still not a fan of the black one but it looks much better like this.
It has 1 color less and better color combo. Also it's on a round clothes hanger and not buttoned up so it looks more natural. Not a design I associate with Lacoste though. I dig "urban" camo windbreakers but hope they don't go with matching pants. That would be too clownish.
 

Lemoned

Rookie
It's labeled as training shorts at the moment, so we probably (I mean, hopefully) won't see them in the official matches. There are black, white, marine blue (for American swing) and deep red (Asian) shorts on the list for that. Plus, the European tournament polo in white with black lines is listed as Doha Polo.
 
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Deleted member 77403

Guest
I doubt he'll shine in Cincy without any preparation. Then again, it's more about USO.
For him it is more about the USO now, and after a couple of epics between RG and W, probably wise to take extra time off, get in a couple of matches in at Cincinnati and get into USO fresh.
 

Born_to_slice

Professional
For him it is more about the USO now, and after a couple of epics between RG and W, probably wise to take extra time off, get in a couple of matches in at Cincinnati and get into USO fresh.
Hopefully that works. He almost always played both Canada and Cincy before. I'd hate if he drops in 1st few rounds and ends up undercooked. Also a bit sad he'll probably not defend Cincy.
 
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Deleted member 77403

Guest
Who really would be able to beat him there? Rafa will probably not play Cincy, since he's playing Montreal. Fed? Nah. Djokovic could stroll through the Cincy draw and probably win it w/o dropping a set.
Rafa is 0-2 against Novak in Cincinnati, and that was when Rafa still had his great movement, it would be even more difficult now. Fed is still the closest thing there is to beat Djokovic in Cincinnati IMO. However considering it will be his first event back and there now being a considerable difference in how he approaches the masters in relation to slams, other players might get him early.
 

Born_to_slice

Professional
Who really would be able to beat him there? Rafa will probably not play Cincy, since he's playing Montreal. Fed? Nah. Djokovic could stroll through the Cincy draw and probably win it w/o dropping a set.
Even when he played 3 matches in Canada last year before Cincy, he lost 4 sets to Mannarino, Dimitrov, Raonic and Cilic there, coming from a brink of disaster and break down in the 3rd 2 or 3 times in those matches. I doubt he's going to defend that title, let alone stroll to it without any tune up.
 

upchuck

Professional
Peak Djokovic vs Peak Safin would have been a classic match-up. Kinda reminds me of Stan vs Djokovic. Safin, at his best, was as solid off both wings as you could find and he was a good enough mover. Djokovic doesn't have enough power to hit through him so it would be a real cat and mouse match.
 

OhYes

Legend
Peak Djokovic vs Peak Safin would have been a classic match-up. Kinda reminds me of Stan vs Djokovic. Safin, at his best, was as solid off both wings as you could find and he was a good enough mover. Djokovic doesn't have enough power to hit through him so it would be a real cat and mouse match.
You got that feeling watching Djokovic in diapers. :rolleyes:
If Safin couldn't harm Federer, Djokovic would toy with Safin all day long.
 

xFedal

Legend
There is still one week between Cincinatti and US open, he could have gone for both. He could have rested it well between Cincinatti and the US Open.
Yh I guess he will try to win few matches in CINCY......then try to go all out on USO ....... But what doesn't bode so well for Novak is this, he has played great only once in Cincinatti finals........and only TWICE at the USO (2011 final vs Nadal and 2018 Final vs Delpo) The 2015 final wasn't a high level from Djokovic just mentally rock solid...... as we can see...Novak has never played GREAT CONSECUTIVELY at either tournament and has under-performed during CINCY/USO.....1+3 titles only......... Same as "CLAY SPECIALIST".....
 
Djokovic news on page 7. Disgust.

Nothing to actually report yet LOL, got to wait a few days for Cincinnati to begin, where he will appear as a defending champion for the first time.

Some fun facts before then. This is Novak's 40th consecutive week at number 1, making it the 20th longest streak since the rankings were introduced.

Among the best 20 streaks at the top of the rankings, Djokovic is the only one who appears on that list four times. 53 in 2011-12, 48 in 2012-13, 122 in 2014-16 and now 40 in 2018-present.

Whenever he climbs to the top, he sticks around for a while...
 

Enceladus

Hall of Fame
Djokovic news on page 7. Disgust.

Nothing to actually report yet LOL, got to wait a few days for Cincinnati to begin, where he will appear as a defending champion for the first time.

Some fun facts before then. This is Novak's 40th consecutive week at number 1, making it the 20th longest streak since the rankings were introduced.

Among the best 20 streaks at the top of the rankings, Djokovic is the only one who appears on that list four times. 53 in 2011-12, 48 in 2012-13, 122 in 2014-16 and now 40 in 2018-present.

Whenever he climbs to the top, he sticks around for a while...
You overtook me :), I wanted bumped Djokovic News herewith new video from Novak India Fans:

Novak Djokovic - The Scariest Performance Ever (2019 AO final against Nadal)
 
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