Cool Djokovic fact: If he maintains the number one ranking until year end, he'd achieve the record for most weeks at number 1 in a decade, a record Sampras currently has (276).
Is this an Ad sponsored by the city? I expect some hotel and flight links...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.
Does he have to hold it that long? I think he's guaranteed 270 weeks and that will be right after the USO right?Cool Djokovic fact: If he maintains the number one ranking until year end, he'd achieve the record for most weeks at number 1 in a decade, a record Sampras currently has (276).
Surprising how much better that 1st shirt looks in black. Love the ones with 3 stripes and windbreakers even better.
Left for American, right for Asian tournaments
These are said to be European tournaments
Oh, and given that it has Novak's logos on it, I think he will wear this (burgundy & navy) with the Asian swing kit.
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.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.
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.I doubt he'll shine in Cincy without any preparation. Then again, it's more about USO.
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.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.
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.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.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.
You got that feeling watching Djokovic in diapers.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.
Peak Safin made very few appearances in his career. One of the few times he did, he defeated Federer during Fed's absolute prime in a classic match.You got that feeling watching Djokovic in diapers.
If Safin couldn't harm Federer, Djokovic would toy with Safin all day long.
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".....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.
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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...