In tennis at the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals NOVAK DJOKOVIC will be looking to finish off by far, the best year of his career to date, by adding one last MAJOR singles title in London. Watch the two ATP Tour Finals matches each day in Singapore at 10pm, then at 4am, from Sunday 20 to Saturday 26 November.
In this series of 8 articles two great photos, numerous details specific to each player, how to buy your tickets plus an individual schedule of play are supplied so you know exactly which days to watch your favourite players in action. An easy way for you to find all of the ATP Finals articles in this series (about No.8 Mardy Fish, No.7 Tomas Berdych, No.6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No.5 David Ferrer, No.4 Roger Federer, No.3 Andy Murray and No.2 Rafael Nadal), is to click the following link -> 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals London.
The 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifier NOVAK DJOKOVIC was drawn in group A as the No.1 seed and is pictured above JUST after making contact with the ball for this great example of how to execute the forehand drive during the 2011 Cincinnati Open. The 1.88m DJOKOVIC has had such an impressive year that he had won the 2011 ATP Tour Champion award for being the year-end World No.1 before the ATP Finals were played.
DJOKOVIC has already spent 21 weeks ranked at No.1 and will be difficult to overthrow for another 3 months at the VERY least. The 24-year-old now holds the record for winning the most ATP Tour Masters 1000 singles titles in the one calendar year with 5 – the Indian Wells Open, Miami Open, Madrid Open, Rome Open and the Canadian Open. DJOKOVIC has now won 10 ATP Tour Masters 1000 singles titles and besides Roger Federer is the only player of the Top 8 to have won the ATP Tour Finals before going into this year’s event.
The right-hander is playing the year-end finals for the 5th straight year after he qualified on 16 May, making him only the second man (Nadal did this in 2009), to qualify for ATP Tour Finals before Roland Garros since 1990. The Serbian highlighted how much great a challenge this tournament is and the high degree of difficulty as compared to regular tournaments when he said, “Obviously everybody agrees that this tournament is a crown for all the achievements of the year. Every match that you’re playing is at probably the highest level in our sport, then you have to be on top of your game to win it. Everyone wants to finish the season in great style, that’s what makes this event even more competitive.”
The Serbian achieved a career-high ITF Junior singles ranking of No.24 on 23 February 2004. His best result on the ITF Junior Tour in a Grand Slam singles event was making the semi finals at the 2004 Junior Australian Open.
DJOKOVIC holds pretty much every ATP Tour achievement for the “First male from Serbia to…” win a Grand Slam singles title, win the Australian Open, win Wimbledon, win the US Open, become the World No.1 and year-end No.1 champion, the list goes on. DJOKOVIC was also an integral part of the Serbian Davis Cup team which triumphed for the first time in history last year. DJOKOVIC is pictured below showing everyone why his double-handed backhand drive is rated as THE best on the ATP Tour at the 2011 Cincinnati Open.
A quick look at more very interesting NOLE details…
- Who is in his Group: Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych
- Round robin schedule: Monday 21, Wednesday 23 and Friday 25 November
- Career-high ranking: No.1 which he first achieved on 4 July 2011
- Best result in ATP Tour Finals: Winner in 2008
- 2011 singles win-loss record: 69 wins and 4 losses
- Best Grand Slam singles result: 4-time singles champion
- Career singles titles won: 28 and runner-up 14 times
- Is he on Twitter: Yes – follow him-> @DjokerNole
- Tennis racquet: HEAD YouTek IG Speed 18×20, follow Head-> @Head_Tennis
- Tennis Gear: Sergio Tacchini
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© 1st photo credit: Beth Wilson
© 2nd photo credit: Beth Wilson