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Home > Sports > Tennis > Australian Open 2008 > Reuters > Report

Novak Djokovic Factbox

January 27, 2008 17:37 IST

Factbox on 2008 Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic.

Born: May 22, 1987 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Lives: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Ranking: 3 (seeded three)

Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career titles: 8

Grand Slam titles: 1 Australian Open (2008)

Previous best Grand Slam performance: Finalist - US Open (2007); Semi-finalist - French Open (2007), Wimbledon (2007)

* Began playing tennis aged four, though his father Srdjan wanted him to play soccer.

* Comes from a family of professional skiers. Parents own a pizza and pancake restaurant in Serbia.

* Moved to Niki Pilic Academy in Munich aged 12, but returned to Belgrade two years later.

* First full year on tour in 2005, makes grand slam debut as a qualifier at the Australian Open, losing to Marat Safin [Images] in the first round. Finished as the youngest player (18 years, five months) inside the top 100.

* In 2006, wins first ATP tour title at Amersfoort, follows that with second title indoors at Metz.

* Breakthrough year in 2007, winning five titles (Adelaide, Miami [Images], Estoril, Montreal and Vienna) and making at least semi-finals in three of the four grand slams (French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open).

* Withdraws due to blisters in Wimbledon semi-final against Rafael Nadal [Images] before advancing to first grand slam final at Flushing Meadows, losing to Roger Federer [Images] 7-6 7-6 6-4.

* Becomes just the ninth man in the Open era to reach the Australian Open final without dropping a set.

* Jan 27, 2008 - wins first grand slam title beating unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6.

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