Novak Djokovic: Tennis Player Profile

João Mourato

Monday, April 22, 2019 10:33 AM UTC

Monday, Apr. 22, 2019 10:33 AM UTC

Novak Djokovic is one of the few players in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time and he can do it again this year at the French Open.

<p> </p><p></p><h2 style="text-align:center">Career Numbers</h2><p></p><p> </p><p><br /><strong>Date of Birth:</strong> May 22, 1987</p><p><strong>Height:</strong> 6’2” (188 cm)</p><p><strong>Birthplace:</strong> Belgrade, Serbia</p><p><strong>Plays:</strong> Right Handed</p><p><strong>Titles:</strong> 73 (up to 22nd April 2019)</p><ul> <li><u>Grand Slams:</u> 15</li> <li><u>Masters 1000:</u> 32</li> <li><u>ATP Tour Finals:</u> 5</li> <li><u>Hard Court:</u> 55</li> <li><u>Clay:</u> 13</li> <li><u>Grass:</u> 5</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p></p><h2 style="text-align:center">Early Career</h2><p></p><p>Novak Djokovic began his professional international career at age 14, one year after he decided to move to Germany to join the Pilic Academy in Munich. Raised in a war-torn country, Djokovic said that the adversities of war motivated him even more to pursue a career in tennis. The Serbian made his professional debut at the age of 16 in 2003, winning one Future title in his first year on Tour.</p><p>Djokovic played his first ATP Tour events in 2004 but it was only in 2005 that Novak played his first full year on the ATP Tour. With only 18 years of age, Djokovic reached the third round in two Grand Slam events – Wimbledon and US Open – and ended the year inside the Top 100 for the first time in his career. In 2006, the Belgrade native claimed his maiden ATP Tour title in Amersfoort and reached the quarter-finals in Roland Garros.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><br />Breakthrough Years</h2><p></p><p>Djokovic made his Grand Slam breakthrough at the 2008 Australian Open as a 20-year-old, becoming the youngest player to win the title at Melbourne Park in 23 years. Djokovic also won two Masters 1000 titles – at Indian Wells and Rome – and the Tennis Masters Cup to end the year as the world No.3.</p><p>Despite Novak’s early success in Melbourne, it took him more than two years to reach another Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2010. Djokovic lost the final to Rafael Nadal after an epic five-set victory against Roger Federer in the semi-finals but this would still be a very important year for him. At the end of the year, Djokovic proved decisive in Serbia’s epic win over France at the Davis Cup final, winning his two singles rubbers at the Belgrade Arena.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><br />Period of Dominance</h2><p></p><p>Winning the Davis Cup helped Djokovic to reach a new level in his career and 2011 was one of the best years in his career. From the start of the season, Djokovic remained undefeated until the French Open semi-finals, winning 41 consecutive matches and seven titles. The Serbian ended the year as the world No.1 with 10 trophies, including two Grand Slam titles.</p><p>Djokovic continued his dominance in the following years, winning a total 48 titles between 2011 and 2016. Novak was nearly untouchable on this period, especially in 2015. Djokovic’s 2015 is still considered the best season of all time with three Grand Slam titles, six ATP Masters 1000 trophies, the ATP Tour Finals and an incredible record of 82 wins and 6 defeats. The Serbian carried his form to 2016 and became the third man in history to hold all four majors at the same time after his victory at the French Open.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><br />Lack of Motivation and Resurgence</h2><p></p><p>Djokovic spent almost six years at an unbelievable rhythm but finally felt the effects of all that after his victory in Roland Garros. The Serbian struggled for motivation in the upcoming months and even though he still made it to the US Open final, Djokovic was not the same player. After a slow start to the 2017 season, the 15-time Grand Slam champion decided to miss half of 2017 due to an elbow injury and finished the year outside the Top 10 for the first time since 2006.</p><p>Djokovic made his return at the 2018 Australian Open but only won six matches in his first six tournaments of the year. However, Djokovic rediscovered his best tennis at the All England Club and won his fourth Wimbledon title. The Serbian also regained the world No.1 ranking and will arrive in Paris this year as one of the main contenders after winning all the last three Grand Slam titles.</p><p> </p><p></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><br />Betting Profile</h2><p></p><p>Djokovic won 82.42% of the matches played throughout his career on the ATP Tour but has the Serbian been a profitable investment?</p><p>Looking at Novak’s overall numbers, the Serbian has an ROI of 2.5% according to <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle’s closing odds</a>. Djokovic has dominated the tour on all surfaces but Hard Court is clearly the one where he found more success and the numbers reflect that:</p><ul> <li>Hard Court: 4%</li> <li>Grass: 1.4%</li> <li>Clay: -0.7%</li></ul><p><br />Regarding Djokovic’s profitability according to price range, it’s surprising that the Serbian has been a profitable investment when priced as heavy favourite. Nevertheless, the most impressive numbers are when Djokovic is priced as slight favourite or underdog, which happened already 95 times in his career.</p><ul> <li>&lt; 1/5 (1.20): 1.4%</li> <li>1/5 (1.20) to 1/2 (1.50): -3.6%</li> <li>1/2 (1.50) to 1/1 (2.00): 23.8%</li> <li>1/1 (2.00) or higher: 16.7%</li></ul><p><br />Overall Djokovic has been a very interesting investment in his career. The Serbian has not been at his best since his victory at the Australian Open, which means that you might be able to find his <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/" target="_blank" title="Live Tennis Odds Board">tennis betting odds</a> in the ranges where he has been more profitable over the years. However, keep in mind that Novak’s main motivation are the Grand Slams at the moment before placing your <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/" target="_blank" title="More Predictions &amp; Free Tips">betting tips</a>.</p>
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