Novak Djokovic's 2017 season was plagued with multiple injury issues, however, there is no denying the fact that the Serbians remains one of the best tennis players there has ever been. While his aggressive style of play coupled with a strong backhand - which is considered as one of the best in today's game - remains his well known quantity, there are some facts that his fans are still unaware of. Let's dive into it then.
Former World No.1 and 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has announced that he will be taking a break from tennis and won't be playing the game again in 2017. It was widely speculated that Djokovic would miss the US Open to recover from his elbow injury but this announcement means that Djokovic has decided to take further time off to fully recover from the bruised bone in his elbow.
Djokovic who has won 12 Grand Slams in his career and is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time has also claimed that he was carrying the elbow injury for the past year and a half and that the injury started to get aggravated in the past couple of months. He had to retire mid-way through his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych due to the same injury. Djokovic has not been at his best due to the injury and has struggled throughout the calendar year, failing to win a single Grand Slam tournament.
Former World No.1 and US Open champion Novak Djokovic is likely to give the final Grand Slam of the year a miss, to recover from his elbow injury, according to Serbian Davis Cup doctor Zdeslav Milinkovic. The Serb had to pull out midway during the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon against Tomas Berdych after suffering intense pain in his elbows.
Djokovic's injury has now been diagnosed as a bruised bone in his right hand, but he will avoid surgery and is likely to miss up to 12 weeks on the tour. This means that he is likely to give the US Open a skip, which will end his chances of winning a Grand Slam this year.
Former World No.1 Novak Djokovic has slammed the surface at the centre court in Wimbledon after his victory in the fourth round against French player Adrian Mannarino. Djokovic complained that the grass at the centre-court is of substandard quality, a claim which has previously been backed by other players.
Speaking after his victory, Djokovic said, "Many players, I mean, I'm not the only one, have been complaining a little bit about the condition of the court. The fact is that, you know, the court is not in a great condition. You know, as I said, you have to deal with it. The chair umpire in the end of the match asked me about the hole because midway through the match I mentioned there is a hole. He wanted me to show him, so I showed him. His reaction wasn't that great."
The men's and women's seeding for the 2017 edition of Wimbledon has been announced with very few surprises in the men's and women's draw of the tournament. Britain's World No.1 Andy Murray and Germany's Angelique Kerber have been given the top billings in the men's and women's draws respectively.
The traditional top 4 for the men's game will be the top 4 seeds heading into the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Andy Murray will be the top seed followed by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Alexander Zverev round up the top 10 seedings in the men's section of the draw.
This year’s French Open is the first time in the history of the ATP rankings that the top 5 men’s seeds are above the age of 30 years. While for many years it’s been said that with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal almost entering the retirement years of their careers, the start of a new revolution of tennis players isn’t far away.
There will be no Roger Federer, who ‘s probably decided to skip clay and reclaim the coveted crown he’s won the most number of times in his Grand Slam career, the Wimbledon. Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka start off as favourites but for the past year, they’ve been caught short by the likes of the talented Austrian, Dominic Thiem, German sensation, Sasha Zverev and the highly volatile Nick Krygios at various junctures. If at all there could be a time to rush in the new brigade of tennis players, French Open 2017 could be the perfect start.
Former World number one and eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi recently revealed that he initially declined Novak Djokovic's offer of coaching him but was convinced by his wife, former German World number one, Steffi Graf. She is considered as one of the greatest players of all-time, winning 22 majors. She had to convince Andre Agassi to take up the toughest job of coaching Novak Djokovic, who currently needs all the motivation and right guidance he can.
Earlier this month, the Serb decided to part with his entire coaching staff before the Madrid Open and soon after Djokovic's 6-4 6-3 defeat at hands of Alexander Zverev in the final of the Italian Open, the Serbian professional made a shocking announcement of making Andre Agassi as his new coach. Although there hasn't been any futuristic commitment between the both, Agassi will be with him in Paris for the upcoming French Open.
In a massive turn of events, World's number 2 Novak Djokovic saw himself getting outpowered by his 20-year-old German counterpart Alexander Zverev by 6-4 6-3 in the final of the Italian Open - a clash that lasted for one hour and 21 minutes.
And with this win, the 20-year-old German professional became the youngest player to win a Masters event champion after Djokovic himself won the 2007 Miami Open. Also, Zverev, who is sitting 17th in the world ranking, will now see himself getting elevated into the top 10 after this victory. Furthermore, Djokovic, who defeated Dominic Theim in the semi-final yesterday, was penalised after breaching a code violation for an audible obscenity in the seventh game of the second set.
"It's such an honour being on the court against one of the best ever players," Zverev was quoted by BBC. "If I have half the career Novak has had, I will be just fine."
Serbian sensation Novak Djokovic booked his place in the Italian Open final by defeating his Austrian counterpart Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-0 in the semi-final round of the tournament.
The 29-year-old world number two only lost one game in the in the 59-minute clash and will now ply his nails against the 20-year-old German ace Alexander Zverev in the final on Sunday. Dominic Thiem, who defeated Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3 in the quarter-final round of the tournament, was a no match for the Serbians brilliance. Djokovic, on the other hand, defeated Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-final round before getting the better of Thiem.
Having won the Italian Open crown in 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2015, Djokovic will now play his eight final in Rome. The 29-year-old branded this utter one-sided victory as his "best performance of this year".
Rafael Nadal who was facing Novak Djokovic for the 50th time, has entered the finals of the Madrid Open final after convincingly beating the Serb 6-2 6-4. Rafael Nadal will face either Austrian Dominic Thiem or Pablo Cuevas in the final of the Madrid Open. It was a pretty one-sided affair with Rafael managing to beat Djokovic in all aspects by running away with a lead of 5-1 in the opening set, breaking his serve twice in the process.
Rafael Nadal also ended a 7-match losing streak to one of his biggest rivals after Roger Federer. In attendance of this iconic match was Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was watching the match closely from the stands. Nadal took the 1st set easily in 40 sets, hardly breaking a set and things then started getting ominious for Nadal as he managed to convincingly topple Novak in the second set, taking it 6-4 and booking his place in the final of the Madrid Open.
Former World No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has announced that he is parting with his entire coaching staff before the Madrid Open. He has also opted to part with Marian Vajda who has coached the 12-time Grand Slam winner for the majority of his career. Others who have departed his team are fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic. This decision comes after the current No.2 has endured a disappointing campaign in 2017 so far.
Djokovic announced that it was a mutual decision and he would forever be grateful towards his coaching staff for helping him scale various heights in his coaching career. He also branded the shock decision as a 'shock therapy' for himself. He is yet to name his new coaching team.
Novak Djokovic was ousted from the Monte Carlo Masters by David Goffin in only his second match of the competition. This is the biggest win of Goffin’s career as this is for the first time in his life that he has beaten a top-three player, beating Djoko 6-2,3-6, 7-5 in the quarter-final.
Djokovic who returned from after healing his elbow injury looked completely out of touch and did many errors during the play. This made the task easier for Goffin who completely dominated the game on Friday.
Goffin will now meet 14-time major winner Rafael Nadal in the next match.
This is the second big exit in Monte Carlo Masters after Andy Murray was ousted two days ago. This is a big setback for both as these top-class plMonteyers as Monte Carlo Masters is a good preparation ground to prepare for French Open.
Djokovic was looking got his third title in Monte Carlo but it was not to be. He lost the first set convincingly and in the second set, despite making a strong comeback, he looked exhausted. He, however, did manage to win the second set 3-6.
In the opening game of the decider, Goffin made a big mistake of losing the serve. He managed to pull it back, making it 4-4 and from there the struggle to get on top began.
Nerves were getting better of Goffin as he wasted four break points. However, a mishit into the net by Djokovic made sure that Goffin had the game in his hand. This was the first win for Goffin in 6 games against Djokovic.