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On July 23, 2006, Novak Djokovic lifted his first ATP trophy at the clay-court event in Amersfoort, Netherlands. At the time, the Serbian was 19 years old, ranked No. 36, and had shown an ability to compete against the best in the world with a quarterfinal run at Roland Garros. This would be the start of his journey towards the top of sport, as within a year, Djokovic would reach the Top 3.

Now 32, Djokovic recently hoisted his 16th Grand Slam trophy when he pulled through a five-set battle against rival Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final. Djokovic showcased the heart and grit of a champion when he saved two match points before prevailing in the tournament's first men's match decided by a winner-take-all tiebreaker at 12-12 to claim his fifth Wimbledon title.

Who knew on that day 13 years ago, the tennis world was looking at a future 16-time Grand Slam champion? 

Djokovic posted a 7-6 (5), 6-4, victory over former Amersfoort champion Nicolas Massu to win the title.

Djokovic's latest Wimbledon triumph pulled him within just four majors of Federer's all-time leading mark of 20. 


It was a match to remember forever. Match that had everything in it. Match that transcends our sport. I am eternally grateful to be part of it. Major respect to Roger for a titan fight. It has been quite a tennis journey for me in the last 12 months. Coming back from injury and trying to get to the level of tennis which would allow me to compete for Slams. Self belief, resilience, dedication and major support from my closest people in Life allowed me to be where I am today. I am blessed and I am aware of it. Wimbledon, it has been a great pleasure to make history and share the court with legend of our sport once more. I will keep on dreaming to still be part of these memorable moments in the future. By the way, grass tasted like never before ???????????? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bio je to meč za vek vekova. Meč koji ću doživotno pamtiti i prepričavati svojoj deci. Večna zahvalnost Nebesima što su mi dozvolili da budem deo ovakvog spektakla. U ovo meču je svega bilo. Poštovanje Federeru na velikoj borbi. Tenisko “Putovanje” u poslednjih 12 meseci je stvarno bilo fascinantno. Vraćanje tenisu od povrede, želja da se dostigne nivo tenisa koji bi mi dozvolio da se takmičim za najveće trofeje u tenisu. Vera u sebe, upornost, posvećenost i velika podrška mojih bližnjih su mi dozvolili da budem ovde danas. Blagosloven sam i veoma sam svestan toga. Bilo je zadovoljstvo stvarati istoriju na drevnim terenima Wimbledon-a i deliti teren ponovo sa legendom našeg sporta. Nastaviću da sanjam da budem deo ovako nezaboravnih trenutaka u budućnosti. Uzgred, trava je bila ukusnija nego ikad ????????????

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With time on his side, Djokovic has his sights on marching towards history  and will enter the US Open having won four of the past five Grand Slam events.