1. Novak Djokovic in Australian Open final: Factbox

Novak Djokovic in Australian Open final: Factbox

Serbian Novak Djokovic, who is battling Britain's Andy Murray in Australian Open final (took first set 7-6) on Sunday, is contesting his fifth men's singles final in Oz.

By: | Melbourne | Updated: February 1, 2015 5:27 PM
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Andy Murray of Britain during their men’s singles final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne February 1, 2015. REUTERS

Serbian Novak Djokovic, who is battling Britain’s Andy Murray in Australian Open final (took first set 7-6) on Sunday, is contesting his fifth men’s singles final in Oz.

Here are some of the highlights of his career:

GRAND SLAM TITLES (7): Australian Open: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013; Wimbledon: 2011, 2014; U.S. Open: 2011

Born: Belgrade, May 22, 1987

BACKGROUND

Began playing tennis aged four. His father was a professional skier and wanted his son to be a skier or professional soccer player but changed his mind when Djokovic excelled at tennis from an early age.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER:

Had first full year on tour in 2005 and finished the season as the youngest player (18 years, five months) inside the top 100.

Won his first ATP tour title the following year at Amersfoort, followed that with second title indoors at Metz.

Made it to the 2006 French Open quarter-finals and the Wimbledon semi-final but retired in both matches against Rafa Nadal.

Won five titles (Adelaide, Miami, Estoril, Montreal and Vienna), in 2007 and made his first grand slam final at the U.S. Open, losing to Roger Federer.

Broke the Federer-Nadal grand slam duopoly by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win his maiden major title at Melbourne Park in 2008.

Failed to defend his title in Melbourne the following year after controversially pulling out of his quarter-final against American Andy Roddick citing heat exhaustion on a sweltering day.

Led Serbia to their first Davis Cup title in 2010 with victory over France in Belgrade.

Won his second Australian Open in 2011, beating Murray in the final.

Won his next six tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, Belgrade, Madrid and Rome before Federer ended his 41-match winning streak in the French Open semi-finals.

Secured the number one spot on July 4 by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Wimbledon semi-finals, then beat Nadal to clinch his first Wimbledon crown, his first title on grass.

Won a record fifth Masters title in a season with victory in Toronto, one of the lead-up events to the U.S. Open.

Defeated Nadal in the final of the U.S. Open to become just the seventh man to win three grand slam titles in a year since tennis turned professional in 1968.

Won his third Australian Open title in 2012, and fifth overall when he beat Nadal in a grand slam final record five hours and 53 minutes.

Retaining his Australian Open crown in 2013 with another win over Murray to become the first man in the professional era to win three successive Australian Open titles.

Defeated Federer for 2014 Wimbledon title for his seventh grand slam.

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    redwood
    Feb 1, 2015 at 5:57 pm
    Mr. castle comentater should be more nutrale with his coments as he is to one sided with remarks all praise for murray after all djokovic is after all number 1 and murray is scotish not English he should give praise when due to both , we have to turn the sound down on tv becace he has got on our nerves with him going on , get rid of him there are plenty of better comentaters around.
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      redwood
      Feb 1, 2015 at 5:48 pm
      the Australian open ,concerning comintater mr. castle I know murray is scotish not English but his remarks all the time is for murray in his job as comintater he should give praise when due to dyokovic ,we have turnd the sound down on our tv as he is to much one sided ,
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