At 34, Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, having won 20 major titles and looking to land another at the US Open. In March, Novak passed Roger Federer and became the player who spent the most weeks as world number 1, securing a record that will be difficult to break in the future.
Fifteen years ago, the teenager Djokovic wanted to enter the top 10 after remarkable results at the start of 2007, with a title in Adelaide and a loss to Federer at the Australian Open.
After the Rotterdam semi-final and Dubai quarter-final, Novak made it to the first Masters 1000 of the season, in Indian Wells, as the 13th in the world, being among the favorites and playing well the first four rounds for eliminate all his opponents in consecutive sets.
Novak lost his serve three times to Robby Ginepri, beating the American 6-4, 6-4 and leveling up to lose just seven games to Evgeny Korolev and Julien Benneteau. In the quarterfinals, Djokovic beat David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 17 minutes for his first Masters 1000 semi-final at 19, giving up 17 points in ten service games and suffering a break.
He broke David three times to control the scoreboard and end up in the last four, against Andy Murray. Djokovic believed he could reach the top 10 that year, and was looking to clinch the title at Indian Wells after playing at a high level.
Djokovic reached the first semi-final of a Masters 1000 in 2007.
“I think I’ve proven myself to be one of the favorites for the title, both with my results this season and here at Indian Wells.
I believe I can reach my goal and make it to the top 10 this year. I do not rush, I do not run after records and results, everything will come with time and experience.
I have to stay focused on my tennis and get even better. It was hot on the pitch, but I felt good physically. In the first game, I didn’t play very well against Robby Ginepri, but the next three games were great. “
“Vajda and I started working together nine months ago; he gave me the right advice and improved my game a lot. When you’re in the top 20, you don’t have to work on anything special. but rather on little things that you may not notice on your own and on the mental side of the game.
This is why it is important to have a coach. I’m trying to improve my serve and volley with Mark Woodforde; I should use my opportunities more often and rush to the net because I have strong groundstrokes and the ability to open the court, ”said Novak Djokovic.