Novak Djokovic won the 2016 French Open and in the process also achieved a 'Career Slam'. We give you some interesting facts and information about the tennis World no. 1.
Novak Djokovic. Pic/ AFP
>> Djokovic became only the second men's singles tennis player after Rod Laver to win a 'Career Slam' in history
>> Djokovic can speak an impressive four different languages – Serbian, English, Italian and German.
>> He has won 12 Grand Slams – 6 Australian Open titles, 1 French Open title, 3 Wimbledon and 2 US Open titles. He has also won the Davis Cup in 2010.
Novak Djokovic at the 2016 French Open. Pic/ AFP
>> He maintained his world no. 3 ranking for almost four years in a row since 2007.
>> He is famously known for his various impersonations. He can impersonate sports stars such as John McEnroe, Maria Sharapova and Andre Agassi among many others.
>> He got married to Jelena Ristic in July 2014, whom he was dating since 2005. The couple knew each other since their school days. He has a son Stefan with her.
>> Djokovic is close friend with fellow Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic since childhood. His uncle and Ana’s father are friends.
>> His Australian Open final match in 2012, which he won, lasted 5 hours and 53 minutes. It is the longest match in the Open Era as well as in Aus Open history.
>> Novak is the only player to beat Roger Federer in all four Grand Slam events. (Australian Open, French Open, US Open and Wimbledon)
>> Djokovic is gluten-intorelant.
>> Djokovic has features in the music video for the song ‘Hello’ by Martin Solveig and Dragonette.
>> A Serbian rock band known as Zona B titled one of their songs’ The Joker’ dedicated to Djokovic.