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Novak Djokovic became the first man from Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title. Djokovic made his Grand Slam debut in the 2005 Australian Open, where he lost in the opening round to eventual winner Marat Safin. He first came to prominence in 2007. After losing to Rafa Nadal at the French and Wimbledon, he had many chances in the U. S. Open final against Federer but ended up losing in straight sets. At the 2008 Australian, Djokovic was determined not to let his chances slip and he beat Federer in straight sets in the semis before beating Jo-Wilfreid Tsonga in the final. At the French he lost to Nadal in the semi finals. At Wimbledon he lost early to a resurgent Marat Safin. At the U. S. Open he lost to Federer in the semis in four sets. At the 2009 Australian Open Djokovic retired against Andy Roddick in the middle of a hot Melbourne day but was criticised by some who believed he should have continued. He then lost early at the French and went out at Wimbledon in the quarter finals to Tommy Haas. At the 2010 U. S. Open Djokovic was back to his best as he beat Roger Federer in a superb semi final. However, in the final he was beaten by Rafael Nadal in four sets. With Nadal losing in the quarter finals of the 2011 Australian Open, Djokovic took full advantage with masterful displays against Federer in the semis and Andy Murray in the final. At the start of the French Open Djokovic hadn't lost a match all year. Some people were saying Djokovic was unstoppable, having beaten Nadal twice on clay in the run up to the French. However, only one of the titles during his long unbeaten run had been a Grand Slam. Federer beat Djokovic in the semis of the French in four sets. At Wimbledon Djokovic didn't hit top form but he held his nerve when it mattered when serving for the match against Nadal in the final and deservedly reached number one in the world rankings. In the U. S. Open semis Federer served for the match against Djokovic at 5-3 in the fifth set and had two match points but Djokovic fought back to win a memorable match. In the final Djokovic played his best match to date against Nadal. His powerful hitting was relentless and it had to be, because Nadal refused to be beaten. Djokovic showed incredible will to win and refused to be denied as he won in four sets. At the 2012 Australian Open Djokovic survived a five hour epic against Andy Murray in the semis. Then he played nearly six hours in the final against Nadal. Djokovic came from 4-2 down in the fifth to deny Nadal again. At the French Djokovic was below par and struggled to make his way through to the final (even saving match points in the quarters against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga). In the final Nadal beat him in four sets. At Wimbledon Djokovic looked nervous and wasn't moving as well as normal in losing to Federer in four sets in the semis. At the US Open Djokovic played a poor match against Murray in the final. How quickly things can change in tennis. In early June 2012 Djokovic was one match away from his fourth Grand Slam title in a row. By early September Djokovic had failed to win the French, Wimbledon and the US, surprising considering how dominant he had been the previous year plus at 25 years old he would seem to be at his peak. Djokovic showed signs of a return to form in the 2013 Australian Open, beating Murray in four sets to win his fourth title. In the French semis Djokovic lost to Nadal in a five set epic. At Wimbledon Djokovic played too defensively in the final against Murray and lost in straight sets. Djokovic then lost in four sets in the US Open final to Nadal. Djokovic has gone backwards in 2013. He used to be a player that was tough to beat on the big points, but this has been lacking in 2013. His decline continued at the start of 2014, with a five set lost to Stan Wawrinka in the quarers of the Australian. He also appointed Boris Becker to his coaching team. At the French Open, Djokovic lost an energy sapping final to Nadal. At Wimbledon Djokovic served for the title at 5-3 in the fourth set and had a match point in that set, but Federer came back to level at 2 sets all. Djokovic held on to won the fifth set 6-4 for an important victory, as he captured a Grand Slam championship for the first time in over a year. At the US Open Djokovic again showed his vulnerability in hot conditions as he wilted against Kei Nishikori in the semis. Djokovic was on form at the 2015 Australian, beating Murray in the final in four sets. At the French Djokovic thrashed Nadal and outlasted Murray but surprisingly lost to in four sets in the final to Stan Wawrinka. At Wimbledon Djokovic outplayed Federer in the final to win his ninth Grand Slam title. At the US Open Djokovic overcame Federer once again to win his tenth Grand Slam title. Djokovic beat Federer and Murray to win 2016 Australian Open and equal Roy Emerson's record of six men's singles titles at the event. Djokovic finally completed his career Grand Slam (and also became the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four Grand Slam mens singles titles in a row) when he beat Murray in the French Open final. After a surprise early loss to Samuel Querrey at Wimbledon, Djokovic again lost to Stan Wawrinka, this time in the US Open final. At the 2017 Australian Open, Djokovic's woes worsened with an early loss, followed by a humiliating loss to Dominic Thiem in the French quarters that included the loss of a love set. After an operation on his arm, Djokovic returned to form at Wimbledon 2018, beating Rafa Nadal in an epic semi final 10-8 in the fifth set before a straight sets victory over Kevin Anderson in the final to win his first Grand Slam title in over 2 years. Djokovic then won the US Open beating Juan Martin Del Potro in the final.
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