Novak Djokovic's Tryst with the Lucky Number 3
For the last 9 years, only 3 players have won the Wimbledon Championship, 9 divided by 3 gives you a three.
So let us see the magic of the number 3 in the career of Novak Djokovic, the current Wimbledon Champion.
- He has three brothers (including Djokovic ); Marko and Srdjan being the younger two. Incidentally all three are tennis players.
- At 12 years old, he spent three months at Nikola Pili?’s tennis academy in Munich, Germany before his international career began.
- Three weeks after Wimbledon, he won his maiden title at the Dutch Open in Amersfoort in 2006.
- He has played the longest best-of-three sets men’s singles match ever against Nadal in the finals of ATP Masters Madrid (4 hours and threeminutes).
- He has won three Grand Slams (two Australian Opens and One Wimbledon crown).
- He is the third Serbian to become World Number One in tennis (since the division of Yugoslavia) Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovi? being the other two
- From the 2010 Davis Cup finals to the 2011 French Open, Djokovic had a 43-match win streak, third only to Guillermo Vilas and Ivan Lendl.
- Djokovic is the youngest player in the Open Era to defeat the top three players in succession when he defeated world number 3 Andy Roddick, world number 2 Nadal, and World number 1 Federer in the 2007 Rogers Cup.
- He has stayed as the World No 3 for the most consecutive weeks, 91 to be precise.
- He is the winner of the first “Big 3” tournaments in one season(2011); i.e Australian Open, Indian Wells Masters, Miami Masters and incidentally shares the record with other three greats; Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras
- By winning all three of his matches, he played a key role in the 2007 play-off win over Australia, promoting Serbia to World Group in 2008
- Djokovic had once used three different types of contact lenses in a match against Rafael Nadal.
- Three is also the number of times Rafael Nadal has lost in a Grand Slam final, all three being Wimbledon.
By the way, the Wimbledon Final was held on July 3
Sorry Andy Murray, but as of now there are only three elite players at the top of Men’s Tennis.. Rafa, Roger and Djoker