Novak Djokovic became world no. 1 after Wimbledon 2011, playing almost perfect tennis in the first half that year and leaving all the rivals behind. Since then, Novak has been a player to beat, achieving many ranking records that will hardly get overshadowed in the future.
Novak leads the ATP ranking charts with seven year-end no. 1 honors and 361 weeks on the ATP throne, although he will lose the no. 1 spot next week to Daniil Medvedev. Djokovic made a name for himself in 2006, claiming his first ATP title and wishing to become world no.
1 one day, firmly believing in his abilities. Djokovic played at Wimbledon for the first time in 2005, just after turning 18, reaching the third round and proving his status as one of the youngest to beat in the future. Making rock-solid progress through the ATP list that year, the Serb could not follow the same pace in the opening months of 2006, earning mediocre seven wins in the ATP tournaments ahead of Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic spoke about his goals at Wimbledon 2006.
The Serb found his A-game in Paris to achieve the first quarter-final at Majors before retiring against Rafael Nadal after losing the opening two sets. Traveling to Wimbledon with his new coach Marian Vajda, Novak ousted Paul Goldstein, Tommy Robredo and Mikhail Youzhny after dropping only one set, setting the fourth-round meeting with a former Wimbledon semi-finalist Mario Ancic.
The youngster revealed he would love to become world no. 1 in the future, feeling confident in his game and wishing to challenge the rivals from the top. “I hope both Andy Murray and I could get into the top-10 soon. I do not see him as a rival, and I would be happy for him once he achieves that.
My goal is to become world no. 1 one day. My next opponent is Mario Ancic, and I played him once before, at the US Open last year. Mario is very talented, getting into the top-10 where everyone expected him to be; he has all the elements in his game, producing them pretty well.
He is very dangerous on this surface, already playing in the semi-final at Wimbledon and feeling comfortable; it should be a tough match. I should have a small advantage, as I had already defeated him before. Also, he is the favorite, and the pressure will be on him. We often practiced together, and it is a wide-open clash,” Novak Djokovic said.