After finishing the previous season just outside the top-15, Novak Djokovic was ready to rumble in 2007. The young Serb made his title debut in Adelaide and reached the fourth round at the Australian Open. Mikhail Youzhny brought him down indoors in Marseille and Rotterdam, before Novak set up another showdown with Federer in Dubai.
The youngster took a set in the quarterfinals before losing in three sets to propel the Swiss. At the first Masters 1000 of the season, in Indian Wells, Djokovic reached his first semi-final at that level, playing well in the first four rounds and winning every match in straight sets.
Novak suffered three breaks against Robby Ginepri in the first match but beat the American 6-4 6-4. The Serb dominated serving and returning to drop just seven games to Evgeny Korolev and Julien Benneteau to reach the round of 16.
In the quarters, Djokovic defeated world number 15 David Ferrer 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 17 minutes, to obtain the best result in the premium level of the ATP, losing 17 points in ten service games. and suffering a break from four chances offered to David.
For his part, Novak added three breaks to have the advantage and enter the semifinals. The Serbian would face his contemporary and good friend Andy Murray in a battle for the final, facing him for the second time on Tour. Before the match, Novak said that he and Andy had known each other since they were 12 years old, fighting in the junior category and in Madrid last fall.
Also, they practiced together many times and played doubles in Australia a couple of years ago. “Yes, I am looking forward to meeting Andy Murray in the semi-finals if he wins today. There is no pressure going into that game.
I knew I would have to face the top guys all the time, I just try to play my game and stay focused.”
Djokovic has resumed training
Two weeks after obtaining his 7th title at Wimbledon, his 21st in Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic is still enjoying his vacation.
He is aware that his chances of being able to travel to the United States to compete in the US Open (August 29 to September 11) are almost nil. From Croatia where he is having a good time with his two brothers, the Serb made a strong statement to the local media.
“It’s always nice to win at least one Grand Slam in a season, especially when it’s Wimbledon, a tournament that means a lot to me. The season is successful, everything that will happen in the future is just a bonus,” assured Nole.
Novak Djokovic in Croatia on vacation: “I arrived with my two younger brothers, we took the opportunity to be together. We haven’t spent time together for a long time and here we are. We’re touring the Croatian coast and enjoying ourselves.”