Novak Djokovic broke into the top 80 in 2005, gaining more than 100 positions on the ATP Rankings list and notching 11 ATP wins. Leaving the Challengers behind, Novak lived through the full ATP Tour season in 2006 and collected 40 wins to move to the brink of the top-15.
Still, the young Serb didn’t play as well in the first five months, scoring just seven ATP tournament wins and four more in the Davis Cup, to enter Roland Garros from outside the top-60. Djokovic raised his level at the second Major of the season, in Paris, and bested Luis Horna, Fernando Gonzalez, Tommy Haas and Gael Monfils to find himself in the first Major quarter-final.
Novak retired against world No. 2 Rafael Nadal after a strong effort in the first two sets, and started on the grass court with Marian Vajda as coach. Djokovic reached the third round at Wimbledon in 2005, and took another step a year later after beating Paul Goldstein, Tommy Robredo and Mikhail Youzhny.
Novak lost the first set against the Russian before picking up excellent pace, not losing serve again and surrendering five breaks to control the pace and find himself in the second week. After the match, Novak praised Wimbledon as the most prestigious Major and one of his favorite tournaments.
In addition, he ruled out the possibility of playing for Great Britain in the future, since for a couple of years he has heard such rumors and has firmly rejected them. “I have been echoing the same thing since Paris, and I have to repeat it; there is nothing serious between the LTA and me.
The worst thing for me is even those stories about my becoming British starting. I got confused when I saw those stories, and they are not valid. I have nothing more to say about that, especially Wimbledon, one of my favorite tournaments.”
Nole Djokovic is relaxing
During the interview, Goran Ivanisevic also looked back at what has been a difficult season for Novak Djokovic. “The year started disastrously, and ATP’s decision to remove points at Wimbledon is totally crazy and wrong in my opinion.
But an important victory for him (Djokovic), he needed it, he showed that he is arguably the best player on grass,” the Croatian said. Ivanisevic asserted that the 35-year-old really needed to win the title at Wimbledon and the must-win situation brought out the best in him.
“He really needed it, when you need to win something, then it’s the hardest. He showed his best tennis at that time.”