Factbox: Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic
Factbox on Novak Djokovic who beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to claim an eighth record Australian Open Sunday title.
World ranking: 2
Grand Slam titles: 17 ( Australian Open 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020; French Open 2016; Wimbledon 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019; US Open 2011, 2015, 2018)
* He started playing tennis at age four.
* His father was a professional skier and wanted his son to follow in his footsteps or play professional football, but he changed his mind when Djokovic excelled in tennis from an early age.
RACE TO DATE
* First full year on tour in 2005. Made Grand Slam debut as a qualifier at the Australian Open , losing to Russian Marat Safin in the first round. Finished as the youngest player (18 years, five months) inside the top 100.
* In 2006, he won his first ATP tour title in Amersfoort.
* He won five titles in 2007 (Adelaide, Miami, Estoril, Montreal and Vienna) and reached his first Grand Slam final at the US Open, losing by Roger Federer .
* Beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2008 Australian Open -- becoming the first Serbian man to win a singles major.
* He could not defend his title in Melbourne the following year after retiring from his quarterfinals against American Andy Roddick, citing heat exhaustion.
* He led Serbia to his first Davis Cup title with the victory over France in Belgrade in December 2010.
* Began 2011 by winning seven successive tournaments - Australian Open , Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, Belgrade, Madrid and Rome. Did not lose until June 3 when Federer ended his 41-match winning streak in the French Open semi-finals.
* He secured the number one spot on July 4, 2011 by beating Tsonga in the Wimbledon semifinals, then beat Rafael Nadal to get his first Wimbledon crown, his first title on grass.
* He saved two match points to beat Federer in the semifinals of the US Open and then defeated Nadal in the final to become the seventh man to win three Grand Slam titles in a year since tennis became professional in 1968.
* Won his third Australian Open title in 2012 by beating Nadal in five hours and 53 minutes.
* Began 2013 by beating Andy Murray to become the first man in the professional era to win three successive Australian Open titles.
* Defeat Federer in a five-set Wimbledon final in 2014.
* Reached all four Grand Slam finals in 2015. Began the year by capturing a fifth Australian Open title, then missed out on the French Open again - his third loss in the title match - after falling to Stan Wawrinka in the final.
* He won the third Wimbledon title by defeating Federer in the final. Defeat Federer in the US Open final, giving him three Grand Slam titles in a year for the second time.
* Beat Murray in the 2016 Australian Open final to win his 11th Grand Slam trophy.
* Defeat Murray again in the French Open final that year to finally win the biggest clay in his 12th attempt. The victory not only completed his Grand Slam collection, but also became the third man, after Don Budge and Rod Laver, to have the four majors at the same time.
* He retired in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2017 against Tomas Berdych and ended his season in July with a right elbow injury.
* Returned from a six-month injury absence at the 2018 Australian Open . Had elbow surgery following a last-16 exit to South Korean youngster Chung Hyeon.
* Defeat Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon final to seal his 13th Grand Slam.
* He finished the year in style by beating Juan Martín del Potro to win the US Open crown for the third time.
* Defeated Nadal in their 53rd career meeting to claim his 15th major and seventh Australian Open title in 2019.
* Djokovic's 26-match winning streak in Grand Slams ended with a loss to Dominic Thiem in the French Open semi-final.
* He defeated Federer to claim his fifth Wimbledon title.
* He failed to defend his title in the US Open after he retired due to an injury in the fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka.
* Djokovic helped Serbia win the inaugural ATP Cup in 2020 before triumphing in Melbourne Park for the eighth time.