After finishing the previous season just outside the top-15, Novak Djokovic was ready to rumble in 2007. The young Serb made his debut with the title 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.
Nole played only tournament this year
Alexander Zverev touched on his victory against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics.
"It was emotional for both of us. I knew that I had secured a medal for Germany, which was a dream come true. I was playing Novak [Djokovic], who had barely lost a match that year and who, up until that moment, had won all three Grand Slams.
When I won, everything kind of came out of me. I started crying; I was very emotional. The only thing he hasn’t won in his career is the Olympics. He basically has every single record there is to have and has won every single thing except an Olympic gold medal," Zverev said.
"So in that moment [when I could have been screaming and ecstatic because it’s the most important trophy that any sports person can have] I tried to comfort him, to be honest”.