As we all know, Novak Djokovic had struggled a lot in his early years on Tour, calling medical time-outs and racking up a couple of retirements. Djokovic was unable to stay on the court for an entire match against Roger Federer in Monte Carlo 2008, and he retired at the Australian Open next January against Andy Roddick.
Thus, Novak was unable to defend the Melbourne crown he claimed a year ago, not feeling well after a grueling pair of encounters and walking off the court as Andy led 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 2-1 after two and a half hours. Roddick lost the first set, but there was nothing wrong with his game, hitting 43 winners and 14 unforced errors to keep the pressure on the defending champion.
Novak claimed the first set and didn't feel well after that, thinking of retiring in the closing stages of the second set but holding on and playing until 1-2 in the fourth. Djokovic stayed on court until 2:30 am against Marcos Baghdatis two days earlier and didn't practice before facing Roddick.
He wanted to compete during the night session, but the organizers refused and put him in the blazing sun and high temperatures. There were no breaks in the first set, and Novak claimed the first four points of the tie break with forehand winners.
Djokovic netted a volley winner at 4-2 and clinched the set with another powerful forehand at 6-3. Andy took the first break at 3-3 in set number two with a smash winner and hit a service winner at 5-4 to end the set and gain momentum.
Struggling increasingly physically, Djokovic lost serve early in the third set when Roddick planted a perfect forehand down the line before recovering the break in the next game. After forcing the opponent's error, Andy broke again at 2-2 and kept it 4-2 with another ace down the T-line.
After double faulting, Djokovic fell 5-2 and allowed Roddick to close out the set with a service winner in game eight.
Djokovic won Wimbledon
During a recent podcast interview reported by Tennis365, Mike Tyson, after revealing that tennis has changed his daughter's life, spoke about the current men's circuit and revealed that Novak Djokovic is his favorite player.
“Novak Djokovic is my favorite player. If he's okay, I really enjoy watching him play. He's my favorite because the way he came back from injury and beat guys like Nadal and Federer is impressive. He's a real fighter."