Incredible Djokovic raises tennis to new heights

At this year's Australian Open, Djokovic's amazing powers of recovery came into focus after he went five punishing sets against Stanislas Wawrinka, but showed no ill-effects in his quarter-final with Tomas Berdych.

updated: January 26, 2013 14:16 IST
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Melbourne: Novak Djokovic has reinvented himself from precocious but fragile talent to set new standards in men's tennis, raising the bar set by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The 25-year-old once had a reputation for retirements, seen graphically at the 2009 Australian Open when, as defending champion, he pulled out of his quarter-final with Andy Roddick citing exhaustion in the extreme heat.

But Djokovic underwent a transformation, dropping gluten from his diet and changing his training habits, and after helping Serbia win the 2010 Davis Cup he put together one of the finest seasons ever seen in 2011.

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  • Tennis
  • Roger Federer
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  • Rafael Nadal
  • David Ferrer
  • Bernard Tomic
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Andy Murray
  • Australian Open 2013