A close look at the career of the Serbian world No 1
Last Updated: January 27, 2013 1:18pm
Novak Djokovic: Won his third successive Australian Open title on Sunday
On Sunday Novak Djokovic became the first man in the Open Era to win three successive Australian Open titles as he beat Andy Murray in the final.
Djokovic came through in four sets to avenge his defeat to the Briton in last year's US Open final.
We take a look at the career of the world No 1 who now has six grand slam titles to his credit.
1987: Born May 22 in Belgrade.
1999: Joins the Nikola Pilic academy in Munich, Germany.
2006: June - Reaches French Open quarter-finals, where he is beaten by David Nalbandian.
July - Wins first title at the Dutch Open in Amersfoort.
2007: February - Wins the Miami Masters to climb into the world's top 10.
June - Reaches the French Open semi-finals, losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
September - Loses the US Open final to Roger Federer in straight sets.
December - Ends the year as world number three.
2008: January - Wins Australian Open after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7/2) in the final, becoming first Serbian to claim a singles grand slam title.
June - Loses to Nadal in straight sets in semi-finals of the French Open.
July - Crashes out in the second round at Wimbledon to Marat Safin.
August - Wins bronze medal in singles at Beijing Olympics.
September - Loses to Federer in US Open semi-finals.
2009: January - Cannot successfully defend Australian Open title as he retires in fourth set of quarter-final against Andy Roddick citing heat exhaustion, muscle cramps and soreness.
July - Loses to Tommy Haas in quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
September - Defeated by Roger Federer in semi-finals of US Open.
2010: January - Knocked out by Tsonga in five sets in quarter-finals of Australian Open, but still moves up to career-high number two in the rankings.
June - Loses in five sets to Jurgen Melzer in French Open quarter-finals.
July - Loses to Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets in Wimbledon semi-finals.
September - Loses in four sets to Nadal in US Open final, having beaten Federer in a thrilling five-set semi-final.
December - Helps Serbia win Davis Cup for the first time with a 3-2 victory over France in the final in Belgrade. Ends the year ranked third in the world.
2011: January - Beats Federer in semi-finals of Australian Open to set up meeting with Andy Murray in the final. Crushes Murray 6-4 6-2 6-3.
June - After adding titles at Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, Belgrade, Madrid and Rome, to start the year with 41 straight victories, Djokovic's winning run comes to an end when he loses to Federer in the French Open semi-finals.
July 1 - Beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets to reach first Wimbledon final. Victory also means Djokovic will overtake Nadal to become world number one.
July 3 - Beats Nadal 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 in the final to win his first Wimbledon title.
September 12 - After saving two match points before beating Federer in the semi-finals, Djokovic beats Nadal in four sets in the US Open final for his third grand slam title of the year and 64th win from 66 matches.
2012: January - Beats Murray in four hours and 50 minutes in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, and then produces another superhuman effort to see off Nadal in the final in five hours and 53 minutes.
March 25 - Beats Murray in straight sets to win the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
June 10 - Gets to the final of the French Open but is beaten in straight sets by Nadal.
July 6 - Loses to Federer in the semi-finals of Wimbledon, relinquishing his crown.
August 4 - Murray gets the better of him in the Olympic semi-finals.
September 10 - Beaten 7-6 (12/10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 by Murray in US Open final as the Scot finally breaks his grand slam duck.
2013: January 27 - Beats Murray 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 6-2 in the Australian Open final, becoming the first man in the Open era to win three successive Melbourne crowns.