Djokovic qualified for his first Grand Slam when he was just 17 years old, having gone pro two years earlier. The kid went up against seasoned veteran Marat Safin in the first round and lost badly to the tournament’s eventual champion in straight sets, 0–6, 2–6, 1–6. Despite his tough start, Djokovic bounced back to reach the third rounds of both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open later that year, and made it all the way to the quarterfinal of the 2006 French Open.
We count down the most important moments in the tennis career of this month’s Men’s Fitness cover guy.
2005 Australian Open, First GS Appearance
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