When Novak Djokovic claimed first ATP title

Novak Djokovic recently claimed his 88th ATP title at Wimbledon, lifting his 21st Major and moving closer to Rafael Nadal. Novak has collected at least two ATP trophies in every season since 2006, proving his incredible consistency and hoping to reach 100 titles in the upcoming years. Djokovic’s first ATP crown came in July 2006 at the ATP 250 event in Amersfoort. Novak toppled former champion Nicolas Massu 7-6, 6-4 in two hours and 19 minutes in the title clash to emerge at the top and lift the trophy. The Serb advanced into his first Major quarter-final at Roland Garros that June and lost in the Wimbledon fourth round.

Djokovic returned to clay in Amersfoort and defeated Boris Pashanski, Tomas Zib, Marc Gicquel and Guillermo Coria en route to his first ATP final. Novak took down Massu after a thrilling fight to conquer the first ATP crown and crack the top-30. Almost nothing could separate Djokovic and Massu, and Novak created the crucial gap in the most extended exchanges. A teenager repelled two out of four break chances and seized three out of ten return opportunities to overpower the more experienced rival in straight sets. Both players struggled to find the first serve, and Novak drew more from his initial shot, with a similar performance on the second serve.

Novak Djokovic won the first ATP title in Amersfoort in 2006.

Djokovic made a good start, converting the fourth break point in game two when Nicolas missed a forehand. A backhand down the line winner sent Novak 3-0 in front, and he held in game five to forge a 4-1 gap. Massu was back on the positive side of the scoreboard after a forehand winner in game seven, and he held at 15 with an ace in the next one to level the score at 4-4 and gain momentum. Djokovic lost the ground a bit in those moments and faced two break points in the ninth game. The youngster fended them off for an essential hold after another unreturned serve that forced Massu to serve to stay in the set. The Chilean claimed that game for 5-5 and saved a break point with a volley winner at 5-6 to introduce a tie break. Djokovic recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the breaker and grabbed it 7-5 after over 80 minutes of exhausting tennis, hoping for a similar outcome in set number two.

Carried by this boost, the youngster earned a break at the beginning of the second set to extend his lead. Novak stayed in front only for a few minutes, as he netted a backhand in the next game to bring Massu back to the positive side. There were commanding holds on both sides before Novak broke again for a 4-3 advantage. The Serb fired a service winner in the next one to cement the lead and move closer to the finish line. The Chilean saved match points in game nine to prolong the encounter and reduce the deficit to 4-5. Still, he sprayed a forehand error in game ten to hand the trophy to Novak, who started a massive celebration in front of his coach Marian Vajda and girlfriend Jelena.