Novak Djokovic played at Wimbledon for the first time in 2005, right after turning 18, reaching the third round and proving his status as one of the youngest to beat in the future. Making rock-solid progress through the ATP list that year, the Serb couldn’t follow the same pace in the opening months of 2006. Novak grabbed mediocre seven wins in the ATP tournaments ahead of Roland Garros before finding his best tennis in Paris to make the first Major quarter-final. Despite giving his best, Djokovic had to retire against the defending champion Rafael Nadal after losing the opening two sets.
Novak Djokovic spoke about his goals at Wimbledon 2006.
Traveling to Wimbledon with his new coach Marian Vajda, Novak ousted Paul Goldstein, Tommy Robredo and Mikhail Youzhny after a reliable performance and only one set lost, arranging the fourth-round meeting with a former Wimbledon semi-finalist Mario Ancic. Novak lost the opening set against Youzhny, bouncing back in style to control the second set’s pace and race towards the finish line. After the match, Novak praised his next opponent Mario Ancic, saying he knows him well as they trained a lot together. Also, the youngster revealed he would love to become world no. 1 in the future, feeling confident in his game and abilities to challenge the rivals from the top in the years to come.
“I hope both Andy Murray and I could get into the top-10 soon. I don’t see him as a rival, and I would be happy for him once he achieves that. My goal is to become world no. 1 one day. My next opponent is Mario Ancic, and I played him once before, at the last year’s US Open. Mario is very talented, getting into the top-10 where everyone expected him to be; he has all the elements in his game, producing them pretty well. He is very dangerous on this surface, already playing in the semi-final at Wimbledon and feeling comfortable; it should be a tough match. I should have a small advantage because he is the favorite and due to the fact that I had already defeated him before. We often practiced together, and it is a wide-open clash,” Novak Djokovic said.