Novak Djokovic gallery: His double Golden Masters in pictures

Novak Djokovic

Even against the backdrop of recent controversies, the on-court dominance of Novak Djokovic is undeniable.

Here we look at how he became the only man to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 events.

Novak Djokovic
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic interacts with fans as he takes part in a training session in preparation for the Rolex Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China. 

The first of the Serb’s many ATP Masters titles was won in Miami in 2007.

Novak Djokovic
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with his trophy after defeating Argentina’s Guillermo Canas in the final of the 2007 Miami Open, giving the young star his first Masters series title.

Djokovic also won his first Canadian Open title in 2007.

Novak Djokovic
On his way to his second ATP Masters title, Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and knocked off Roger Federer in the final to well and truly announce himself as a big time player.

After reaching the final at Indian Wells in 2007, Djokovic added a third ATP 1000 title to his record in the California desert in 2008.

Rafael Nadal
Indian Wells in 2008 saw Novak Djokovic claim another ATP 1000 semifinal victory over Rafael Nadal before he defeated home favourite Mardy Fish to claim his third Masters Series title.

Djokovic was on the double again in 2008 as he also claimed a maiden Italian Open title.

Italian Open Rome
Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds the trophy after defeating Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the finals of the Rome Masters men’s tennis tournament, at the time it was his fourth career ATP 1000 title

Djokovic lost four Masters Series finals in 2009.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic suffered losses at the final hurdle in Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Cincinatti but it appeared those near misses built his resolve and inspired the breakthrough that would come.

Having traditionally struggled at the only indoor Masters event in Paris, Djokovic defied expectations and ensured that he would win an ATP 1000 event in 2009.

Paris Masters
Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with his trophy after defeating Gael Monfils of France in their final match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament November 15, 2009. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE SPORT TENNIS)

In 2010, Djokovic endured a title famine at ATP 1000 and Grand Slam level at least.

Miami Open
After the success of 2007-9, Djokovic suffered a mini-slump in 2010 in the face of growing criticism that he didn’t take the game seriously enough, but those opinions would soon be swayed.

The dam would break in 2011 though, as Djokovic won five Masters series titles including a first Madrid Open triumph.

Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic dethroned the king of clay in his backyard in Madrid in 2011 to underline his evolution as a player and highlight just how much of a threat he would be to the dominance of the Spaniard and Roger Federer.

Shanghai is no longer a stop on the ATP Tour but Djokovic lifted the trophy there four times, the first in 2012.

Andy Murray
Novak Djokovic won his first Shanghai Masters in 2012, defeating Great Britain’s Andy Murray in the final and he would go on to defend the title the following year.

The record-breaking world no 1 won his first Monte Carlo Masters in 2013, going on to claim wins in Paris and Shanghai as well.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal’s unbeaten run at the Monte Carlo Country Club as he won first set of their 2013 final 6-2, before taking the second set 7-6 (7-1) to leave just one jewel missing from his crown.

The Cincinnati Masters eluded Djokovic until he finally captured the crown in 2018. In 2020, he would also complete a double career Golden Masters, in the Queen City.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic made history in Ohio in 2018 when he became the first, and to date only man to complete a career Golden Masters, claiming all nine of the active Masters’ tournaments played during his time in the game.