It was his first final on the big tennis circuit. He had 24 tournaments as a professional and at just 19 years of age he gave himself a great taste. The one to open its showcases with trophies. Those that the coronavirus stopped in February in Dubai. With his account at 79.
On July 23, 2006, Nicolás Massú’s forehand went long and Djokovic jumped twice, knelt down looking at the sky, offered ball, cap and even racket to the public present in Amersfoort, Netherlands.
The Chilean was the double Olympic champion of Athens 2004. And in that same season he had triumphed in Costa do Sauipe. He had experience. But the youth had other plans.
Nole was 36 in the world and won the trophy, not without perspiring, 7-6 (5) and 6-4 in two hours and twenty minutes of a demanding game in the sun.
After that final, 112 more came for the Serbian, of which he celebrated in 78. But for all accounts, you have to start with the first. The first of number one.