Baseline is looking back at some of the biggest upsets of the 2000s at the Miami Open.
Having made a successful debut in Davis Cup as a 16-year-old in 2004, Novak Djokovic cruised through his next two rubbers in 2005 before he was introduced to the true nuances of the international team competition.
Up two sets to one against Belgium’s Olivier Rochus in the second round of zonal competition, the world No. 33 rallied for a five-set win. When the two faced each other again later in the year, Rochus dealt the teenager a more routine loss indoors in Lyon, France.
Djokovic finally managed to turn the tide on Rochus when they met in 2009 in Halle, Germany, on grass. By that time, the Serb had settled into his role as one of the game’s best players, having captured his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open the year prior.
Starting the 2010 season at No. 3 in the world, Djokovic rose to No. 2 after the Australian Open and soon captured his first title of the year in Dubai. Afterward, he posted two wins in Davis Cup and ran his winning streak to nine before it came to a halt in the fourth round in Indian Wells.