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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 January, 2004, 11:55 GMT
14 Jiri Novak
Jiri Novak
Born: 22/3/75
Nationality: Czech
Seeded: 14
World ranking: 14
Australian Open best:
Semi-final (2002)
Recent record:
2003: 3rd round
2002: Semi-final
2001: N/A
The 28-year-old has established himself in the world's top 15 over the last two years as his career continues to flourish in its latter stages.

In 2003, Novak did not quite manage to maintain the number five ranking he reached the previous season, but he is still one of the most consistent performers on the circuit.

Whether he can be a real contender for Grand Slams is questionable, and it is telling that he did not win a tournament in 2002 despite it being his best-ever year.

Last season the Czech managed to pick up his fifth career title, beating the newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in Gstaad in June.

He has a solid, if unspectacular, game that is best suited to hardcourts, and he has the memories of an Australian Open semi-final in 2002 to spur him on.



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