Serbia to honor Novak Djokovic

Updated: February 14, 2012, 9:54 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

BELGRADE, Serbia -- Novak Djokovic has been awarded the top state honor in Serbia.

President Boris Tadic has announced the tennis great will receive the Karadjordjeva Star Medal, the highest honor in the Balkan country.

Djokovic deserves the medal for "special merits in representing Serbia," Tadic said Tuesday.

Djokovic, the world's top-ranked player, won last month's Australian Open, his third straight Grand Slam title. He went 70-6 and won 10 titles in 11 finals in 2011, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and set the all-time record for men's prize money won in a season with $12.6 million.

Djokovic will formally receive the medal at a ceremony on Wednesday marking Serbia's statehood day.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.