Nole’s Apotheosis

And now Novak Djokovic is forever part of the tennis heaven.

 

A few months ago, I wrote a post – which happened to never be aired – about Djokovic. In that post, I called him “the best ranked human of the ATP”, due to his capability of winning epics, like the US Open semifinal, and losing to guys like Melzer the way he did. Nine months later (? I’m terrible at math), I change my words.

Because by the US Open, I couldn’t predict he would start a winning streak ranging from the last two matches of the Davis Cup to Roland Garros – that’s like, six months. Six months without a single loss and cumulating 43 consecutive wins. And now, ahead of his first ever Wimbledon final, Novak has an astonishing record of 49 wins in his last 50 matches. *Whistles*

Prior to 2011, Djokovic hadn’t had a single win over Nadal in a final. He now has four. Consecutive. The same way he became the first man not called Roger Federer to beat Rafa in a clay final – and he did it twice. And what about the 41 wins to start the season, that earned him seven titles – one Grand Slam, four Masters, and one ATP-500 and 250?

Some things are out of question.

So let’s just take a moment to clap our hands to Djokovic, only the 25th – of many more who ever held a racquet to play pro tennis – man to, in a 52-week span, cumulate more points than everyone else in the world.

And even though Djokovic still has plenty of time to win more and more big events, I will call it: apotheosis complete.

 

 

Finishing with a stat, when Andy Roddick – the last player not called Federer or Nadal to be #1 – was last on top, on February 1st, 2004, Djokovic was a mere 16-year old. This measures what the Serbian just did, becoming the first to dethrone ‘Fedal’, despite the fact Nadal is on his prime and Federer is still… himself.

 

About Pete S. Liguori
Pete was born in São Paulo, Brasil. Loves sports - pigskin fanatic, tennis lover. One of his most famous quotes is "I'm no Tolstoi, but I love the Dallas Cowboys" His favorite quote of all time is "I'll keep playing", unknown author.

One Response to Nole’s Apotheosis

  1. This post is awesome (as they use to be), but this P.S. is just amazing. Andy Roddick => Fedal => Novak Djokovic. Mythic sequence.

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