What else can I say?
July 3, 2011 2 Comments
Novak Djokovic started the year carrying a 2-win streak from Davis Cup – he helped Serbia to win their first title.
Nole then won seven more, dropped only one set, crushed Murray in the final and lifted his second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
The then-23-year old from Belgrade next won Dubai, successfully defending the title for the 2nd time. In the final, he beat Federer.
In the United States, Djokovic repeated Federer and Nadal, by winning the Australian Open and Indian Wells in the same season; he defeated Federer – therefore becoming the world #2 – and Nadal – for the first time in a final – en route to it.
Very next week, after an exhibition played in Colombia, Djokovic kept winning. The streak was very real – and already scary – when he once again bounced Nadal in the final of Miami, imposing Rafa a third final defeat in three attempts at the SE Open.
Nole skipped Monte Carlo to take care of his knee. He arrived in Belgrade – tournament organized by his family – to kick off his clay swing. Needless to say he won the title.
In Madrid, the expected meeting with Nadal on clay; on the fastest dirt out there, Novak gave Rafa no chances, ending Nadal’s streak of… many matches on clay, dating back to the full swap in the 2010 season.
‘Losing’ was not on his dictionary when he won Rome for the second time – guess over who? – staying only a Roland Garros final distance from the world #1.
He finally lost, for the first time in more than six months, to Roger Federer; the streak died by the hands of the same man who had last beaten him.
Once again short six matches from the top of the rankings, Djokovic started the pursuit of his biggest dream (according to himself) sitting on a 41/1 YTD record.
Five wins later, he played Tsonga – who executed Federer in the very previous round – for the #1. And he made it.
Bearing 49 wins in his last 50 contested matches, Djokovic, the 25th player to ever reach the top of the rankings, played Nadal again, in the final of Wimbledon. He is now, alongside with Federer, the only player to ever beat Rafa in a Major final. He is now 48/1 in 2011, 50/1 since ’10 Davis Cup final.
Rafael Nadal 2011 Win-Loss record: 0-5 vs. Novak Djokovic, 51-3 vs. everyone else (Davydenko, Tsonga and Ferrer account for the ‘three’, by the way); not coincidence he is 3-5 in finals this year, while his Serbian counterpart compiled a 8-0 record so far.
That being said, I ask you: Do I need to say anything else?