For most athletes, as they begin to move away from their prime years and start getting older they see a drop in their performance.
Novak Djokovic is not like most athletes.
Setting himself apart
In the tennis world, 2011 is known by many as 'the year of the Djoker', and one would assume that after having a year named after you, you’ve probably peaked. However, Djokovic is out to prove everyone wrong about that. 2015 has been an even better year for the Serbian as he just claimed his tenth title of the season by beating Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 in the Paris Masters finals.
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Highlighting his second ‘career’ year are his Australian Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon victories. He even made it to the final of the French Open and, despite losing to Stanislas Wawrinka, he still put up a strong fight as the match went to four sets before it was decided.
All of these victories, amongst smaller tournament wins, have put him four ahead of Rodger Federer and six ahead of Murray in titles this season.
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The year of the Djoker
To truly understand why 2015 is so special, we need to look back at his groundbreaking 2011 season.
In 2011, Djokovic wasted no time making it clear that it was his year to rise to the top as he instantly reeled off a 41-match winning streak, during which he captured his second Australian Open title.
After being knocked out of the French Open by Federer, Djokovic bounced back by winning Wimbledon for the first time and with that the title of world number one. He went on to take home the U.S. Open trophy and ended the year with a .921 winning percentage after being victorious in 70 of his 76 matches.
2015 – Even better
2011 now seems like classic Novak and that is the reason that people aren’t realising how well he is doing right now. It has come to a point where fans expect nothing less than a Djokovic win.
He has been beating players like Murray and Rafael Nadal with great ease in the finals of tournaments – repeatedly. After his win in Paris, his season record went to 78-5 (.940 win percentage) and he pushed his unbeaten match number to 22, last losing over two months ago in Cincinnati.
What people aren’t necessarily realising is that 2011 wasn’t a year set apart in his career but was merely a stepping stone from which Djokovic has only grown as a player.
We’ve become so accustomed to seeing Djokovic lift a trophy above his head at a tournament that we don’t realise the greater aspect of what’s going on.
The world number one is here to stay and is only getting better. For all those Federer, Nadal and Murray fans, it might be a while before they see any of those men standing atop the pedestal. Djokovic is going nowhere.
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