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Novak Djokovic: Running out of rivals


8th November 2015. Andy Murray, in his most match interview speech, pays a glowing tribute to the man who just beat him in the Paris Masters final. This person is none other than the same man who has been thwarting the Briton in most of the previous Grand Slam finals that he has reached, including Wimbledon – Novak Djokovic, or, as he likes to fondly be know, the Djoker. The British No 1 has won just one of his seven matches against the world No 1 this year and the defending champion denied him more silverware in this 6-2 6-4 win. Straight sets, that is how dominant the Serbian has been.

The 28-year-old Djokovic is definitely in a class of his own at the moment. He doesn’t just rule the game, he annihilates the competition with machine-like perfection. He has held the spot of No. 1-ranked player for the last 68 weeks and it looks like it’ll be a long time before he will be removed from that spot (he has nearly double the points total of World No.2 Murray).

The last five years have been special for Djokovic, but 2015 in particular looks to be his year of crowning glory. There are some astonishing figures to support this observation – in head-to-head matches against his Top 10 rivals Djokovic has a 24-4 win-to-loss ratio while that same figure when taking in everyone he has faced goes to a staggering 73-5. He’s not done yet, though. There are still two tournaments left for him to improve on those statistics.

He opened his season with a loss in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open, but since then Djokovic has reached the finals of the last 13 events he has entered. He was won the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Wimbledon, U.S. Open, Beijing and Shanghai. He was kept away from the first calendar Grand Slam in 46 years by only a near miss in the French Open.

Those achievements have seen Djokovic earn a record $16 million in prize money. It definitely pays to be a champion.

With Roger Federer entering the twilight of his career, Nadal failing to find the form that made him famous and Murray suffering from a mental block whenever he is up against the Serb, Djokovic looks to have run out of rivals for the moment.


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