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The Djoker has the last laugh – Novak Djokovic caps stellar 2015

ATP World Tour Finals photo
ATP World Tour Finals photo

3 Grand Slams, 11 titles, a win-loss record 93.2%, $21.6 million in prize money. For many, these figures would be good enough for a successful career in tennis. But for Novak Djokovic, the undisputed World No. 1, these are his stats for 2015 alone.

So dominant has Djokovic been that the Big Four of men’s tennis is slowly eroding into the Unbeatable One.

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And Djokovic could not have ended the year on a higher note. At the ATP World Tour finals, he comprehensively beat the one man who has triumphed over him three times this calendar year – Roger Federer.

The Serb produced a flawless masterclass to exact sweet revenge on Federer, who had defeated Djokovic in the tournament’s round-robin stage, needing an hour and 20 minutes to win 6-3, 6-4 at the O2 Arena in London.

Fittingly, this win gives Djokovic yet another record to cherish – he has now won the ATP World Tour Finals an unprecedented four times.

“It’s been an incredible season,” Djokovic said after the game. “I’ve played all finals. Obviously, sitting here with this trophy alongside me, I couldn’t ask for a better finish to the season.

“For some reason or another, I’ve been playing some of my best tennis after the US Open, in Asia and also indoors, both Paris and London.

“I’ve been trying to really pay as equal attention to the work and the recovery, as well, mental and physical. It allows me to have the longevity. It allows me to have the matches and the tournaments I’ve had in the last couple years.

“But this season definitely stands out. I can’t say I expected it, not at all … [It] obviously gives me a lot of confidence for anything that is coming in the future.”

Here are the highlights of Novak Djokovic’s 2015 season:

  • Won three of four Grand Slam titles, bringing his total to 10
  • Went 82-6 (93.2%), officially the fifth-best winning percentage since the inception of rankings in 1973
  • Won 11 titles and a record six Masters championships

However, amid all the celebration, Djokovic will rue missing out on one trophy that would have given him a season of breath-taking dominance. At the French Open, the man known as the Djoker could not battle past a determined Stanislas Wawrinka in the final.

But there’s 2016 to rectify that blemish. That, and an elusive Olympic Gold.

“Roland Garros is always one of the biggest challenges I have every year, but it’s not the only one. There are the Olympic Games that are happening every four years,” he said.

“I will try to do as well as I’ve done in the last couple of years, always peak at the right moments and always try to perform my best at the biggest events.

“Now what I’m thinking about is the rest. I need some time to really recharge my batteries and then I’ll think about my next season.”

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