It appears Novak Djokovic is not satisfied to be named as the 2011 King of Hardcourt. He’s too unstoppable and he keeps winning!
Playing his season’s seventh tournament in Madrid, the two-time Australian Open Champion fired three aces and twenty-three winners before dethroning Rafael Nadal for the third time in finals (7-5, 6-4). This is also the Serbian’s ever-first victory over the King of Clay on his most favorite surface.
“It is my goal to try to go all the way at Roland Garros and I am definitely setting my form up for that tournament. I just started the claycourt season. It was a perfect start and I need to really stay dedicated and focused. There are no secrets, things came together for me,” Nole said. “I am a more mature player and a more mature person so I know what to do on the court.” (source: Novak Djokovic Official Website)
Streaking Djokovic stands at 34 wins in a row since Davis Cup Final in December 2010. He will play one more tournament before French Open starts on May 22nd.
It is still possible for Djokovic to win six more matches in Rome but it is too hard to tell. Fitness is everything in tennis and if he won two consecutive 1000 Hardcourt Tournaments last March and April, why can’t in clay? This is a possibility and it’s hard to doubt Nole. He’s still one of the best clay players in the world and since following his career three years ago, he’s in his excellent zone to date.
I am just too anxious if there’s still gas left in him to win seven consecutive best-of-five matches in a row in Paris. Raising the trophy in Phillip Cartier is in no doubt a bigger priority than in Centrale Stadium, right? And it’s all up to Nole. It’s all up to him and his coaching team!