Novak Djokovic began this year by defending a grand slam title for the first time in Melbourne. The five-set final match against Rafael Nadal lasted for nearly six hours (5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5), which was filled with rollercoaster shot-making. Djokovic was about to lose, he needed to dig deeper before closing out the dramatic match on top.
After Australian Open, Novak Djokovic ended the outdoor hardcourt season on a high as he won six consecutive matches in Miami. This was his first 2012 Master 1000 crown and he tightly contested it against Andy Murray.
Murray scored two important wins against Djokovic. The first was in London Olympics (semifinals) and the second was in New York. I was really hurt by Djokovic’s latter lost. It took me hours to recover. Despite of all the unnecessary errors he produced during the match, I still expected him to defend the last grand slam of the year after a solid run in Rogers Cup – a combined tournament in preparation for US Open.
Djokovic didn’t give up though. He’s a survivor, right? During the Asian wing, he stayed unbeatable in two tournaments in a row. The 2011 Wimbledon Champion won his third title in China and rallied his way to knock down a very inspired Olympic & First-time Slam titlist in Shanghai.
That final match in Shanghai was so close. It took three-long sets and I couldn’t describe the moment as how Djokovic found a way to survive. Watch the highlights to believe!
American Sam Querrey ousted Djokovic in Paris Masters, second round. News items reveal he wasn’t feeling well and I was getting anxious about his chances in World Tour Final.
Tennis is a type of sport that’s about courage and persistence. Reclaiming the #1 from Roger Federer and an inch closer to his sixth title, Djokovic made the finals without losing a match.
The biggest problem was, Djokovic couldn’t handle Federer’s aggression. The Swiss was moving so well and the Serb failed to score a single point in two opening games. The surface might be so fast and it certainly looked like Federer would win his third consecutive year-end title in straight sets.
Miracles happen and tables were turned. Djokovic found a better way to control the physical and mental pressure. He stayed solid in the baseline and patiently waited for his chances. He played one point at a time until he won the match point with a backhand passing winner.
What an fantastic year for Novak Djokovic!
He opened and closed the year by beating the two household names in tennis. He was also the flag bearer of his country in London Olympics. And to top it all, he’ll open the new year as the World #1.
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Ana Ivanovic only made two semifinals this year and didn’t win a title. Yet, Ana made her first-ever quarterfinal grand slam appearance in US Open since winning the 2008 French Open. It’s quite remarkable to think Ana made a solid run in a fast outdoor hardcourt compared to slower surfaces in Europe and Australia. Not only that, Serbia made Fed Cup final and Ana won her high-quality indoor match against former World #2 – Petra Kvitova – in straight sets.
I say it all time and I’ll say it again – “I’m proud to be a Serbian Fan!” and I’m going to dig deep to see them in person.
So, what’s next for Novak and Ana?
Hopman Cup, which starts on December 29!