Three Tournaments in 2011, Three Titles, Unbeatable in 18 Matches
Novak Djokovic is just unstoppable after winning Davis Cup Finals in 2010. He started his 2011 campaign in an exhibition in Hopman Cup alongside with Ana Ivanovic. He went straight in Melbourne to win Australian Open for the second time (d. Andy Murray in straight sets). Three weeks after, he flew to Dubai to defend his 500-Tour-Tournament title for the third time against Roger Federer (6-3, 6-3). Just today, in the first Masters 1000 Tournament of the year in California Desert, the 23-year-old Serbian denied Rafael Nadal for the BNP Paribas Open title as he rallied after losing the first set (4-6, 6-3, 6-2).
Eighteen matches in a row and only five were played in three or four sets. Include into this number the two single rubbers in which Nole won in Davis Cup against France and three singles in Hopman Cup, that’s a total of 23 matches of forehands, backhands, running left, right, forward and back.
“I am extremely happy with the way I’m playing and with the success that I’m having,” Novak told reporters after winning the Indian Wells tournament. “But I know that the season is very long, and I don’t want to be too euphoric about the win. I need to celebrate a little bit, and then move on. I have a big will to win each match I’m playing and I want to keep on going, keep on playing good tennis…”
Djokovic is now heading in Miami for Sony Ericsson Open (also a 1000 Masters Tournament), the last hardcourt tournament before the clay season begins. Win it and Nole will officially become the 2011 King of Hardcourt. Bring out the draw, please!