Having looked at his 2015 season it is time to look back at a 2011 season of Novak Djokovic’.
2011 was a phenomenal year for the Serb who took tennis to another level and raised the bar week by week. There wasn’t much that didn’t go well for him but what did was truly insane!
Novak opted to head to Hopman Cup before Melbourne and after losing the second set to Ivan Dodig in round two the Serb didn’t lose anymore sets as he defeated Federer and Murray on route to the first major of the year.
Title in Dubai took his winning run to 12 and then he headed out for the sunshine double.
Novak has completed the sunshine double an incredible four times in his career and 2011 was the first time he completed the swoop beating Nadal in both finals and from a set down in both!
His clay court preparations for Roland Garros was perfect. He opted against Monte Carlo and went home to Belgrade winning his first clay title of the year. The Madrid and Rome finals were once again competed by Novak and Rafa and at this point the Spaniard would have been sick of the sight of him having lost to him on both occasions.
Novak headed to Roland Garros with perfect preparations, without a win and seven titles to his name! The 42 match winning streak however came to an end with a big four set defeat to Federer in the semi-finals!
There was no Wimbledon warm-up due to a knee issue but it didn’t halt Novak storming through the draw! The world number two had a difficult draw having to beat three top forty ranked players in the opening four rounds. Novak needed four sets to see off Tomic and Tsonga and the story was the same again as he once again got the better of Rafael Nadal in the final!
The build up to the US Open was good for Novak, he won in Montreal but an issue appeared in Cincinnati as he retired in the final against Murray with his shoulder proving a big problem.
This was a major concern heading to the US Open but he didn’t drop a set until the quarter finals but came through in four against Tipsarevic!
Things looked like falling in the semi-finals once again to Federer but a Houdini escape act was on the cards as he recovered from two sets down to win in five!
For an incredible sixth time in the year it was Rafa v Novak in the final and well you can guess which was this one went winning his third Grand Slam of the year!
This pretty much was the end of a long season retiring in Davis Cup, defeat in Basel and withdrawing from Paris before heading to London.
Novak just didn’t look right at this point, his season looked like it caught up with him and following a win against Berdych lost to Ferrer and Tipsarevic to end a phenomenal year!
21 top 10 wins
3 Grand Slams