Novak Djokovic’ trip to Vienna had one thing in mind, claim the world number one title for another year. The Serb opted out of a trip to Paris as he couldn’t pick up any points there and knew if Rafa didn’t play a 250 event before Paris he would secure another year as year end number one.
The only other player to have done this six times is Djokovic’ idol, Pete Sampras.
Djokovic has always been a massive fan of Pete and was over the moon to see the legend watching on by at Indian Wells a few years back and even played an exhibition doubles together.
Pete’s record is maybe even more impressive having been world end number one for six consecutive years between 1993 and 1998 where the American won 10 Grand Slam titles in that period, 5 of them at Wimbledon.
I said not long ago it has been a great year of tennis for Djokovic and in a year which has lacked usual structure it feels like it will be a year remembered for the wrong reasons.
His form in Australia was out of this world, I’ve rarely seen anything like it and then won Cincinnati and Rome but the off court issues this year, defeat in Paris, no-show in Bercy and disqualification in New York.
There is still a lot to play for as Djokovic could pick up an extra 1300 points in London and will be looking to put some of his shaky form behind him at the O2.
Despite coming back and winning titles in Cincinnati and Rome it hasn’t been the usual standards and despite clinching number one in Vienna the 2-6 1-6 loss to Lorenzo Songego which was the worst of his career has taken more gloss off a good season troubled by odd results and off court issues.
I think finishing the season with the tour finals is always good but I think some still have things to prove and a man playing with some pressure is Djokovic, he is number one but he hasn’t been playing like it.