I want to work on a few other posts I have lined up, but the tennis news just keeps flooding in.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, or the Djoker or Nole, or whatever you want to call him, just overcame Rafael Nadal to win the 2011 US Open title, 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1. It was a fantastic final with lots of long rallies, running all over the court, and plenty of spectacular shots. Nadal fought valiantly to bring the third set into a tie-breaker, which he won comfortably, 7-3, but the fourth set was a total annihilation. This is the Djoker’s first US Open title following two previous finals losses, including last year’s final to Nadal.
The win continues a memorable run for Djokovic, who also captured his second Australian Open and first Wimbledon title and made the French Open semifinals this year. For the season, he now has 10 titles and a 64-2 record, which gives him a remarkable 0.969 winning percentage, and if he does not lose again this year, will finish with the best single season winning percentage of all time (currently held by John McEnroe, who went 82-3 in 1984 for a 0.965 winning percentage). Unbelievable.
Some people dislike Novak for his seemingly cocky demeanour, but I like the guy. I think he brings a bit of spice to the game, which has been dominated for far too long by ‘nice guys’ like Federer and Nadal. That said, I also like Rafa too, so I wasn’t going for anyone in particular in these finals.
I love how unpredictable tennis has been lately. I remember when Nadal captured the French, Wimbledon and US Open last year and it appeared he was on the fast track to catching up to a sliding Roger Federer, or at least getting close enough to make the GOAT discussion even more interesting.
Then Djokovic suddenly takes his fitness and mental aspect of his game to a whole new level and becomes an absolutely unstoppable killer on the court. Djokovic is 6-0 against Nadal this year, all in finals, and probably would have made it 7-0 and a ‘Grand Slam’ if he hadn’t dropped the French Open semi against Federer. If Djokovic can keep this level of fitness up, there is no reason why he can’t continue this kind of run for at least another year or two and push his Grand Slam total into double figures in a hurry.
With Nadal as Federer’s kryptonite and Djokovic as Nadal’s, we now have a very interesting triangle of power, with Djokovic at the apex. Now if only Andy Murray can do something — anything — to make it a quadrilateral…
PS: It is clear that Djokovic is also dominating the WAG category in men’s tennis as well.