Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Novak Djokovic Winning Streak

Since the beginning of the year - specifically since the Australian Open - the number one topic in the tennis world has been one 23-year-old Serb called Novak Djokovic.

While Djokovic is no stranger to the tennis headlines, the way he has dominated the tennis circuit this year both on the court and in the media must be overwhelming, yet somehow the Serb remains focused and on track as he heads into today's Rome final maintaining a 38-match undefeated run dating back to December 2010.

Many people believe that streak might end today at the hands of Rafael Nadal mainly due to the fact that Djokovic might be tired from battling Andy Murray over 3 hours in the semifinals Saturday night as opposed to Nadal, who had a straight sets win over Gasquet earlier in the day.

Here's a closer look at that incredible winning streak everyone's been talking WAY too much about (myself included)...

*Djokovic's 36 straight wins in 2011 is the second best start to a season behind John McEnroe's 42 in 1984.

*Djokovics 38 straight wins (since Davis Cup last year) is the
6th longest winning streak in ATP history (Guillermo Vilas - 46, Ivan Lendl - 44, John McEnroe - 42, Bjorn Borg & Roger Federer - 41).

*In his 38 consecutive wins, Djokovic beat
27 players from 17 different countries.

*There are
7 players who lost more than once to Djokovic during this streak:
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Viktor Troicki lost 3 times.
Tomas Berdych, Andy Murray, Feliciano Lopez & Kevin Anderson each lost twice.

*Six different Spaniards
lost to Djokovic during this run (the most from any country), Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, Nicolas Almagro, Marcel Granollers, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, David Ferrer.

*During his run, Djokovic
beat a top 10 opponent in 12 of the 38 matches.

*During his run, Djokovic
beat 4 different lefties, Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, Michael Llodra & Thomaz Bellucci.

*During his run, Djokovic has accumulated 6 titles from the start of 2011 up till now. No other player has gone to Roland Garros with 6 titles from season start since Roger Federer did so in 2005.

*During his run, Djokovic has lost only 9 sets in total.

That last fact prompted Janko Tipsarevic & co to perform this hilarious sketch at the Monte Carlo tennis show last month.

Janko Tipsarevic imitates Novak Djokovic & his team in Monte Carlo


Anonymous said...

Tipsy is sooooooo funny

L.b.b. said...