Now that new world #1 has captured the 2011 Australian Open Title, 2011 Wimbledon Championships, secured his first time ATP #1 ranking, and had done all this with only losing one tennis match all season; what does he have left to do? A lot actually.
There is no doubt that Djokovic has had a more than impressive year already, but he still has a few things to accomplish. For starters, Nole will have to defend Serbia’s Davis Cup title from 2010, win the US Open, be the top player in the US Open Series, remain #1 for year end rankings, and win the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Of course those are the major accomplishments that are left this year, there are plenty of other challenges he will more than likely face this year (i.e. a major fan base). He also has to find a way to win the elusive French Open title or “Nadal’s House”.
Since Novak’s win over Nadal, there has been lots and lots of buzz about the new kid on the block, I mean, he’s always been a contender, just not part of the discussion as a #1 player. Djokovic has lingered in the #3 spot for years, while the the top two guys were battling it out in the finals of almost every final, but there has almost been a rebirth of the Serbian. Novak finally figured out his serve, got a hold of his nerves (not bouncing the ball at the service line 25+ times on every serve), and really started to play smarter tennis.
Changing your tennis game so late in your career could be detrimental, but it’s helped Djokovic take it to the other guys, he’s virtually unbeatable right now. Can Nole keep up with the perfection he’s playing with right now? Who knows, I could say yes he’s going to win every tournament for the remainder of the year, but the reality is every surface is different, and every day is another day. Djokovic could wake up one morning and not see the ball clearly enough, or one of the other players in the field might wake up hitting the ball perfectly that day and take him out. You never know what could happen.
I’m totally pumped to see what Novak Djokovic has left for the rest of the year, he’s playing so impressively, it’s almost hard not to watch him. He’s got a long way to go this year, but he’s at the top…for now. Wouldn’t you agree?