Djokovic Breaks New Ground in Tennis with 6th Masters Title in a Season

Before I continue, go to this link to understand why Djokovic is the most dominant athlete in sports today and don’t believe that it is because of a ‘weak era’. Djokovic going out all alone on the practice court 5 minutes after having beaten Simon to practice serves tells you everything you need to know about why he hardly ever loses a match.

In 2006, it was Federer’s talent. In 2015, it is Djokovic’s sheer dedication and drive. He is an utter perfectionist and his own biggest critic. If there is the smallest thing that can be improved he works on it relentlessly.

“I try to take nothing for granted,” Djokovic said. “I try to work on my game all the time, because I know that the only way I can stay successful is to continue progressing. I’m not trying to keep the status quo, because for me, that’s a regression.

“I just try to improve all the time, work on certain things in my life and my game, and hopefully get better in the process.”

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I’m just loving the status quo quote. Fuck the status quo! If you want to remain weak and mediocre your entire life then the status quo is a fantastic option.

Djokovic leaves no stone unturned and nothing to chance. It’s no wonder then that he crushed the second best player in the world 6-2, 6-4 again today to win a record 6th Masters title in a season. Don’t believe the weak era talk because the people who make these claims are ignorant and weak and have to tear down all extraordinary achievement.

They are pessimistic and can’t perceive greatness. These people will never achieve greatness themselves because they won’t allow it in others. There is no magic in their lives because they don’t believe in magic. If it wasn’t so tragic it would be funny.

Djokovic wants to be the GOAT and he won’t rest until he achieves that dream. Today he made another big step in that direction by achieving something no one in history has ever achieved. So a huge congrats to him.

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It’s been a privilege as a fan to follow his season and, of course, there is still the big one left in London where Djokovic will be aiming to chalk up the best tennis season ever. It would be better than Federer’s 2006 season since Djokovic has now won two Masters more than Federer did in 2006.

Djokovic is on a 22-match winning streak and it will be interesting to see whether he can end unbeaten in London and try to make a run at his own personal best winning streak of 41 matches.

With this title, Djokovic is also one behind Nadal’s record of 27 Masters titles and it is just a question of time before he shatters that record which is heavily dependent on clay anyway.

  • The Match

Well, what is there to say really? Djokovic now owns Murray 21-9 and 6-2 in slams. He is just a much better player. He has also won 10 out of the last 11 matches with Murray. Just complete ownage. This is because Murray doesn’t have the drive and positive attitude of Djokovic.

You almost feel sorry for Murray. He looks a bit like a lost child out there against Djokovic. It’s funny how in my last post I mentioned that if Djokovic was a set and a break up he wouldn’t want the same thing to happen that happened against Stan.

It almost did because he was a break up at 2-1 in the second set and then dropped serve and went down 0-30 on his serve at 2-3. And this time it was not the Djokosmash but a poor judgement that started it when he didn’t hit a ball that dropped in.

But as I hoped for this time he didn’t allow the same thing to happen as against Stan and got his act together. So in the end another week which was pretty much flawless from Djokovic and very satisfying as a fan.

He is now also the first man to win four Paris Masters titles surpassing his coach Becker. That after he just won the most titles in Shanghai. What a ridiculous year this has turned out to be. And again, for me the US Open final was a huge moment.

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He has only lost one set since then and might well not be beaten again this year. Obviously if he lost that match he would have no chance of chalking up the best season ever and he’d have no shot at becoming the GOAT either.

That was a watershed moment not only in terms of this season but also in terms of his career. There was much talk about Djokovic having a better season than he did in 2011, but for me the US Open was always going to be the moment of truth.

He has proven to me that he is now truly in his peak at 28 years of age and that he will make a huge onslaught on Federer’s slam record in the next few years.

“I think there are few reasons why I have managed to reach my peak at this stage of my career this year,” Djokovic said. “I think in terms of physical and mental ability, I have reached my peak experience‑wise. Of course, I did go through certain periods of doubts and when I wasn’t as successful. It all served as a great lesson, as a way to improve and to get better. So this season, everything came together.

Nobody can be perfect, but if you are going for perfection, you might reach excellence. That’s the kind of mindset I have.”

  • The World Tour Finals

So we are down to the culmination of the tennis season in London where the eight best players in the world will be battling it out for one of the biggest prizes in tennis. Nishikori got injured yet again in Paris so he is in doubt. If he withdraws Gasquet will replace him.

I don’t remember when the groups are drawn, but that’s going to be interesting to see if the big three all end up in the same group. That is what I am hoping for anyway.

That would really be the dream draw but either way you are going to have at least two of them in the same group. Fedal can’t avoid each other AND Djokovic. That is what I like about this format. There is no avoiding if you are in the same group with someone.

So either way we are going to see exciting matchups. We may even see the big three meeting each other more than once. I’m sure Federer is looking to make amends after another early exit in Paris while Nadal will want to keep improving.

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And don’t forget Stan and Murray who is both playing well and, of course, Stan had a very good tournament in London last year. The semi-finalists will probably come out of those five players and it will also be interesting to see what the other three can achieve.

This is probably the most excited I’ve been about the World Tour Finals. There are just so many interesting possible scenarios.

I’d like to see Djokovic improve his head-to-heads with Fedal some more and win a fifth World Tour Finals to cap off the greatest tennis season in history. Seeing records broken is always exciting.

Ps. I was amazed to see how upset Djokovic got at himself today in the second set at small things. The guy is just obsessed and will stop at nothing to become the GOAT. Truly inspirational stuff!

  • Highlights

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41 Comments

  1. Novak is amazing, isn’t he? Happy to be a tennis fan in the golden era, which continues in the Djokovic era.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yep. Very inspirational. And yes, this era just keeps getting better.

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  2. I feel Djokovic’s 2015 along with Federer’s 2006 season, are currently equal for the best seasons in Tennis history.
    As per the current points system, Federer accumulated 15495 points in 2006.
    Djokovic is currently at 15,285 points with World tour finals still to go where he can add 1500 more points.
    Federer set the benchmark and Djokovic is overhauling it.
    If Djoker wins World Tour Finals then this will be the best season in tennis history.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes, there is nothing between the seasons at this point Nandan. Djokovic winning the WTF would just make it officially a better season.

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  3. You said it well, Murray looks lost against Djokovic. It’s like man vs boy. I don’t really enjoy watching him get trashed by Djokovic and Federer, I hope for the sake of tennis that he can provide a bit more challenge. There really is no big 4 at the moment. He really needs to prove that’s he’s worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as the big three. I question his decision to hire Mauresmo as his coach, someone who is not exactly known for her mental strenght. I don’t buy his reasoning that he would rather talk to someone who understands because they’ve had similar problems with mental focus, but what do I know.

    Anyway that’s highly Impressive stuff from Djokovic. I’m finally beginning to think you’re right about Novak being at his peak now. Found it kind of hard to believe at first after that insane run in 2011. I think his returning was even more lethal back then (according to some stats I read somewhere), but he’s improved so many other aspects of his game since then and like he said himself, everything is coming together for him now. It’s as if he has reached some kind of zen-like state, and nothing can intimidate him.

    The question is, how long can he keep this up? Where does he find the motivation to keep working hard when no-one is able challenge him consistently. I guess that the only thing left to set his sights on will be the GOAT status. It’s debatable wether he needs to catch up to Federer’s slam count to reach that status, but if he were to accomplish that it would be official. I personally doubt he will reach 17-18 majors, that’s a very long way to go no matter how unstoppable he looks now. We’ll have to wait and see how he does next year. He needs to catch up to Sampras and Nadal first, so one step at a time. No matter who we root for, things are certainly more interesting when there’s something at stake.

    I’m also looking forward to WTF in London. Nole and Fed are normally in a league of their own in these in-door events. A final between them would be a great end to the season.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good comment BE. You are right, there is no big four, but there is also no big three. It is now a one-man show. And I don’t know about Mauresmo either. Murray needs someone who is mentally strong in his corner like Lendl was and helped him win two slams.

    Glad you realized Djokovic is peaking. I didn’t believe it at first myself. He’s now a much more complete tennis player than in 2011 and a more balanced person. He has the right team around him and he has added experience. The tough losses he suffered from 2012-2014 made him stronger and better.

    How long can he keep this up? I don’t think that even crosses his mind. He is just focusing in getting better every day and doing the right things. The rest will take care of itself. The motivation is not a problem for him that should be self-evident.

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  4. I think Djokovic is well and truly on his way to becoming the GOAT. I don’t think he has to surpass even Nadal’s tally of 14, his level of play is already the highest anyone has ever seen. Roger was a product of the weak era, his achievements magnified by the worthlessness of his opponents. He wouldn’t have won more than 8 GS in this era (or even less perhaps). I don’t see anyone stopping Djokovic in the next 3-4 years, and he will possibly end up with 20+ GS and become the undisputed GOAT. If the Big 4 era was golden, this is the diamond era of tennis.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    ‘If the Big 4 era was golden, this is the diamond era of tennis.’

    I like that. Agreed.

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  5. Don’t see Murray challenging Djokovic any more unless something drastic happens – we’re seeing something truly special from Novak, probably the second best season in the Open Era!

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    Krish Reply:

    Great mindset as well. ru-an – he has a clear goal, a motivation, a hunger.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I assume you are referring to Laver’s calendar slam as the greatest season, Krish. I don’t think you can compare the current era with that era so I don’t bother comparing their seasons at all.

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    Krish Reply:

    Yes, Ru-an I was referring to Laver’s 1969 season and I understand that that era was very different. So when you said “the greatest tennis season in history”, did you mean relative to this current era?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I just think it’s useless to compare. It’s like comparing the ATP with the WTA. It’s different sports. Laver was great in his own right, but the sport is at an entirely different level of professionalism and competition these days. I’m not saying Djokovic’s season is better. I just don’t bother comparing at all. Federer’s 2006 season is a much better measuring stick because it was much more recent. Greatest tennis season in history is just like GOAT. It can’t be measured. It’s just a fun way to talk.

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  6. I’ll stop watching tennis if every finals feature Murray vs Novak because
    1) Murray is not a strong rival of Novak and never will be
    2) they play similar style of tennis though Novak style has become more offensive

    Next year, we need Nadal to be back stronger to compete as his mental strength is still second to none.

    We cannot expect too much from Federer as he approaches his mid 30s and inconsistency is normal at his age

    New generation players rise up to the challenge but again this seems unlikely for another year.

    It is not a weak era but Novak benefited from a post Federer/Nadal (prime) era with now no clear rival to compete at his level. As Nadal ages we’ll see more injuries hence regular stop/start from him.

    Congrats to Novak for his amazing year but he doesn’t carry the weight to draw the crowd outside Asia.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    ‘Novak benefited from a post Federer/Nadal (prime) era with now no clear rival to compete at his level’.

    That’s because Djokovic ended the Fedal era himself. He is just better than them. Wawrinka and Murray are multiple slam winners themselves. Hardly a weak era. Bring on any player from any era and Djokovic will defeat them.

    As for the status quo crowd, Mr. P.R. Federer can have them as long as the Djoker keeps spanking his ass in slam finals.

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  7. Just amazing from Nole! Utterly dominant!

    Benefitting from post fedal era??…sigh…its a pathethic argument but in a way plesuarable to read because it highlights the desperation some fans perspirate through their skin in regards to the amazing recordbreaking historywriting tennis nole is exhibiting.

    Nadal is one 1!!! year older…not ten. Its not noles fault nadals (bodydamaging)way of tennis and/or inabaility to tend to his body limis him. Or wait…Nishikori is the goat…had he not been unlucky with injuries ☺

    Regarding fed…the guy that got the majority of wins against a subpar far from peak babynole. His lucky he didnt have to face peaknole the majority of his career.

    Nole is dominating tennis the last half a decade!! As a nolefan it has given me immense plesaure. Disregarding the nole/tennishaters I am personally also enjoying that I Have had the privilegue to watch the greats nadal and federer.

    Thanx Ruan for a great post and great coverage of contemporary tennis!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You’re welcome! It’s certainly been a fun ride since Wimbledon this year. And it was a fun ride with Fedal before that too. This is better though I have to say. No Nadal owning my favorite player and no mental blocks. And no more boring status quo PR crap. Djokovic is actually a unique and interesting guy!

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    Bottle Reply:

    You dont mean fedal dominated tennis until this years wimbledon do you? Nah…typo? :-P

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No, but I was mainly a Fedfan until then.

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    Bottle Reply:

    Ahh…I see. Well as I mentioned in my first post on your blog. You were writing pretty objectivly (whatever that is) even before that (for a while.. going even further back it wasnt objective :-P but still good writing with interesting analysis) and even if you were a fedfan you didnt seem to hate nole…or ie you could still enjoy the impact nole had on tennis.

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    Bottle Reply:

    and big agree regarding the character thing (not stiff pr guy)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I am much happier being a Djoker fan. I’ve only truly found myself as a tennis fan now. I just identify an awful lot better with Djokovic’s personality than with Federer’s. I loved his tennis but always felt like there was something not quite authentic about him. Something fake.

    Now that I’m a Djokovic fan I can see so clearly why that was the case. Djokovic doesn’t give a shit about that fake PR BS. He just does his own thing and to hell with people if they don’t like him. He honestly couldn’t care less. He’s way too focused to care about other people’s opinion of him.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You’d be surprised how few people have the kind of common sense that you just displayed, due to their own extreme bias. They just can’t see that I am all the time evolving as a tennis fan and instead of giving me credit for it, they project their own bias onto me, saying that I am disloyal, that this is now a Djokovic fan blog, blah blah blah.

    Everything but facing their own bias and admitting that they are the ones with the problem and not me. You know how people are. Some of them anyway. I am the first to admit that I wasn’t very objective in the beginning. Why would I deny the truth? But I have always evolved and I have always written about other things than just Federer.

    And yes, aside from pre-2011 I have always appreciated Djokovic. I have always liked his game. But he had to grow on me and mature more. I became a serious fan at the FO this year. Then I 100% supported him to win Wimby even though I thought he had no chance in the final. Then at the USO I started really believing in him despite people like O’Shannesy giving 15 reasons why Federer will win, and he proved me right.

    Anyway, people are pretty selfish. They don’t care about the free service I have given for years. They just want to hear about their darling Fed and when I don’t adhere to their expectations they forget the past and call me disloyal, traitor, glory hunter, etc. Not that I care. It is their weakness, not mine. Fortunately, there are always appreciative and real people like you, so I just focus on that :-)

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    Nakul Reply:

    Ru-an, I completely understand why you can identify more with Djokovic, why you became his fan, etc. But on the other hand, it might seem to people that you are regretting those years you spent being a Fedfan, and also that you hate Fed completely now. Almost if not more than how much you disliked Nadal. You know how much I appreciate your writings, but as a Fedfan, that part hurts me a bit. I understand that the hate might have been caused by many of your readers accusing you in the past. And I don’t intend to offend you in any manner with this comment, just expressing my honest opinion.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    ‘But on the other hand, it might seem to people that you are regretting those years you spent being a Fedfan, and also that you hate Fed completely now. Almost if not more than how much you disliked Nadal.’

    Nah that’s not true. If you read an above comment I said I enjoyed the Fedal days. It’s just better now.

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    ben chia Reply:

    True. I sense that Ru-an was a pretty loyal fedfan early on. And almost hated Nadull as much as me. Not sure how much fun he had watching Nadull own Fed in god knows how many occasions…

    So, the transition to Nole was very natural. Plus, Nole came from a very different background. Worked his ass off and still dedicated at the prime of his career. Speaks volume. Entirely deserving to join the GOAT debate. But man, what a season. The Big 3 pretty much being schooled by world #1.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes, I hated Nadal like any ‘true’ Fedfan does. I have outgrown that mindset now. I’ve hated him so much that I can’t hate him any more. I now actually appreciate him. Similar with Federer I have loved him for so long that there is nothing left to love.

    Nadal isn’t the devil and Federer isn’t God. That is fanaticism which I used to be a victim of. Loving Federer and hating Nadal was fun, but I am now over it. How long can you worship someone or despise someone anyway? Eventually, you just get tired of it.

    Now the roles are almost reversed. I see some things in Federer that I don’t like and things in Nadal that I do like.

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  8. Nice post Ru-an. It would be a fitting end to the season if Djokovic wins the WTF as well. And I don’t have an iota of doubt about him winning it. The only other capable contenders I can think of are the 2 Swiss guys though. Records are meant to be broken. I’m sure nobody in 2006 would have expected to witness Federer’s season to be surpassed relatively this soon. Even Federer himself could never manage such a good season himself after that. It remains to be seen how long this Djokovic’s record holds. It’s sad that this season is almost over, but hoping for a grand finale next week!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks, Nakul. Yeah, records tumble fast. I bet very few people ever thought Djokovic would be the one to threaten Federer’s 2006 season. This is now Djokovic’s second three-slam season. One more next year and he becomes a serious threat to Federer’s slam record too.

    2011 was another astounding season. The way he started that season was better than 2015. The big difference is the post-US Open part. That is where this season becomes better to the point that it can become the best if he wins the WTF. Looking forward to the grand finale myself.

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  9. I surpassed my most traffic in a calendar year yesterday, and there is still the WTF to go. Guess I’m setting my own records of late :-bd

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    Nakul Reply:

    That’s some record Ru-an! Congrats! Hope to see it broken soon :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks. Next year I’ll shatter it.

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    Nakul Reply:

    If I may ask, what does the term ‘traffic’ for a site exactly mean and how is it calculated? Is it more or less the number of times people open a particular site?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yep, it’s just the number of page views you get.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not sure how accurate WordPress stats are, though. It could be more or less. I just use it for comparing.

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    Nakul Reply:

    You became a Djokovic fan and now both you and him are breaking records. It’s fitting. Nice!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    This is only the beginning, my friend. The records will keep tumbling for both Djokovic and my blog.

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    Jiten Reply:

    You are breaking new grounds with the hottest player in town Ru-an. Some connection! Keep up the good work. I will always remain a great fan of your penning. Any idea when they are going to announce the groups in WTF or have I missed it? :-bd

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thank you Jiten I appreciate your loyalty. Many of the old Fed gang have jumped ship, but you have remained steadfast in your support. That’s rare. My previous best was 264k and I have now surpassed that.

    I didn’t know when the WTF groups will be drawn, but I just checked for you and it’s Thursday evening. I will make a post sometime over the weekend then.

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    ben chia Reply:

    Phew… thats a lot of comments to read before getting to bottom of page. :-)
    Congrats Ru-an on your new page view records. IMO, it should have happened much earlier. So, Doko pulled it off. 2011 was an insane year and now its 2015 and WTF not even started yet. Wow.

    Another reason for celebration is the #Rafa-zero-zero came true as Paris draws to a close. So, nole’s greatest single season is also Nadull worst single season. Let’s hope 2016 continues BOTH streaks… haha!

    Side comment. At the rate Nole is going, your blog post might kind of get dull. After all, if Nole continues to beat up the field, what interesting things are there to write? haha! So, at WTF, I’ll have 2 players to cheer on. The usual Federer fan (started out this way, and will stay this way till he retires) in me and the Nole fan. We were the early Nole supporters and thought he was good. But never expected such dominance. Or did you see that coming a long way back Ru-an?

    Anyway, great piece to finish off the regular season and look fwd to your WTF series.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hi, BC! Thanks. Yeah, isn’t it funny how this is already the Djoker’s best year before the WTF started and the same for my blog?

    What exactly was your prediction about Nadal again? Wasn’t it that he would win no big titles? Well, he is not winning the WTF anyway so congrats to you too. Who would have thought he wouldn’t win anything bigger than an ATP 500 this year?

    I know what you mean about my blog becoming dull if Djoker keeps winning. If someone dominates like that a lot of people become bored. But I think it must be appreciated for what it is, even if you are not a fan. Like you said, we were early Djoker supporters and we didn’t expect such dominance, so that makes it interesting for us.

    We had the foresight that he is something special and it’s not our fault if others can’t appreciate him. As for your question, he already dominated in 2011 but I didn’t think it would happen again or even better the way it is now. When I supported him at Wimby I still had no idea he would have this good a year. So it’s been a great ride and hopefully will just continue.

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