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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
The is in your court.