With his fourth consecutive triumph and fifth overall at the prestigious season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, Novak Djokovic capped off his best ever year in style. His straight sets demolition of Roger Federer further cemented his position as the undisputed number one in men’s tennis today.
The Serbian ended 2015 with 82 wins out of 88 competitive matches on the tour and thereby completely stamping his authority on the men’s game. He had a similar year in 2011 where he also lost only six matches in the year but with 12 fewer wins. He also managed to improve his overall record and equal the number of wins in head-to-head matches against biggest rivals Federer (22 out of 44) and Rafael Nadal (23 out of 46).
He became only the third person after Rod Laver and Roger Federer to reach the finals of all four Grand Slams in a single year. He won three of them, something Djokovic repeated from 2011 and only missed out on the French Open. The ‘Djoker’ finished the year with as many as 11 titles in all, the most in his career in a calendar year. He was also honoured with the highly acclaimed Laureus Sportsman of the Year award for 2015.
Slew Of Records
2015 became a record-breaking year for Novak Djokovic as he went about setting records at will. He had record points tally for a single year with 16,785 and reached 15 straight finals in the year. His six Masters titles are a single-season record as well. He is only the fifth man to get into double figures for number of Grand Slam titles singles won. His fifth Australian Open win puts him ahead of Agassi and again, Federer, for most victories in Melbourne. Apart from these, he also became the record winner at the Paris Masters, Shanghai Masters and China Open with 4, 3 and 6 overall wins respectively.
Outlook For 2016
The great Andre Agassi considers Novak Djokovic to be one of the greatest returners of the game and John McEnroe put the Serbian in his all-time top 5 list after his Wimbledon victory. Tim Henman and acclaimed coach Nick Bollettieri have been very vocal about their praises for Djokovic as well. The man known for his powerful baseline play and seemingly never-ending reserves of energy would be looking to add the French Open title to his burgeoning trophy cabinet. With 2016 being an Olympic year, the money will be on Djokovic to achieve a ‘Golden Slam’ (All 4 Grand Slams + Olympic Gold). If he does manages to win it all in 2016, then there won’t be enough superlatives to describe the achievements of this amazing competitor.