Djokovic Continues To Dominate
Novak Djokovic improved his record to 18-0 on the year, defeating top ranked Rafael Nadal yesterday at Indian Wells. The streaking Serbian beat Nadal and Roger Federer in three days, marking the second time he’s beaten both in the same tournament. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.
“It definitely says good things. I am playing with a lot of confidence. I’m feeling the ball well on the court,” he said. “I’m very dedicated. I have a big will to win each match. I want to keep on going and keep on playing good tennis.”
Djokovic will move into the No. 2 spot when the ATP Tour rankings are released Monday, having bumped Roger Federer down to third after he lost to Djokovic in the semifinals. Nadal will remain No. 1 with a 14-3 record.
After Nadal’s forehand hit the net on match point, Djokovic threw his head back and let out a prolonged yell while pumping both arms.
Now that Djokovic has surpassed Federer in the world rankings, he’ll have his sights set on the top spot currently held by the opponent he defeated yesterday.
For the last several years, the only two male tennis players taken seriously were Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Djokovic always showed the capability, but never could perform at the highest level on a consistent basis. That has clearly changed, as he has been on an absolute tear this season.
It is refreshing to see another male tennis player step up to the forefront and seriously challenge Nadal, and what appears to be an aging Federer.