Novak Djokovic Can’t Be Beat
Tennis star Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal yesterday in straight sets at the Italian Open final. With the victory, Djokovic won his 39th consecutive match. He is 37-0 this year, only 5 shy of tying John McEnroe’s 42-0 start in 1984. Djokovic continues to dominate anyone that steps on the court with him, even top ranked Nadal. Here is more from the AP and espn.com, followed by more blogging from Scott.
The second-ranked Djokovic has beaten Nadal in all four finals they’ve played this year and defeated the Spaniard for the first time on clay last week in the Madrid Open final.
This win makes Djokovic the first player to beat Nadal on clay twice in the same year, a feat that comes exactly a week before the French Open starts.
“I’m just most happy about the game I have this year on clay — the way I’m striking the ball and the way I’m so self-confident,” Djokovic said. “I always knew I could beat the top players, but now I have the confidence to do it.”
Not only is Djokovic beating the top players, he currently is the top player. Nadal might be ranked first in the world, but anyone that has watched tennis this year realizes that Djokovic is reaching new heights in his game. Look out for Novak at the French Open. The French has been Nadal’s to lose the past five years. When the French Open begins next week, it will be Djokovic’s to lose. With the way he’s playing right now, don’t bet against him. 39 straight wins and counting.