Novak Djokovic Keeps Winning
Tennis star Novak Djokovic is ranked second in the world. However, the strong willed Serbain has beaten number one ranked Rafael Nadal two times in as many weeks. Yesterday, Djokovic ousted Nadal in a dramatic final at the Sony Ericsson Tournament final, winning 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4). He has won 26 matches in a row, and remains unbeaten in 2011. Here is more from the AP and espn.com on yesterday’s tournament championship.
Djokovic remains ranked No. 2, but he heads into the clay-court season with a 26-match winning streak that includes four tournament titles. His record of 24-0 in 2011 is the best to begin a year since Ivan Lendl started 25-0 in 1986.
Sunday’s win ranked with the most impressive. On a sunny, 85-degree afternoon, Djokovic swapped shots with the sport’s most physically punishing player for nearly 3½ hours.
It was Djokovic who looked fresher at the finish.
“Such a close match,” the Serb said. “To win against the No. 1 player of the world in a tiebreak in the third set, it’s just incredible.”
You know what else is incredible? Djokovic’s play this year. He is unstoppable and now has his sights set on the number one world ranking. Roger Federer, no problem. Rafael Nadal, get out the way. At least, that’s how 2011 has been for Novak Djokovic. It’s refreshing to see a more mature, consistenly dominant Djokovic. For a man that had his heart, and work ethic, questioned early in his career, Novak has silenced all his critics. The 23 year-old has worked non-stop on his game, and currently is playing better than anyone on the planet.