Tennis: Djokovic having the “best year yet”


Men’s tennis has been on the upswing in recent years, but Novak Djokovic is continuing to make strides and has been overshadowing even the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in his record-breaking season.

After bagging two titles in as many weeks in China, including the Shanghai Masters where he bested Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at 6-2, 6-4, the Serbian is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Racking in record points and prize money plus pinning three of the four Majors, there is no doubt that the world number one is having his best year yet.

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Djokovic, who became a husband and a father in 2014, pointed out that this year is far better than what he had in 2011, when he also bagged three Grand Slam titles and listed a win-loss record of 70-6.

Only Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka spoiled Dojokovic’s party when he denied the Serb the French Open trophy.

With 73 victories and only five defeats this season, the 10-time Grand Slam champion has not dropped a set since the US Open final and has convincingly posted wins over Federer, Nadal, and Andy Murray along the way.

“It’s the best year of my life. No question about it. Everything is working great. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be able to play this well, to be successful,” Djokovic told reporters after his masterful win in Shanghai.

“I don’t want to get carried away by success obviously because I want to be playing on this level for many more years to come.”

Djokovic became only the third man, next to Federer and Rod Laver, to reach all four Grand Slam finals in the same year – and he has yet to face a constant rival who could pose as the biggest threat to his throne.

Djokovic currently has 14,285 points in the race for the ATP Finals in London, 6,415 more than that of Murray, who is second in the world rankings.