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When winning the ATP World Tour Finals is just the icing on the cake

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December 12, 2015


Want to talk about an outstanding season on tour?

A season compared to the 2010 of Rafael Nadal or the 2011 of Novak Djokovic?  That seems just somehow another level? How about a season highlighted by numerous records, winning six Masters 1000 Tournaments, three Grand Slam titles, the ATP World Tour Finals and losing just six times all year? That is the season that Novak Djokovic just had.

When winning the Finals in November seems like just another day in the office you can tell that something truly special happened on the courts this year. The Serbian world number one returned to incredible form in 2015. In fact, he surpassed his previous breathtaking season of 2011 by winning virtually every tournament he entered. The only thing that truly hurt is The French Open loss in the finals. At first it may seem that the two seasons don't really differ by the numbers, but when we take a closer look at his performance in 2015 it is easy to say that he was as close to being unbeatable as it gets.

Looks like getting married and becoming a parent really helps on court.

After the last couple of seasons when the Serbian had some tough big match losses, he bounced back like his life depended on it. He dominated the game like very few before him and the fact that he did it during the so called 'golden era' of tennis, competing against the likes of Federer, Nadal and Murray, makes it even more special. He beat his biggest rival Rafael Nadal four out of four times, including arguably his most significant victory over him at the Spaniard's own Roland Garross. Federer was the toughest challenge, winning 3 times versus Nole this year: in the finals of Dubai and Cincinnati, then during the round robin stage in the O2 Arena in London.  But the Djoker has got the better of him on five occasions including the finals of Wimbledon, the US Open and the World Tour Finals.

The Serbian who held the top ranking every day of 2015, earned 16,785 total ranking pionts (he stands alone with that record) and reached 15 cunsecutive finals during the season, had just one bad day out of 365 -- and by bad I mean he still played a good match, but ran into a Swiss locomotive that could not be stopped on that final Sunday of the French Open. That locomotive, of course, was Stan Wawrinka who denied Djokovic's bid for clinching his first RG title and the Career Grand Slam (winning all majors at least once). But he put the devastating loss behind him quickly and definitively.

After losing to Wawrinka, Djokovic went on to win Wimbledon, the US Open, Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and London. In the British capital he finished his flawless season by winning his 4th counsecutive (5th overall) ATP World Tour Finals, beating Nishikori, Berdych, Nadal and Federer along the way.

Icing on the cake, right?

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