Coming off his incredible win over Nadal in the US Open tennis final, Djokovic was unable to complete his Davis Cup match due to a lingering back injury. The injury first made an appearance during the final with Nadal. With only a short rest period between the final and his Davis Cup match, Djokovic was unable to recover properly and retired after losing the the first set.
Novak Djokovic’s 2011 Season
Looking back it has been quite a year for the young Serbian player. To start off 2011 he notched 41 consecutive wins that led him to hoist his second major Australian Open title, along with a slew of victories at other prestigious events. He was indeed the man to beat, and for 41 matches no one was able to.
An on form Federer stopped the streak in the semi-final of the French Open at Roland Garros. Federer played inspired tennis, dismissing the circulating rumors of his demise from the top of men’s tennis. This was a temporary lull however, as Djokovic returned to form and snatched the Wimbledon championship to add to his list of major titles.
Fast forward to the present. We have a new US Open champion in Djokovic, who has continued to impress the whole year. His only other loss during the regular season was to Andy Murray, in a match where he had to retire due to injury. The absolute dominance he displayed throughout the season has truly been something incredible to watch.
Discussions are still ongoing about whether or not this is the best season ever put together by a tennis player. While the record alone may fall short of the best ever, the competition and depth of the men’s tennis field has drastically increased since earlier days of the tour. Even guys knocking around outside the top 100 in ATP Tour ranking points can produce thrilling and inspired tennis.
How Will Djokovic Handle 2012
It will be interesting to see how the Serbian’s new found success carries him into the next season. After producing such a high level of tennis consistently for an entire year, can he keep up the pace? The back injury that has all but put an end to the rest of 2011 will be a big factor. If Djokovic can get healthy again in time for the new year of competition he will be a fearsome opponent.
The confidence and experience he has gained makes the perfect combination with his youth and dedication. He seems to have everyone’s number at this point, though Federer has continued to pose real problems for him. If anyone is able to stem the flow of victories going into next year it will have to be the Swiss maestro.
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