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Djokovic Wakes up from 2011 Dream Season

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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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ZIFFELS’ 2011 NFL MOCK DRAFT

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Date: April 26, 2011
Special Announcement:
My radio version of News, Notes and Rumors will be on air during the entire NFL draft Thursday April 28 and Friday April 29th. The show both nights will begin at 6 PM EDT and continue during every pick of the first 3 rounds. On Thursday, my co-host will be Paul Banks of SportBank.com to help cover the 1st round. On Friday, my co-host will be Kevin Arnold AKA Ziffles.

I will have a special show on Saturday beginning at 11AM and cover the draft until the middle of the 6th round or when my voice gives out whichever comes first. Ken Becks of 1stdownscouting.com will be my co-host. We will have wrap up coverage of the entire draft Saturday after the last pick and again on Monday during our regular show.

Please join me and call in on the Herbalife Hotline at 216-539-0607 and tell us how your favorite team has done. Phone lines will be open during the broadcast.

The NNR show Monday April 25th will include conversations with the writers for the teams drafting early in the first round. Please join us for the latest in NFL draft information.


1. CAR – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
2. DEN – Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
3. BUF – Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
4. CIN – A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
5. ARI – Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
6. CLE – Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
7. SF – Robert Quinn, DE, UNC
8. TEN – Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
9. DAL – J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
10, WAS – Jake Locker, QB, Washington
11. HOU – Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
12. MIN – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
13. DET – Tyron Smith, OT, USC
14. STL – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
15. MIA – Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
16. JAX – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
17. NE – Cameron Jordan, DE, California
18. SD – Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
19. NYG – Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
20. TB – Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
21. KC – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
22. IND – Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
23. PHI – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
24. NO – Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
25. SEA – Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
26. BAL – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
27. ATL – Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
28. NE – Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
29. CHI – Mike Pouncey, C/OG, Florida
30. NYJ – Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
31. PIT – Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
32. GB – Marvin Austin, DT, UNC
That’s what he thinks. Tell me what you think.

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