5 records Novak Djokovic can achieve in 2016
Djokovic – on a record breaking spreeNovak Djokovic has had one of the greatest tennis seasons of all time. Just have a look at some of his achievements this year alone:- Won 3 majors in a year for the second time in his career (also accomplished this in 2011)- Reached the finals of all 4 majors this year.- Has a 27-1 win-loss Record in majors this year, equals Federer.- Moved into 7th spot in the all time list of most grand slam titles with 10 titles (5th in the Open Era).- Won an unprecedented 6 ATP Masters 1000 titles this year.- Reached the finals of all 8 Masters 1000 events he participated in.- Reached the finals of 14 consecutive tournaments since the Australian Open in January.- Has a 28-4 record against top 10 players this season, the most wins over the top 10 in a single season in the Open Era.- Has a 78-5 record (94%) this season going into the World Tour Finals.- Has not dropped any points this season. Secured year end No. 1 rank in September itself.With such an impressive year, surely it will be hard to top. But Djokovic seems to be going relentlessly and more and more records are lining up within his sights. Here are 5 records that he is most likely to achieve in the 2016 season.
#1 Career ATP Masters 1000 Sweep
One of the most unprecedented records that Djokovic can achieve in 2016 has to be the ATP Masters career sweep.
Only the title at the Cincinnati Masters remains unaccomplished amongst the 9 most prestigious events on the ATP World Tour. Closest to Djokovic are his rivals Nadal (who has never won at Paris and Miami) and Federer (never won at Monte Carlo and Rome).
Djokovic has been in the position to achieve this record for three years now, ever since he won at Monte Carlo in 2013. He has done well at Cincinnati as well, reaching the finals 5 times over the years. However, he has been thwarted each and every time by an opponent who has simply been in red-hot form on that Sunday.
Twice, it has been Roger Federer, including earlier this year. In fact, their Cincinnati meeting in 2012 remains the only time in their rivalry that Djokovic has been bageled. In all, Djokovic has been found wanting at the last hurdle in the tournament.
Will it be 6th time lucky for Djokovic in 2016? One would not me remiss to think so. He is the best hard-court player and it’s only a matter of time before he manages to find his footing on the Cincinnati court.
In doing so, he would become the first man in all of tennis history to win at all the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments.