July 4th, 2011 was truly Independence Day for Serbian pro tennis player Novak Djokovic.The 24-year-old athlete was ranked No. 1 in the world for the first time in his career by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Regardless of what 2012 and seasons beyond hold for Djokovic, the victories and records he’s logged at such an early age are poised to remain permanently etched in the annals of tennis history.
Novak Djokovic: A Perfect Season? is a behind-the-scenes biography of the Serbian Sensation’s rise to fame. In the book you’ll learn about Djokovic’s origins, his life off the court, and the intense rivalries that have defined his career.
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Rivalries define sports for both players and spectators alike.
It is only fitting, then, than Novak Djokovic’s rise to the supreme player of his time has also engendered no shortage of riveting rivalries that have played out on tennis courts around the world.
By the start of 2011, men’s tennis appeared poised to be defined by the “trivalry,” as CBS sports analyst Mary Carillo puts it. Carillo is referring to the jostling for the top spot in tennis by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic – a three-way rivalry eerily reminiscent of the days when John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors waged their classic battles in a similar quest for dominance.
But chief among these contemporary tennis court clashes that provoke appointment television is the much-hyped rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Despite the lack of personal vitriol or hatred between the players, Djokovic and Nadal have engaged audiences with numerous classic confrontations that pitted two of the sport’s best players against one another.
But while this perceived rivalry may be spellbinding for tennis fans across the globe, a plethora of analysts believe the term “rivalry” to be a misnomer of sorts when it comes to describing Djokovic and Nadal’s most recent clashes on the court.
“In 2010 when Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic fought for the title in the finals of the US Open,” recalls Bleacher Report analyst Vee Jay, “I wrote that it was the beginning of a new rivalry to replace the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal rivalry.”
“Technically, they have a true rivalry,” Jay observed, “But really, is it a rivalry when one player steamrolls the other every time and on every surface? Djokovic has beaten Nadal every time this year and Nadal has looked completely clueless except at the US Open where he showed signs of making some sense of the Djokovic riddle.”
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One of the defining characteristics of Djokovic’s rivalry with Nadal is their rather diverse playing styles. While Djokovic has a well-rounded game underscored by superior agility, above average strength, and occasional bursts of well-timed aggression, Greg Garber of ESPN suggests that Nadal is more of a loose cannon on the court.
Nadal generally plays an aggressive game littered with speedy footwork, comprehensive court coverage, and relentless counterpunching, but he lacks a well-rounded game in some respects. “Power is rewarded far more often on grass than on clay,” Garber says. “Nadal’s prototypical clay-court game — based on consistent power, defense and attrition — doesn’t necessarily play well on grass.”
To date in their careers, Djokovic and Nadal have met 29 times in head to head competition. Although Nadal still boasts a 16–13 victory advantage, the majority of his wins against Djokovic came prior to the Serbian’s surge during the last three years.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Djokovic’s Perfect Serve: The 2011 Season
- Djokovic Bruised But Still Unbeaten
- Djokovic Unfazed
- Djokovic Courts Greatness
- The Serbian Sensation
- Djokovic’s Clashes On The Court
- Driving Djokovic
- Mr. Grand Slam
- Djokovic As A Pop Culture Phenomenon
- The Sweet Spot
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