Everyone that follows tennis knows that Novak Djokovic had an outstanding year in 2011. The 24-year-old Serb won the U.S Open, Wimbledon, the Australian Open, a whole host of Masters events and lost just six matches all season.
The world number one male tennis player's accomplishments were recognized with the top individual honor in the 2012 Laureus Sports Awards on Monday February 7 2012.
That was some year. However, the unrelenting performances Novak Djokovic put on in the 2012 Australian Open showed that 2011 was no one-off. Djokovic certainly justified his position as the world's best player with his outstanding five set wins over Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
The physical condition the man is in represents a significant challenge for those chasing him. However, one thing we know is that the men's game is competitive.
Both Murray and Nadal will have been disappointed to lose against the Serbian player. Nevertheless, the British and Spanish players will have been happy to push Djokovic to the edge.
Roger Federer may not have won a Grand Slam title since the 2010 Australian Open, but it would be foolish to write him off. The Swiss star is still a magnificent athlete and could well add to his Grand Slam tally in 2012.
Momentum is a strange thing in sport, and now it seems to be all behind Djokovic. In recent years, we have seen how powerful that can be. For example, Roger Federer's five consecutive years of Wimbledon titles from 2003 to 2007.
There is also a current example involving Rafael Nadal's record at the French Open. The Spaniard has been remarkably successful at Roland Garros, since his professional tennis career has begun. It is a well-known fact that the world number two player is most comfortable on clay.
Between 2005 and 2011, the Spanish player has won the French Open title on six occasions. The year he did not win was 2009. That year Roger Federer won his only French Open title. The challenge is certainly there for Djokovic to prove he is the king on all surfaces.
Roland Garros is the next Grand Slam on the tennis schedule beginning on 28 May 2012, and it will create a significant challenge for the Serbian world number one. The French Open remains the one that got away, so far in this 24-year-old's career; this is the only Grand Slam title that he is yet to win.
The tournament will conclude on 10 June 2012, and if Djokovic has won another Grand Slam title by that date, it will represent another significant triumph, mostly because Nadal would no longer be the king on clay.
The Serb has already admitted that he is targeting the Golden Slam. That is to be the reigning champion in all the Grand Slams and securing an Olympic gold medal. Djokovic is already the current champion of three of the Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, U.S Open, and Wimbledon).
The world number one also won an Olympic bronze medal in the 2008 Games, in Beijing, China.
James Kent is a freelance sports Journalist and a devoted follower of tennis for many years. He has attended tournaments in the USA and the UK as a spectator.
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