Djokovic has been on fire throughout the year, including unseating Rafael Nadal from his No. 1 spot and his US Open title. So far, this year alone, the Serb has defeated the Spaniard at six finals, meaning he has won 64 matches out of his total 66 for 2011.
Nadal and Djokovic played through a 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-1 match that was exciting to watch as much as Djokovic was excited about his victory.
As Nadal looked back at the match, he said, “Obviously I’m disappointed but this guy is doing unbelievable things so congratulations Novak and your team for everything… What you did this year is probably impossible to repeat. I try my best in every moment, these kind of matches are very difficult, it brings your body to the limit.”
He adds, “I tried to play great but he always makes a fantastic comeback. That’s tennis, I tried my best and am happy with what I did. I ran to every ball and fought until the last ball… This year I lost a lot of finals against him but I won a lot in the past and the only thing I can do is try my best every day to keep improving and for sure I will come back next year and try my best.”
Currently, Djokovic holds the Wimbledon, Australian Open, and US Open titles for 2011. He is the sixth man playing in the open era to have ever won three of the four major grand slam titles within the same year.