Friday, June 12, 2015

Silver lining for Djokovic

Novak Djokovic came up short for the third time in his career at final of Roland Garros again this year, prolonging his wait for the one major title that eludes the current No. 1. However, the loss hasn't completely spoiled an incredible start to the season - arguably the greatest start ever.

Following Roland Garros, Djokovic had 7585 ranking points in the year-to-date rankings, which is the most points ever recorded by a player this far into a season. Even if the ranking formulas from previous seasons were adjusted to the current one, Djokovic's mark still leads the way.

On top of that, the second best mark in tennis history is also owned by Djokovic thanks to his dominant start in 2011 that saw him rise to No. 1 in the world shortly after for the first time in his career.

Earlier in the tournament, Djokovic mathematically clinched his spot in the year-end finals in London. He now holds a lead of at least 3000 points over every other player in the world. Even Stan Wawrinka, who won Roland Garros and has the benefit of already having played three more tournaments than Djokovic, trails the Serb by 3355 points.

The world No. 1 currently holds two major titles, the year-end finals title, and five ATP Masters Series titles. If he wins in Canada or Cincinnati, Djokovic will become the first player in tennis history to hold six 1000 titles at the same time, improving his credentials for owner of the greatest season of all time.

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