Since his major breakthrough in 2011, a certain Belgrade-born, Monte Carlo resident has done a whole lot of winning. But this upcoming section of the never-ending, relentless tennis season is undoubtedly Novak Djokovic’s favourite.
Think Rafa Nadal grinding away on the clay courts in April and May; Roger Federer on the All England Club grass; now it’s world No.1 Djokovic during the end-of-season Asian and indoor hard-court swings.
In the three massive events coming up on the 2016 ATP World Tour calendar – Shanghai, Paris and London’s World Tour Finals – the Serb has had monstrous success at all of them. And let’s not forget Beijing’s China Open before too – which the Serb was forced to pull out of this year through injury.
So with the frenzy of the U.S. Open and the Big Apple behind us, and the ATP 1000 event in the Chinese metropolis approaching, let’s dig into the numbers involved in the Djokovic domination…
- Djokovic has won a total of six China Open titles over the past eight years in Beijing (and didn’t play in either 2011 nor this year in 2016).
- He didn’t lose a set in ten matches in 2014 and 2015 in Beijing. Last year, he only lost 18 games in five matches – no more than three in a set!
- It was four straight Beijing crowns for the world No.1 between 2012 and 2015 – only losing two sets combined in those four tournament years.
- Last year, he won both Beijing and Shanghai without dropping a set.
- Djokovic has nabbed the Shanghai trophy in three of the past four seasons, with two extremely tight, final victories in 2012 and 2013.
- In the former, he saved match points to defeat Andy Murray, while for the latter, he edged out Juan Martin del Potro in a final-set breaker.
Paris & London
- The Serb has four BNP Paribas Masters titles to his name, winning three in a row indoors in Bercy.
- He’s the only man to successfully defend the Paris title, achieving the feat twice, in fact.
- At London’s O2 Arena, Djokovic has bested the ATP World Tour Finals event for four years on the spin.
- His only loss in that four-year spell came in the round-robin stage to Roger Federer last year.
- A triumph at the O2 this year would equal Roger Federer’s record of six end-of-season championships.
On his own at the top
- The Serb has won all four events in the same season on two occasions – in 2013 and 2015.
- In 2013, he went a perfect 20-0 at the four events.
Injury and off-court distractions may have prohibited him from anywhere near the total perfection he’s used to during Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. But, if those issues are a thing of the past, it’ll come as no surprise if he waltzes along to more success in Asia and two of Europe’s premier cities at the end of 2016.
The Serb has an extraordinary amount of ranking points to defend as 2016 races to an end (and at the start of 2017 too) and knows that Andy Murray could be ready to pounce if there’re a few slip-ups.