Showing posts with label World no.1. Show all posts
Showing posts with label World no.1. Show all posts
This article was first published on TennisConnected.com as http://tennisconnected.com/home/2011/10/13/djokovic%e2%80%99s-2011-stats-his-no-1-ranking-and-kaizen/By Apeksha HA on October 13, 2011.



With Rafael Nadal’s defeat in Shanghai, Novak Djokovic is all set to end 2011 as World No.1. It will be the first time since 2003 that a player other than Roger Federer or Nadal will end the year as the No.1 player in the world (the last player to do so was Andy Roddick in ‘03). A lot of things have been said about the unbelievable achievements of the Serb and how he has been able to achieve his success this season.

Let’s take a look at Djokovic’s stats from 2011 compared to 2010.


 When looking at his game stats, one will be surprised to know how much Djokovic has elevated his game since last year. He has reduced his double faults and break points faced by a whooping 60 percent and 40 percent, respectively. Also, his return games won in 2011 have been 41 percent compared to 32 percent in 2010. For me, this summarizes the effort that has been put forth in his game to achieve the pinnacle of success this year.

There’s no doubt that some qualitative factors such as a change in his diet and Davis Cup victory attributed to his recent success. But his overall focus on the weak areas in his game have really taken him up to the next level. The principle of Kaizen (continuous improvement) fits perfectly into his game. His quest for continuously improving his game—early racket preparation, penetrating forehands, shallow spin on service returns and fitness—along with willingness to change, aided him to identify the weak links in his game and work upon it. He is what Nadal was in 2008 (solid defense) but with more aggression. His dominance throughout the year is remarkable as it has been accomplished in the presence of two greatest players in tennis history (Federer and Nadal). 

Whether he can continue his success in 2012 is a question best left for the future, but the key lesson to take away from Djokovic in 2011 remains a simplistic one: In order to succeed, you have to continuously work on yourself to remain at the top. If you don’t, you will become obsolete and someone else will come along and take away your position: Is Roddick listening?


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Djokovic’s 2011 stats; his No.1 ranking; and, Kaizen!

This article was first published on TennisConnected.com as http://tennisconnected.com/home/2011/10/13/djokovic%e2%80%99s-2011-stats-his-no-1-ranking-and-kaizen/By Apeksha HA on October 13, 2011.



With Rafael Nadal’s defeat in Shanghai, Novak Djokovic is all set to end 2011 as World No.1. It will be the first time since 2003 that a player other than Roger Federer or Nadal will end the year as the No.1 player in the world (the last player to do so was Andy Roddick in ‘03). A lot of things have been said about the unbelievable achievements of the Serb and how he has been able to achieve his success this season.

Let’s take a look at Djokovic’s stats from 2011 compared to 2010.


 When looking at his game stats, one will be surprised to know how much Djokovic has elevated his game since last year. He has reduced his double faults and break points faced by a whooping 60 percent and 40 percent, respectively. Also, his return games won in 2011 have been 41 percent compared to 32 percent in 2010. For me, this summarizes the effort that has been put forth in his game to achieve the pinnacle of success this year.

There’s no doubt that some qualitative factors such as a change in his diet and Davis Cup victory attributed to his recent success. But his overall focus on the weak areas in his game have really taken him up to the next level. The principle of Kaizen (continuous improvement) fits perfectly into his game. His quest for continuously improving his game—early racket preparation, penetrating forehands, shallow spin on service returns and fitness—along with willingness to change, aided him to identify the weak links in his game and work upon it. He is what Nadal was in 2008 (solid defense) but with more aggression. His dominance throughout the year is remarkable as it has been accomplished in the presence of two greatest players in tennis history (Federer and Nadal). 

Whether he can continue his success in 2012 is a question best left for the future, but the key lesson to take away from Djokovic in 2011 remains a simplistic one: In order to succeed, you have to continuously work on yourself to remain at the top. If you don’t, you will become obsolete and someone else will come along and take away your position: Is Roddick listening?


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Novak Djokovic: 47-1, 7 titles this year, this man known as Nole to the tennis world has done the unthinkable. A feat achieved today earlier thought as impossible:  For the first time since Feb 1, 2004, there is no Federer/Nadal as World No 1. His lifelong dream has come true. For me, it was simply amazing to see the majestic tennis display by Novak Djokovic who certainly won lot of hearts by his grit and determination today by defeating Tsonga in 4 sets: 7-6.6-2,6-7,6-3.


5 reasons why he won today and became number 1 (a well-deserved throne): 
1) Best Returner in the Game: A lot of people had predicted Tsonga because of his serve and powerful shots. In my previous post, I had said that Djokovic will win because he is the best returner in the game and won’t give away points easily to Tsonga. If Tsonga has powerful shots, so does Nole. And that’s exactly what we saw today. He had 12 break points today. The best moment was to see Djokovic come back one serve down in the first set: 4-5, and hit the best 3 returns of the game and thus the comeback story started.

2) Never Give Up: Tsonga should have been the winner at so many times in the match if it were not for the resilient Djokovic. His never give up attitude even in points unthinkable helped him crush his opponent’s confidence. And the result was there, he got 4-1 up in the second set immediately and inspite of losing the third set, he won the fourth set comfortably. He might have been under a little bit of pressure in third set when he failed to capitalize on 6-5 up,serving for the match and two match points in the tiebreak. But that’s obvious-Dream of his life-You are bound to feel pressure. He again came back to win the match. There was no one stopping Nole today to achieve his destiny.

3) Variety: I have always said that to win on grass court, you need variety. And that’s what was shown By Nole. He was coming on to the net, playing good volleys and classical cross court tennis, had shallow spin on his returns which left Tsonga perplexed. He was not hesitant to try drop shots on occasions to keep Tsonga guessing. He had answers to every shot that Tsonga played today.

4) No Weakness: The way, Nole has played this year has been perfect.47 wins and 1 Loss. And the reason is simple: This player does not have any weakness left in his game. Grass Court was supposed to be his weakest surface and the way he played today clearly showed that it’s past now. At present, he is doing everything possible, sliding, volleying, hitting winners on backhand/forehand, good serves. Above all if one would have seen the game today, he was doing what Nadal/Federer are known for doing: Running their opponents throughout the court and dictating the play.

5) Will to Succeed: After losing to Federer in French Open, he had said he will bounce back. You could see it in his eyes today. When he was 5-3 up, 30-15, he screamed out COME ON and it was stamped then- Nole will become number 1. And that is the most important thing if a person has to achieve his dream- Will TO Succeed. Unlike Federer, he was motivated today and his body language suggested he had come prepared and was not ready to give up even after he let the third set slip away. The SIGN of a TRUE CHAMPION.

Tsonga who had defeated Nadal and Federer in his last 20 days was easily overcome by Nole by his impeccable tennis today: Something which he has shown again and again this year. He has become the new NADAL of tennis who has no weaknesses and is afraid of no one. He has become physically strong and mentally tough- learning at every step in his career. Who would have thought him as World No. 1 at the start of the year? Is this the start of new era in men’s tennis? Time will tell but one thing is for sure, tennis fans all over the world have an amazing time ahead. Time for FEDALOVIC!


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Novak Djokovic:New World No.1: How he joined the league of Federer/Nadal

Novak Djokovic:New World No.1: How he joined the league of Federer/Nadal


Novak Djokovic: 47-1, 7 titles this year, this man known as Nole to the tennis world has done the unthinkable. A feat achieved today earlier thought as impossible:  For the first time since Feb 1, 2004, there is no Federer/Nadal as World No 1. His lifelong dream has come true. For me, it was simply amazing to see the majestic tennis display by Novak Djokovic who certainly won lot of hearts by his grit and determination today by defeating Tsonga in 4 sets: 7-6.6-2,6-7,6-3.


5 reasons why he won today and became number 1 (a well-deserved throne): 
1) Best Returner in the Game: A lot of people had predicted Tsonga because of his serve and powerful shots. In my previous post, I had said that Djokovic will win because he is the best returner in the game and won’t give away points easily to Tsonga. If Tsonga has powerful shots, so does Nole. And that’s exactly what we saw today. He had 12 break points today. The best moment was to see Djokovic come back one serve down in the first set: 4-5, and hit the best 3 returns of the game and thus the comeback story started.

2) Never Give Up: Tsonga should have been the winner at so many times in the match if it were not for the resilient Djokovic. His never give up attitude even in points unthinkable helped him crush his opponent’s confidence. And the result was there, he got 4-1 up in the second set immediately and inspite of losing the third set, he won the fourth set comfortably. He might have been under a little bit of pressure in third set when he failed to capitalize on 6-5 up,serving for the match and two match points in the tiebreak. But that’s obvious-Dream of his life-You are bound to feel pressure. He again came back to win the match. There was no one stopping Nole today to achieve his destiny.

3) Variety: I have always said that to win on grass court, you need variety. And that’s what was shown By Nole. He was coming on to the net, playing good volleys and classical cross court tennis, had shallow spin on his returns which left Tsonga perplexed. He was not hesitant to try drop shots on occasions to keep Tsonga guessing. He had answers to every shot that Tsonga played today.

4) No Weakness: The way, Nole has played this year has been perfect.47 wins and 1 Loss. And the reason is simple: This player does not have any weakness left in his game. Grass Court was supposed to be his weakest surface and the way he played today clearly showed that it’s past now. At present, he is doing everything possible, sliding, volleying, hitting winners on backhand/forehand, good serves. Above all if one would have seen the game today, he was doing what Nadal/Federer are known for doing: Running their opponents throughout the court and dictating the play.

5) Will to Succeed: After losing to Federer in French Open, he had said he will bounce back. You could see it in his eyes today. When he was 5-3 up, 30-15, he screamed out COME ON and it was stamped then- Nole will become number 1. And that is the most important thing if a person has to achieve his dream- Will TO Succeed. Unlike Federer, he was motivated today and his body language suggested he had come prepared and was not ready to give up even after he let the third set slip away. The SIGN of a TRUE CHAMPION.

Tsonga who had defeated Nadal and Federer in his last 20 days was easily overcome by Nole by his impeccable tennis today: Something which he has shown again and again this year. He has become the new NADAL of tennis who has no weaknesses and is afraid of no one. He has become physically strong and mentally tough- learning at every step in his career. Who would have thought him as World No. 1 at the start of the year? Is this the start of new era in men’s tennis? Time will tell but one thing is for sure, tennis fans all over the world have an amazing time ahead. Time for FEDALOVIC!


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