Contemporaries like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal made Novak Djokovic’s road to the top more arduous and demanding. The World No:1 had to wait for quite long before he could supersede those two in his late 20s. Djokovic will be finishing the 2015 season as No:1 for the third consecutive year, and also for the fourth time in the last five years, with 16,785 points -- twice as many as second best Andy Murray (8,250). The only blot on the otherwise perfect picture is his failed Roland Garros mission; had it been fruitful, the Serbian would have become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969, to complete the Career Grand Slam.
Still, Djokovic’s feat was nothing short of spectacular. The World No: 1, at the age of 28, is showing no sign of weakness. Regardless you like his playing style or not, it is hard to find a flaw in him. People have got accustomed to see him walk away with the trophies, and almost all his duels, saving for the ones with Federer, have become highly predictable.
Only Stan Wawrinka managed to shock us this season, and kudos to him for that. The forthcoming season, Federer, who is 34, will be desperately looking at extending his Grand Slam titles tally, which seems at stake now. Nadal is already at 14, but the focus has shifted to Djokovic of late.
The Serbian has been on a slow, but steady track till last season, and then 2015 happened, which accelerated his progress; at 28, Djokovic has reached the highest point of his career. All eyes will be on Djokovic in 2016; he will be looking at maintaining his consistency and perhaps taking home the Musketeers’ Trophy --the one and only trophy that has been evading him, which he came close to winning thrice.
Djokovic will be turning 29 next year, interestingly, an age when Federer and Nadal started showing signs of vulnerability. Nadal, for the first time since 2005, finished a season without having won a Major, while Federer has won only one Major after turning 29.