What Went Wrong for Djokovic in 2013?



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What Went Wrong for Djokovic in 2013?

For the fourth time in five years, Novak Djokovic will be signing off the season as the World No: 1, taking home three Grand Slam trophies -- the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, not to mention the six Masters titles -- Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Shanghai and Paris.

Boris Becker is a happy man, and he has posted a pictorial tribute to his protégé on facebook, making a mention of his all 10 title wins so far this season, with the ATP World Tour Finals around the corner.

The last time we witnessed such domination was in 2010, when Rafael Nadal won the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open in a row, albeit a poor start of the season which saw him retire hurt during the Australian Open, owing to a knee injury.

And Roger Federer, he dominated the circuit like no other in 2004 -- winning three Majors saving for the Musketeers’ Trophy, as he was shown the doors on red dirt in the first week itself by Gustavo Kuerten. The Swiss maestro repeated that spectacular feat in 2006 and 2007; on both the occasions, it was Nadal who denied him the French Open.

However, neither Federer nor Nadal had six Masters titles to augment their achievements. Federer won three in 2004; four in 2006; two in 2007. In Nadal’s case, he won three in 2010. Given that, Djokovic’s 2015 feat stands out.

How Nadal outclassed Djokovic in 2013 The twenty-tens have been more or less about the inch-perfect Serbian, saving for one year -- 2013. Had it not been for that, we could have said that Djokovic monopolised the first half of this decade. Nadal made his superiority tell that year, seizing the top spot from Djokovic, after a three-year gap.