A Phenomenal Season for Djokovic, but Federer Still Stands Tall



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A Phenomenal Season for Djokovic, but Federer Still Stands Tall

It’s of no surprise that Novak Djokovic has called 2015 his best season ever. The World No:1 has pocketed more than $21 million in prize money alone this year, thanks to his 11 titles from 14 finals this calendar year.
A player who once contemplated retirement crestfallen over his repeated losses against the giants -- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal -- has turned the tables eventually.

2015 was all about the 28-year-old Serbian, who almost came close to completing a Career Grand Slam; to top that off, comes his six Masters 1000 series titles -- a new record. While Djokovic pulled out of Madrid, he was humbled in Toronto and Cincinnati finals by Andy Murray and Roger Federer respectively.

Apart from Djokovic, only Rod Laver and Roger Federer have played in all four Grand Slam finals in a single year in the Open Era, and Laver is the only player to have completed a Calendar-Year Grand Slam.
Players who won three Grand Slam titles in a calendar year Five players have won three Grand Slam singles titles in a calendar year -- Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Jimmy Connors had a phenomenal season in 1974, winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. He was banned from playing in Roland Garros between 1974-1978 because he had signed a contract with the World Team Tennis league.

WTT players were denied entry at the French Open during the aforementioned period. One has to note that Connors managed to reach the semifinals of the French Open four times in his later years, once the ban was lifted. Mats Wilander had a dream run in 1988, and it was Miloslav Mecir a.k.a The Big Cat, who stopped him in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, thereby denying him the Calendar-Year Grand Slam.