Novak Djokovic from start to today. In this new column, we will explore the Serb's career, focusing our analysis in several stages not only on his victories and his records, but also on anecdotes, events that happened behind the scenes, and curiosities.
In short, the genesis of a champion. From January 2015 to June 2016, Nole lived through what was probably the best period of his extraordinary career. An absolute dominion of 18 months, during which Djokovic annihilated almost every resistance of his opponents.
An unprecedented domain. In January 2015, he won his eighth Slam at the Australian Open by beating Andy Murray in the final. After Melbourne Nole won Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome. At the French Open, for the first time, he managed to beat Rafael Nadal.
In the final, he faced Stan Wawrinka, against whom he lost incredibly. The only shock in 18 months. In the summer he lived his personal challenge against Roger Federer. Djokovic defeated his rival in both the Wimbledon final and the US Open final, winning his 9th and 10th Slam.
He also triumphed in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris-Bercy and at the ATP Finals. "After the season I had in 2015, it is as if anything other than the title or the final is not a success. Somehow, even if you don't think it personally, there is a kind of energy created by the people around you.
I think it's all in your mind, that's why I tried to keep the same team close to me and always follow the same lifestyle. You understand you can't just go out on the court to hit some ball because you know there are people watching you, maybe the coaches of your opponents.
You have the feeling that you are always under radar and it keeps you focused," he said in an interview. In early 2016, after his victory in Doha, he defeated Andy Murray again in Melbourne. Nole won Indian Wells for the fifth time and Miami for the sixth time.
After the victory in Madrid against Murray, he reached the French Open, where he reached the final, again against Murray. This time Nole managed to fulfil his dream, winning his first Parisian title, completing the Career Grand Slam and Nole Slam, four consecutive Slams in two different seasons.
A triumph. At Wimbledon, after many victories, he was eliminated in the third round. "The motivations were there but I didn't have enough energy. Physically there was some problem, but I think most of the physical problems come from the head.
I had exhausted all my emotions at the Roland Garros. I had nothing left inside. And also two months before Paris I was not feeling very well, too much pressure. It was really too much: too much for me and my team. I realized it late.
After Paris I felt out of balance, shaken, and it took a long time to find the spark. I was also surprised because I never had the worry of having to motivate myself." From Wimbledon 2016, the problems started for him.
Nole lost the US Open final against Wawrinka and, at the end of the year, the ATP Finals against Andy Murray: the Scot dethroned his rival, becoming the new world no. 1. A nightmare period began for Novak Djokovic, but we will tell about it in the next article.