Novak Djokovic earns Standard's International Sportsman of the Decade


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Novak Djokovic earns Standard's International Sportsman of the Decade

Like many others, the readers of the Standard Sport had the opportunity to pick the most accomplished athletes of the previous ten years, choosing Lewis Hamilton as the British Sportsperson of the Decade. An incredible swimmer Katie Ledecky grabbed the International Sportswoman of the Decade award while Novak Djokovic secured the International Sportsman of the Decade honor.

The Serb had been the best player on the ATP Tour in the last ten years, claiming 15 Majors and 29 Masters 1000 crowns to leave Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer behind him. At the end of 2010, Novak Djokovic was world no. 3 for four years but still far behind Nadal and Federer, winning the Davis Cup trophy for Serbia with his teammates at the end of the season and finding the solution for his physical problems to begin domination that lasted for five and a half years.

In 2011, Novak produced one of the greatest seasons in the Open era, conquering eight notable titles by the US Open and leaving the main rivals far behind for the first time. Battling with Roger Federer for the year-end no.

1 spot in 2012, Novak passed the Swiss in the closing stages to keep the throne, staying at the top for almost four years before Andy Murray stole it in a wild finish of 2016 season. Choosing his tournaments wisely and always giving his 100% at Majors, Masters 1000 events and the AP Finals, Novak was the most consistent player of the decade, delivering the best tennis on every surface and part of the calendar.

Melting the deficit to Roger and Rafa and standing just four Majors behind the Swiss ahead of the Australian Open 2020. Overcoming severe elbow injury, Novak made an incredible return in 2018 to pass Nadal and finish as the year-end no.

1 player for the fifth time. After a titanic battle with the Spaniard, Novak lost world no. 1 position in the closing stages of 2019 but that couldn't harm the unbelievable decade that propelled him towards the greatest players of all time.