by Luke Bajrović
Translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
The famous Swedish tennis player says to our paper that Djokovic had a tremendous season, but that something like this only happens once in a lifetime. At the top, however, it is reasonable to expect Novak to remain number one. Everything will be clear already after the first three months of the new year, says former number one, Swede Stefan Edberg.
Novak Djokovic with the 2012 Mubadala Abu Dhabi Tennis Championship trophy
Once in a lifetime! Former Swedish world best tennis player Stefan Edberg described with these words Novak Djokovic's marvelous results in 2011. Edberg, who during his career won six Grand Slam titles, has admitted in an exclusive interview with "Press" he was impressed with what Novak did in the season behind us.
«It was an incredible season for Novak Djokovic. Something like that probably only happens once in a lifetime», said Edberg, who in his career triumphed twice at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
A series of 41 victories
Last season Djokovic won a total of ten trophies, but there is no doubt that the most important three were his Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. He began with a series of 41 wins, which Federer broke in the semifinals of Roland Garros. In addition, in 2011 Novak became the first player to win five masters tournaments in the same season.
When everything is summed up, there is no doubt that Novak had one of the best seasons not only in the history of tennis, but of sports in general. In such a situation Edberg considers that it is unlikely that Djokovic will repeat these results in the upcoming season, but said that does not mean the Serbian tennis player will fail to retain the first place in the rankings in this period.
«Honestly, I think Novak could not repeat last year, but it is completely realistic to expect him to stay number one. Everything will be clear already after the first three months of the new year and I think that period is the most important part of the upcoming season», the famous Swede said.
Djokovic is expected at the first examination in 2012 on 16 January, when the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, starts in Melbourne.
Desire for revenge
Edberg believes that this year Federer, like Nadal, will have a strong desire for revenge against Novak, who was absolutely dominant last season. In fact, he beat Nadal in six consecutive finals and had a score of 4-1 against Federer. Total 10-1, which is devastating for two players who were, in the past few years, the sovereigns who ruled the tennis world.
«Nadal and Federer will surely try to stop Novak Djokovic. I'm sure both of them want to return to first place in the ATP rankings and will therefore test Novak all the times, in order to stop his dominance. However, the situation is somewhat different this season, considering the fact that Nadal and Federer are now "underdogs", while Djokovic is the man who should win», said Edberg.
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