Monsieur_DeLarge

12-18-2011, 02:35 PM

Does history repeat itself, and if so, what can we predict about Djokovic next year? Here's all the Open Era years where a player won three slams in twelve months, and how they fared subsequently...

1969: Rod Laver (aged 31) does the clean sweep of all four. The proper Grand Slam. Age gets the better of the Aussie veteran, though, and he never wins another major.

1974: Jimmy Connors (22) wins all three of the majors he plays in during one of the most dominant seasons ever. Wins none in '75, and only two more over the next seven years.

1984 [cheat inclusion]: John McEnroe (25) wins only two slams, but compiles a win-loss record never matched since, and it's acknowledged as another of the greatest ever seasons. JMac reaches only one more singles slam final.

1988: Mats Wilander (24) wins three of the four slams, snapping Ivan Lendl's three year stranglehold of the #1 ranking. Mats drops out of the top 10 the following year, and the AO semi-final in 1990 is his best subsequent achievement.

2004 / 2006 / 2007: Roger Federer (23) wins three of the four majors in '04, and repeats the feat twice in the next three years. 16 slams in total to date.

2010: Rafa Nadal (24) wins three slams in a row, on three different surfaces. Wins one in 2011.

2011: Novak Djokovic (24) wins three of the four slams, and is virtually unbeatable for the first nine months of the season. In 2012...?

So, Roger Federer is the only player in the Open era to win three majors in a calendar year, and win more than one the following year. Can the Djoker snap this jinx?

Regards,

MDL

1969: Rod Laver (aged 31) does the clean sweep of all four. The proper Grand Slam. Age gets the better of the Aussie veteran, though, and he never wins another major.

1974: Jimmy Connors (22) wins all three of the majors he plays in during one of the most dominant seasons ever. Wins none in '75, and only two more over the next seven years.

1984 [cheat inclusion]: John McEnroe (25) wins only two slams, but compiles a win-loss record never matched since, and it's acknowledged as another of the greatest ever seasons. JMac reaches only one more singles slam final.

1988: Mats Wilander (24) wins three of the four slams, snapping Ivan Lendl's three year stranglehold of the #1 ranking. Mats drops out of the top 10 the following year, and the AO semi-final in 1990 is his best subsequent achievement.

2004 / 2006 / 2007: Roger Federer (23) wins three of the four majors in '04, and repeats the feat twice in the next three years. 16 slams in total to date.

2010: Rafa Nadal (24) wins three slams in a row, on three different surfaces. Wins one in 2011.

2011: Novak Djokovic (24) wins three of the four slams, and is virtually unbeatable for the first nine months of the season. In 2012...?

So, Roger Federer is the only player in the Open era to win three majors in a calendar year, and win more than one the following year. Can the Djoker snap this jinx?

Regards,

MDL