Originally Posted by veroniquem
It's not about winning % or # of matches won. Those are good indicators of consistency, not brilliance. It's about titles won, big ones. It's about winning 2 slams + 3 masters on hard court (including the double IW/Miami) AND winning the slam on grass AND winning 2 masters on clay. It's about making only finals except for 1 semi between AO and USO. That's what it's about and that's why Djoko's stretch was particularly remarkable. Of course other players have had remarkable stretches for other reasons but Djoko's is definitely up there.
I agree. He pretty much shut down after the US Open.
Through the US Open, he was 66-2, losing to Federer in the Roland Garros SF's and Murray in the Cincy finals.
In that span he won 3 of 4 slams making all 4 SF's. He made the finals of all 6 Masters 1000 tournaments he entered, winning 5 of them. This included beating Nadal in six consecutive finals on three different surfaces(3 on hard, 2 on clay and one on grass). And, to boot, he beat Federer in the Dubai final and won a 250 clay court tournament in Belgrade. He made won 10 of 12 tournaments, made the finals in 11 and the SF's in all 12.
After the US Open, he played in 3 tournaments and finished 6-4, including a 1-2 finish in the WTF's with RR losses to Ferrer and Tipsarevic.
The reason his season is viewed in such high regard is because the level of play he maintained for 9 months was insane.
FYI: I included walkover wins in Djokovic's record, which gives him a couple more than his official total.