Is Djokovic a one-slam wonder?

Is Djokovic a one-slam wonder?


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King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Honestly, anyone who saw Djokovic play even once and thought he'd be a one-slam wonder is either insanely pessimistic or can't recognize extraordinary talent for what it is.
As soon as I saw that skinny Serbian kid with his cocky, self-assured swagger and ninja athleticism, I knew I was witnessing tennis's next superstar. 17 Slams is above and beyond anything I could've imagined, though.

How lucky we are to be tennis fans in the era of Superman himself
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
Incredible! 80 people voted Djokovic to be a one-slam-wonder! At the time of writing this OP, Djokovic was a solid world No3, won the last edition of the WTF, made finals in Miami and MC...and he was barely 21!!! I thought this place is full of experts. I don't think anyone would have betted on him winning 17+ slams at the time, but still, any tennis analyst could have seen 'this kid' is going to win a few slams.
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Incredible! 80 people voted Djokovic to be a one-slam-wonder! At the time of writing this OP, Djokovic was a solid world No3, won the last edition of the WTF, made finals in Miami and MC...and he was barely 21!!! I thought this place is full of experts. I don't think anyone would have betted on him winning 17+ slams at the time, but still, any tennis analyst could have seen 'this kid' is going to win a few slams.
To be fair, I voted when he already won lime 15
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
Incredible! 80 people voted Djokovic to be a one-slam-wonder! At the time of writing this OP, Djokovic was a solid world No3, won the last edition of the WTF, made finals in Miami and MC...and he was barely 21!!! I thought this place is full of experts. I don't think anyone would have betted on him winning 17+ slams at the time, but still, any tennis analyst could have seen 'this kid' is going to win a few slams.
Eh, same thing with Zverev. He won the WTF, actually won Masters titles, and was in the Top 5. Only difference was Zverev hadn’t and still hasn’t won a slam.
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
Eh, same thing with Zverev. He won the WTF, actually won Masters titles, and was in the Top 5. Only difference was Zverev hadn’t and still hasn’t won a slam.
I see potential in Zverev, he's good....but sorry to say, he is not as good as Djokovic was in 2008/09.
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
I see potential in Zverev, he's good....but sorry to say, he is not as good as Djokovic was in 2008/09.
I mean duh, Djokovic from 07 on was making consistent slam semifinals and finals and could beat Federer and Nadal consistently. Plus he was the genuine third best player in the world during that time (maybe Murray was around his level though). The closest comparison nowadays would be Thiem, who’s like 4-5 years older, still hasn’t won a slam (or a masters on his preferred surface), but can atleast beat the big 3 at the big stages.
 

Gazelle

Legend
So apparently in early 2009, both Fed and Djokovic were considered finished, Nadal wouldn't last long either due to his playing style, and Murray was going to win them all.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Incredible! 80 people voted Djokovic to be a one-slam-wonder!
Once again, hindsight is 20/20. Imagine if Felix wins 25 slams in his career. Someone posts a poll here tomorrow, "how many slams will FAA win?" and you have 80 people saying "one." It doesn't make them idiots, they're making the prudent prediction. The idiotic prediction would be to say "25."

Nobody was predicting 17 slams for Djokovic in 2007, 2008, 2009 or in any of those early years. Who was predicting 20 slams for Roger in 2000?
 

Winners or Errors

Hall of Fame
Well, hindsight is 20/20. In 2009, the only slam record Djoker was going for was most retirements. Having straightened out his health issues, it is unsurprising that he went on a tear. The guy is just too clean a ball-striker and too good a mover to be held down once he figured out his problems.
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
Once again, hindsight is 20/20. Imagine if Felix wins 25 slams in his career. Someone posts a poll here tomorrow, "how many slams will FAA win?" and you have 80 people saying "one." It doesn't make them idiots, they're making the prudent prediction. The idiotic prediction would be to say "25."

Nobody was predicting 17 slams for Djokovic in 2007, 2008, 2009 or in any of those early years. Who was predicting 20 slams for Roger in 2000?
It’s more like if say FAA in the next year or two plays as good as Djoko did in 2007/08, winning a slam, WTF and multiple Masters beating Nadal and Djokovic in the process (albeit they are well past their prime), and is a consistent top 3 in those 1.5 to 2 years...then 6 months later at still only 21 years of age, people on here are voting him to be a one-slam-wonder.
 
Once again, hindsight is 20/20. Imagine if Felix wins 25 slams in his career. Someone posts a poll here tomorrow, "how many slams will FAA win?" and you have 80 people saying "one." It doesn't make them idiots, they're making the prudent prediction. The idiotic prediction would be to say "25."

Nobody was predicting 17 slams for Djokovic in 2007, 2008, 2009 or in any of those early years. Who was predicting 20 slams for Roger in 2000?
Djokovic declined significantly in 2009 and then even more probably in 2010, after his break out 2007, and very good 2008 which he missed ending at #2 by 1 match and won Australia and YEC. That is not the norm for a young rising player at all. There was real reason to wonder if he might wind up a dissapointing 1 slam wonder, and anything more than 4 or 5 slams seems super unlikely at that point. Anyone who followed the game closely at the time and has a good memory knows all that.

It is a very good example how incredibly difficult it is to predict the future in tennis. That is the one good reminder to come from this thread and poll.
 

TheNachoMan

Hall of Fame
He could be. I expect Murray to have a much more successful career than Djoker. Murray isnt the headcase is and judging by Murray's performance at Monte Carlo he is developing a nice clay game for himself. Dont be surprised if Murray becomes a big time threat on every surface in a few years.

Djoker is a big headcase and his breathing issues dont help matters. The AO may be the only one gets in his career
Back when Muzza was projected to do better than Novak. Now he’s 14 majors ahead o_O
 
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