Once upon a time, several kingdoms would battle every year for possession of the four jewels. It was said that one who holds all four jewels together, shall rule them all. Mighty kings and ferocious princes fought and won, but none could win them all. The Serbian King was one such king who had dreamt to be the Supreme Power. He was familiar with the power of all the jewels but one. La boule rouge de feu. The Serbian king had mounted numerous attacks for the Parisian jewel but in vain. The jewel had been in the custody of the Spanish for most of the past decade. But finally, one fine day, when there was no Spanish to defend the jewel nor a Swiss to take it away, the King finally got his hands on the missing stone and declared the world to be his kingdom.
The story is set in 2016 and the narrator is in awe of what he has witnessed. By winning the French Open this year, Novak Djokovic has become the first man since 1969 (Rod Laver) to hold all four Grand Slams. Roger Federer had gotten really close to this feat in 2006 and 2007. He had won three Grand Slams on a trot both years only to falter at the French Open. Credits: Rafael Nadal.
Rafans wanted anyone but Djokovic to win this year’s French Open. They are probably furious with Andy Murray for not going all the way through after winning the first set. But blaming Andy for his loss is like accusing a racket or a tennis ball for a player’s loss. Andy did everything in his power, just that Djokovic was on a mission that he couldn’t fail. Not again.
After 2011 and 2015, Djokovic’s 2016 could still be his best season. He seems invincible at the moment and every player on the tour has a big question mark on his face when it comes to answering to Djokovic’s questions. Djokovic has reached the finals of the last 6 Grand Slams, winning 5 of them and he is the favourite to win the remaining two this year. To add to the celebrations, this year happens to be the Olympic year and Djokovic would want to grab the elusive Gold medal while he is at it. The idea of Djokovic completing a Golden Calendar Slam shakes me to the core but he is the only one who can do it. We just hope he does not let us down as Serena did.
Djokovic became the first person to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals when he reached the quarter finals of the French Open. What this means is that Djokovic already has enough points in his kitty to finish among the Top 8 players in the world, and we are just halfway through the season. God save ATP!
Novak Djokovic has found the best time to peak and take his game to the next level. With Federer and Nadal out due to injuries, a clueless next generation and a helpless Andy, there is nobody who can offer resistance to this man’s acceleration. The Indians have rephrased the saying to, “Djo jeeta wohi sikander”.