2015 – The year of the Djok

Novak Djokovic is the best player in the world of tennis right now, that much is undisputed. The Serbian is a supreme talent and one who is only going to get better next season. In fact, with the way things are going in the tennis world right now, he could very well pull off the Grand Slam next season.

Djokovic is already the overwhelming favourite to win a fifth Australian Open title. Although nothing is guaranteed in tennis it seems highly illogical that Novak won’t win in Melbourne. There is no player better on the hard courts than the Serbian. Nobody can cope with his power and pace, whilst his dominant play from the baseline makes him nearly impossible to beat. Expect Djokovic to prevail in the first Grand Slam of the season.

The French Open is going to be his sternest test. Victory here solely depends on whether Rafael Nadal makes it to Roland Garros. Right now the Spaniard is undergoing stem cell treatment, to help cure his troublesome back. He has also had problems with his wrist and appendicitis this year. Nadal is the greatest clay court player in the history of the game, but if his recovery stalls and his back flares up again then he may not be able to make it Paris, or he’ll arrive in ill health. If either of these occurs then Djokovic will be extremely well placed to claim his first ever French Open title.

As the defending Wimbledon champions Djokovic is not going to go down easy. Nadal has struggled on grass in recent years, just ask Nick Kyrgios. While Roger Federer can still make it to the final he no longer has the legs to better Djokovic on the fast paced grass courts. The only player who can thwart Djokovic at Wimbledon will be Andy Murray. The Scot has been hampered by injury in 2014 but is slowly getting his game back. If he can stay injury free then he will be targeting a second Wimbledon success, and the baying home crowd may be enough to carry him to it. Only Murray can stop Djokovic in England, and should you wish to back the Scot, he is listed at at an outsider’s price of 7/1 to win the Open.

That leaves the US Open. Again it is a hard court so the pace will suit Djokovic brilliantly, and it will certainly be his to lose.

Federer will once again wane this season, while Nadal’s proneness to injury could prove to be a major stumbling block. Only Murray has the legs and the clean bill of health to trouble Novak Djokovic next season, but if he doesn’t make it to the final, and it is Djokovic against any player not part of the “Big 4”, it seems utopian to think that he won’t win.

It is a hell of a prediction to make, but let’s make it. Next year Djokovic will complete a Grand Slam.

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