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Athlete Of Year? Could Be Tennis' Novak Djokovic

August 21st 2011 19:33
Move over Rafael Nadal, slide over a bit Roger Federer.

There's a new king of tennis and his name is Novak Djokovic.

Novak No. 1
Novak Djokovic

OK, not that new as he has been the top-ranked player in the world for some time now.

But as September approaches it's time to start thinking who should grace magazine covers as athlete of the year ... in any sport.

Hands down, and barring a total collapse, which doesn't seem possible at this "point", to use a tennis term, it's should be Novak Djokovic.

In this day and age, it's simply remarkable for someone to go 57-2 in ANY sport, let alone tennis, one of the few sports that counts on just an individual for success or failure.

Djokovic has captured the Australian, French and Wimbledon crowns and has won 10 ATP Masters titles, including a record five this season alone.

What Djokovic has accomplished is remarkable for a single "season", kind of akin to the Detroit Tigers World Series team in 1984 or the Chicago Bulls of 1995-96 or the New York Yankees of ... OK, you get the drift.

Yes, I am aware he dropped out of Sunday's match due to a sore shoulder and lost the championship of the Western & Southern Open to Andy Murray (his other setback coming to Roger Federer at Roland Garros).

But if he can come back in about a week and make a strong run at the U.S. Open title then Djokovic deserves strong consideration for athlete of the year honors.

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