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Unbeaten 41 times in a row in tennis. Meet Novak Djokovic.

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Despite his loss to Roger Federer in that epic French Open semifinal the other day, Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly the hottest player in professional tennis.

In 2011 the Serb stretched his unbeaten run to 43 matches, and has beaten Rafael Nadal, the world No1, four straight times, including twice on clay, and won the Australian Open.

For those reasons he should be saluted as a champion.

He reminds me very much of Ivan Lendl – an eastern European with a big serve and thumping, rather flat, groundstrokes. Neither was a natural volleyer, though both strove to overcome that weakness and both worked increasingly hard on their speed and stamina.

Incidentally, both had clouds over their temperament early in their careers. Lendl was beaten by Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors in some of his big early matches and critics suggested he lacked fight.

Djokovic retired because of illness or injury in some matches and had similar accusations made about him.

Lendl eventually become one of the game's legends, winner of eight grand slam titles. I'm picking Djokovic will compile a similar record.

What I have got sick of was all the talk of Djokovic's record unbeaten streak for the start of a calendar year. When Federer beat him, Djokovic had won 41 in a row in 2011 and, we were repeatedly told, the "record" was held by McEnroe, who started 1984 with 42 consecutive wins.

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Added: Jun-18-2011 Occurred On: Jun-18-2011
By: SerbianFromSlovenia
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