So that’s it. We all knew that one of the record holders had to lose in the finale and that one would crown himself the winner of the Mutua Madrid Open 2011. Rafael Nadal has 37 matches unbeaten on clay and hasn’t lost since 2009 before facing unbeatable Novak Djokovic who now holds 32 victories in a row. Djokovic surpassed Bjorn Borg’s 1980 record of 31-0. Only John McEnroe’s record of 42-0 remains.
The biggest surprise is that Djokovic defeated Nadal in straight sets, 7-5 6-4.
“Probably it’s right at the top,” Djokovic said about beating Nadal on clay on Spanish soil. “Under the circumstances I was playing an unbelievable match. … I stepped onto the court today believing I could win. I needed to be aggressive and it was a great match.”
You have to love Nadal for being such a big sportsman.
“I came up against a great player obviously—he’s having a monster year,” Nadal said. “He was better, you have to accept that.”
It’s Djokovic first win on clay versus Nadal and earlier this year Djokovic defeated Nadal at the Sony Ericsson Open and Indian Wells tournament.
As for reaching the number one position Djokovic said the following:
“If I want to reach No. 1 I will have to play consistently well because that’s what Rafa and the other players will do,” he said. “Probably because of my winning streak and being in the shape of a lifetime—I’m playing the best tennis of my career—I’m probably one of the favorites (at Roland Garros).”
It’s obvious that Djokovic amazing run is closely watched by fans and pundits. And some fans are even wondering when Djokovic streak will end.It has to end some day but let’s enjoy it while we can. It’s a great era for tennis anyway with Federer holding 16 majors, Rafael Nadal possibly breaking that record sometimes soon and now Novak Djokovic winning everything there is to win so far in 2011.
For now enjoy the Ralf Reinecke photos of the Madrid finals!