A few things jumped out at me as his 2016 Wimbledon run came to a shocking end in the round of 32.
- Djokovic has more Wimbledon titles than Stefan Edberg, Jimmy Connors, and Rafael Nadal.
- Jim Courier was the last man won the first two legs of the calendar slam. Courier’s run came in an olympic year as well. Courier had won 4 straight titles, including Roland Garros and Rome, entering Wimbledon prior to falling in the 2nd round.
- The two tiebreak sets decided the match.
- Querrey’s serve, hooking forehand, and mixing his two-hander & floating one-handed slice all helped Sam spring the upset.
Not for the first time today, the world No.1 has dropped the opening set…
Sam Querrey leads Novak Djokovic 7-6(6) pic.twitter.com/Bdnd4Cj6kA
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Novak Djokovic winning 4 consecutive men’s Grand Slam titles generated an event that may not happen again in my lifetime. In 1969, Rod Laver won 4 consecutive majors with three of the four majors being played on grass. From Wimbledon 2015-Roland Garros 2016, Novak Djokovic won all 4 majors while playing on 3 different surfaces.
On the women’s tour, Martina Navratilova won 6 consecutive majors to achieve this feat 3 times! Steffi Graf reigned at all 4 majors by winning the slam in 1988 as well as when she claimed the 1989 Australian Open title. Serena Williams has also twice held all four majors. It is a rare and awesome accomplishment for a female player to hold all four majors, but in my 40 years on this planet it has happened 7 times.
In men’s tennis it has happened once in my lifetime. I’d love to see it happen again, but if it doesn’t I am glad to have seen it once. Hats off to Novak Djokovic.