Wimbledon 2016: Djokovic’s Historic Run Comes to an End

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.

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.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Mike Swanquis says:

    Never been a huge fan of Sammy Q (no, I don’t believe anyone actually calls him that)’s game, but he seems like a good guy and I’m glad he was able to recover from that restart (after what was likely a sleepless night) and finish the historic upset.

    Anyone’s tournament now!

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