At this rate there will soon be a recurring question in the tennis world about how good Novak Djokovic’s supreme dominance really is for the game.
The world number one is currently the holder of three out of the four Grand Slams and has won six of the last nine masters 1000 events. He claimed his 27th masters title, the record number alongside Rafeal Nadal, with a convincing 6-2 6-0 victory over Canadian Milios Raonic at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California.
There is no question that what the Serb is doing in the modern game is quite simply remarkable. He has single handily dethroned the legendary figures of Nadal and Roger Federer, while keeping the young, up and coming talent at a measurable arm’s length.
Astoundingly Djokovic has redefined the laws of the game with his movement, diet and all round lack of flaws, all of which have seen him rule the game in the past year or so.
On the flip side to the query above, many will argue that fans should embrace and admire the aptitude and tenacity that Djokovic possess and has used to raise his profile within the game.
However there is the argument that the longer the Serbs reigns, the more predictable the game will became and the sport could suffer through a lack of rivalries and competition at the very top.
Djokovic himself will have little concerns about that. In his defence he has been a great ambassador and role model, in a sport which has suffered some dark days in the past few months. When you look at it like that we should be celebrating that he could be on route to rewriting the history books. Yet for the majority would just be nice to see a more regular challenger to Djokovic’s brilliance.
Many great players are trying. It is well documented the amount of intense training sessions Andy Murray has been through to try and overthrow his Serbian nemesis. Yet the world number two has just over half the points that Djokovic has in the ATP world rankings.
Nadal pushed the Serb in the first set of their semi-final meeting on Saturday, but now has a negative head to head record against Djokovic for the first time in his career. Then there is the 17-time major winner Roger Federer, who will return to the tour in Miami next week. Yet even the Swiss maestro has lost to Djokovic in their last four Grand Slam meetings.
Below the so called ‘big four’ there are others working just as hard to try and catch Djokovic, Raonic being one.
The giant Canadian has the biggest serve in the game right now, yet he claimed just two games against the extraordinary Serb who won his fifth title at the Indian Wells event, his third in a row.
Raonic outplayed in the final
Raonic took an injury time out after the first set and it is unclear how much that hindered the 25-year-old who beat the likes of Tomas Berdych and David Goffin to reach his third final at a masters 1000 event.
However in the final it was one way traffic, as Djokovic drew level with Nadal’s record of 27 masters titles. You wouldn’t put it past him to make it 28 in Miami in a fortnight’s time.
It was tough for Raonic from the off, as he lost his serve in the second game of the match and never looked like recovering.
There was no let up from the world number one as he blunted the Canadian’s power and set about dismantling his colossal serve, which has demolished many opponents in the past week.
Djokovic continued to apply pressure in Raonic’s service games and by the end of the match he had won six out of 11 break points without facing one himself.
In the end the match was over in an hour and 17 minutes. Djokovic will already have his sights set on the tournament in Miami which starts on Wednesday.