Novak Djokovic has had one of the most up and down years of his career to date, but Tim Henman believes the world No 1 remains the man to beat heading into the ATP Finals. The Serbian started 2020 in excellent fashion after winning the Australian Open to clinch his 17th Grand Slam.
At the time, it was hard to see past anyone stopping Djokovic as he went on to win the Dubai Tennis Championship before the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to the season for a few months.
Upon its return, he beat Milos Raonic to win in Cincinnati, taking his unbeaten record to 18 matches.
Three more would follow at the US Open, before it all came crashing down in spectacular fashion in the fourth round after being disqualified for hitting a line judge accidentally in his match against Pablo Carreño Busta.
He bounced back in Rome to win the Italian Open, but was unable to overcome Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros before suffering a surprise loss to Lorenzo Sonego in Vienna last month.
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In between all of that, Djokovic hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic after he held two exhibition tours in Serbia and Croatia which saw a number of players test positive for COVID-19, including the Serbian himself.
Still, Djokovic will be looking to end the year how he started it by doing what he does best – winning big tournaments.
And Henman believes the 33-year-old has the drive and experience to put what has been a “nightmare” of a year behind him in London this upcoming week.
“Djokovic’s year has been eventful hasn’t it?” Henman told Express Sport.
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“He played amazingly well to win another slam in Australia and then we went into lockdown where he was unbeaten for such a long period of time and won that Cincinnati event.
“Then kind of disaster struck in the US Open to get disqualified. That was a big shock to everyone.
“He had the challenges of his exhibition tour that I believe he set out with all the best intentions but that ended up being another nightmare for him.
“He played exceptionally well at the French but just got outplayed by the best clay court player in the history of our sport.
“Finishing No 1, equalling Sampras’ six-time record. It’s still a very good year and I think they’ll all want to finish it off with a bang at the World Tour Finals.”
Henman added: “He’s just massively driven.
“He talks about these records that he wants to break and whether that’s the most weeks at No 1 or the most Grand Slam titles – certainly in the men’s game – he wants to be remembered as the best.
“That’s what will make it fascinating to watch, not just over the World Tour Finals, but probably over the next, three, four maybe even five years depending on how his body and mind hold up.”
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