For someone like Novak Djokovic beginning his year with an early defeat to Ivo Karlovic in Qatar was unexpected but that is how he begun his 2015 season.
It actually turned out to be the earliest exit to a tournament that year for the Serb who went onto make the final of every event he played which is quite incredible.
31 top 10 wins
The numbers are out of this world.
His first of many titles came in Melbourne, from the last eight onwards he defeated Raonic, Wawrinka and Murray (in the final) winning the first set of all three matches on the tie-break.
Defeat to Federer followed in Dubai as the world number one slipped in the final in two sets but then went onto be the Master in the Masters!
Djokovic won four consecutive finals at Masters 1000 level at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo and Rome. Novak of course didn’t play in Madrid following some drama in 2013 in his second round defeat to Dimitrov with the crowd.
Novak’s biggest shock of the year followed in Paris as he lost to Stan Wawrinka in the final with Stan putting on a hell of a performance to win Roland Garros!
The Serb went onto win in Wimbledon and the US Open but between them lost in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal and Cincinnati to Andy Murray and Roger Federer respectively.
Following his third Grand Slam triumph of the year at Flushing Meadows he endured an excellent time in Beijing and Shanghai winning both events before heading back to Europe.
Paris Masters secured Novak’s sixth Masters title of the year against Andy Murray and then finished with a win in London.
Djokovic lost to Federer in the round-robin at the O2 in his second match losing 5-7 2-6 but went onto defeat the Swiss for his eleventh title of the year winning 6-3 6-4.
There have been many great years in tennis from the best, Nadal in 2013 and Federer in 2006 but this one in 2015 just was on another planet.
Djokovic had a slip up in his first tournament of the year and then went onto make the final of every event he played that year which is simply insane. Every country and continent he made it to the final and won three of the four majors!
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