Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic will struggle to repeat his achievements this year after a truly outstanding season.
The Serbian completed the year in fine fashion on Monday night after beating Nadal in the final of the US Open at Flushing Meadows, New York. The title was Djokovic's third Grand Slam of the season after previously winning both the Australian Open and Wimbledon to take his tally in the Majors to four.
For a number of years, Djokovic has been seen as the nearly man of tennis, trailing Nadal and Roger Federer in the rankings with many saying he previously didn't have the mental toughness to be the world's top players. Those looking at the tennis betting
will know how wrong that view was.
However, this all changed after the 24-year-old carried his country to the 2010 Davis Cup title and since then he has gone on to win 64 matches out of 66 in 2011, a run which has seen him rise to the top of the world rankings above both Nadal and Federer.
The latest result means Djokovic has beaten the Spaniard in six finals this year but Nadal says it will be almost impossible for the Serb to continue his form next year after an almost perfect season. The mobile betting
suggests otherwise though.
Nadal said: "Obviously I'm disappointed but this guy is doing unbelievable things so congratulations Novak and your team for everything. What you did this year is probably impossible to repeat."
Djokovic's latest win means he becomes only the sixth man in the open era to hold three of the four major titles in the same year. However, despite his supreme campaign, he remains modest and says he still has the utmost respect for his rivals.
The 24-year-old from Belgrade said: "I've had an amazing year and it keeps going but every time I play Rafa it's a big challenge."