Novak Djokovic will be defending his Australian Open title when the competition gets underway at Melbourne Park on January 16th, but can the Serbian even possibly go close to the feats he achieved during an incredible 2011 season?
The world number one won 10 international titles, including three Grand Slam crowns – the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open - and a record five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles throughout the season.
His impressive feat included a huge unbeaten streak from the start of the season as he became the only the sixth player to win three majors in one year, and this all helped him rise to the top of the world rankings. Those looking at the tennis betting
should remember this.
In total, Djokovic took home a record prize money haul of $12,619,803 for the year and he will be looking at repeating a similar level of success next year.
The first port of call will be defending his Australian Open crown but Djokovic reckons all his success is a mental thing, and his game has remained the same for years – which means if he gets his head in the right place he could well be primed for more Grand Slam success.
Djokovic claims he improved "by a very small percentage" in his illustrious 2011 season and could be going into the new season with the same mental focus for success. Anyone following the Australian Open betting
should bear this in mind.
"It's the same game I've had the last couple of years; it's my mental approach on the court that's changed," said the Serb.
"That was the difference. I stepped it up. I matured and said, "It's my time. I can do it. I can win major titles." I think luck falls on not just the brave but also the ones who believe they belong there."
Djokovic recently said on top of winning Grand Slams, his other focus for 2012 was winning a medal at the London Olympics, which take place on the famous Wimbledon courts during July and August.