Originally Posted by Ash86
Yes but compare it to Nadal last year - RG champ, Monte Carlo Masters, Finals of Wimbledon, US Open, IW, Miami, Rome, Madrid - quite similar - Novak won 1 more Masters. Nadal's year was seen to be a real disappointment even though he made 7 finals in a row at one point...
As I said I think as Novak lost to all of the rest of the big 4 in big matches - in fact at each slam that they won they went through Novak - his year doesn't feel as gutting as Nadal's did where he beat everyone else, including Federer and Murray, but just kept losing to Djokovic. As I said, to me it's a great year. But I wondered what the true expectations of many fans were and if Novak not achieving either of his two big goals - gold medal and RG - was still a dampener.
I'm not sure him getting to RG this year should be touted that much given his struggles with clay giants like Seppi and Tsonga. Was an odd RG in that regard - Novak just didn't hit top gear all of clay season. Expect him to be better next year - no way should he struggle against Tsonga on that surface.
I agree with Seppi and Tsonga, Novak dropped the ball there. He lost his focus...But he came back and won both of those matches...
But do you remember his matches against Federer in Rome and Roland Garros? Great stuff. Especially the Roland Garros one. It was a great win, both mentally and tennis-wise.
Obviously we Nole fans expected more of Nole this year... impossible not to...but it was unrealistic. How can anybody be unhappy when our man has, so far, performed better than everybody else this year as well?