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2011 Australian Open champion.
2011 Dubai champion.
2011 Indian Wells champion.

2012 Australian Open champion.
2012 Dubai semi-finalist.
2012 Indian Wells semi-finalist.
 

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Jiri's been retired for 2 years, and lives in Monte Carlo, so his 2011 was probably spent in the casinos. Whether he made more money at this point last year than Djokovic has at this point this, is another matter altogether.
 

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losing in teh semis of indian wella and dubai instead of winning them
 

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I have extreme doubts over the OP's place within these walls.

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The only difference what I can think about is a psychological one. In 2011 he had nothing to lose. Now he has to defend the number one position at the rankings. The pressure on him is now larger.
Apart of that there are no real differences. At this moment his form is not yet as good as in 2011. But, all the shots that he had in 2011 he potentially still has. And with an age of 25 he is potentially at the peak of his career. It is probably just a matter of time till he plays his best tennis again.
 

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The only difference what I can think about is a psychological one. In 2011 he had nothing to lose. Now he has to defend the number one position at the rankings. The pressure on him is now larger.
Apart of that there are no real differences. At this moment his form is not yet as good as in 2011. But, all the shots that he had in 2011 he potentially still has. And with an age of 25 he is potentially at the peak of his career. It is probably just a matter of time till he plays his best tennis again.
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Making more unexpected UE's than usual, which is evidence of the aura fading away.
 

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honest to God, there are too many retards on this board. what do you want? do you expect Djokovic to win every match 6:0, 6:0 ... he is winning where it really matters. He is holding W, AO, the USO... who gives a sh!t about Dubai and IW. he got to semis there, good enough. gee

and all of this sh!t about losing 'aura'. are you guys really serious? he was on 60 minutes show last night. he was on Conan and Leno show... he is the hottest thing right now. he is #1 ...deal with it
 

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His performance at RG will be a good indicator of where his form is at.
 

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honest to God, there are too many retards on this board. what do you want? do you expect Djokovic to win every match 6:0, 6:0 ... he is winning where it really matters. He is holding W, AO, the USO... who gives a sh!t about Dubai and IW. he got to semis there, good enough. gee

and all of this sh!t about losing 'aura'. are you guys really serious? he was on 60 minutes show last night. he was on Conan and Leno show... he is the hottest thing right now. he is #1 ...
Alex, I more or less agree if he handles the losses without too much drop in confidence, and without going too many matches without a win. But as we saw last year, and I believe as Mr. Djokovic has often said himself, he is a big "confidence" player. When he was winning match after match, and tournament after tournament, he clearly fed off of that confidence, aura, whatever one chooses to call it. And it carried him through a great portion of the year, to #1, and yes, even had to help him in the Australian Open this year.

I don't think he can continue to lose too many of the non-major tournaments and still go into majors with high confidence. Australia, yeah, sure, it's been his best major. But the others? Masters events are important in that he is generally going to be forced to face the hot and top players of the moment, and even lesser events keep the confidence up.

I don't think it is a good strategy by a player to only or overly place importance on majors. One can still play well at majors, but if one gets a bit unlucky at a couple, or more majors, one may soon face a problem where one is not winning anything. I think we saw that with Federer over the last couple of years (if not longer), and we've been seeing it with Nadal since the Roland Garros last year. I think one still has to work hard at winning lesser tournaments that favor one's style of play. I think Mr. Federer has taken that tack since the US Open last year, and though it did not benefit him in Australia, I think if he can keep it up, it will benefit him in majors that are more conducive to him relative to the other top players.

It would be just right for Mr. Djokovic's confidence to defend and win Miami, for example.
Then, I think it's important that Djokovic defends or wins at least 1 clay masters event, prior to Roland Garros. If he defends/wins 3 or 4 title here and there, and can take 1 more major this year I think he will hold onto #1, otherwise it will be difficult, especially if Nadal gets hot, or Federer continues his consistent good play of late. And of course, these are not the only players on the block. There's always a chance that someone else can play spoiler or get into the mix. At any rate, it should be a very interesting next few months. :)

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Being given an airplane is a good thing...but it's also a distraction...that shows on the court...he was lucky to defend AO...but I was pleased with that..
 
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