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Is Novak Djokovic's 2010 to 2011 transformation the biggest (late) turnaround in tennis history?

He had an average 2010 season but once 2011 kicked in he started winning everything. Has any other player in history done that? What makes it unique is that he's been on the tour for more than half a decade and he seemingly flipped on this switch; it's not as though he's just a youngster breaking though. Normally, big winning percentage leaps happen early on. Just looking a the biggest winning percentage leaps of some players:

Roger Federer in his 3rd to 4th year from 55% to 70%
Rafael Nadal in his 2nd to 3rd year from 64% to 89%
Andre Agassi in his 2nd to 3rd year from 60% to 85%
Pete Sampras in his 2nd to 3rd year from 49% to 75%

Novak Djokovic in his 6th to 7th year from 77% to an explosive 97%

I can't find winning percentages of other players but has any other player had a big mid-career resurgence that matches that of Novak's?



* Note I didn't count their actual first year on tour because they typically don't play a full season. ie Roger, Rafa and Novak played a total 11 games combined in their first year.
 

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Well, your numbers answer your own question.

Novak was already a Super Saiyan for all these years and now he's a Super Saiyan level 2...

(the pointy hair clearly confirms this)
 

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Rafter? Soderling?
 

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He had a poor Year 2010! 2, 500 titles in 2010! it,s the biggest switch around i,ve ever heard of!
 

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it Depends! Surely the Year he went from world number 78 at the end of the Year to World Number 11 was Much bigger?
 

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He had a poor Year 2010! 2, 500 titles in 2010! it,s the biggest switch around i,ve ever heard of!
Pretty much. To go from winning just 2 mickey mouse titles in 2010 to what he has achieved in 2011 is bizzare.:eek:

Compare JMac's 1983 with his 1984, the transformation was not that humongous.
 

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I don't think it was a drastic change. Yes the first half of 2010 was poor. His major improvement came after losing at the 2010 French and Queen's afterwards. Since then he lost to Berdych (who had just taken out Fed), Federer, Roddick, Nadal, Federer, Federer, Llodra (indoors, Novak's worst surface), Federer, Nadal. So even the second half of 2010 he was already at this level. The only difference being the higher levels of Federer and Nadal.

And let's not forget 2009. After a poor start, he lost only to Roddick, Tsonga, Nadal, Ferrer, Roddick, Murray, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Kohlschreiber, Haas, Haas, Roddick, Federer, Federer, Davydenko, Soderling. Now the Kohlschreiber loss was obviously a fluke. But considering Roddick, Haas and Davydenko are pretty much non-factors this year, and Nadal and Federer have declined considerably, without these losses you are again left with a season that is strikingly similar to 2011.

That is what 2011 is. The Djokovic of old without all the guys that used to be able to beat him.
 

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One explosive year doesn't prove anything. Honestly, Mardy Fish in his first year back from injury felt more like a bigger transformation than this. Nole just went from elite to untouchable. Same as Rafa from May 2008-2009, same as Fed's amazing year in 2006.
 

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I don't think it was a drastic change. Yes the first half of 2010 was poor. His major improvement came after losing at the 2010 French and Queen's afterwards. Since then he lost to Berdych (who had just taken out Fed), Federer, Roddick, Nadal, Federer, Federer, Llodra (indoors, Novak's worst surface), Federer, Nadal. So even the second half of 2010 he was already at this level. The only difference being the higher levels of Federer and Nadal.

And let's not forget 2009. After a poor start, he lost only to Roddick, Tsonga, Nadal, Ferrer, Roddick, Murray, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Kohlschreiber, Haas, Haas, Roddick, Federer, Federer, Davydenko, Soderling. Now the Kohlschreiber loss was obviously a fluke. But considering Roddick, Haas and Davydenko are pretty much non-factors this year, and Nadal and Federer have declined considerably, without these losses you are again left with a season that is strikingly similar to 2011.

That is what 2011 is. The Djokovic of old without all the guys that used to be able to beat him.
Good point, the Nole killers have all declined.
 

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I don't think it was a drastic change. Yes the first half of 2010 was poor. His major improvement came after losing at the 2010 French and Queen's afterwards. Since then he lost to Berdych (who had just taken out Fed), Federer, Roddick, Nadal, Federer, Federer, Llodra (indoors, Novak's worst surface), Federer, Nadal. So even the second half of 2010 he was already at this level. The only difference being the higher levels of Federer and Nadal.

And let's not forget 2009. After a poor start, he lost only to Roddick, Tsonga, Nadal, Ferrer, Roddick, Murray, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Kohlschreiber, Haas, Haas, Roddick, Federer, Federer, Davydenko, Soderling. Now the Kohlschreiber loss was obviously a fluke. But considering Roddick, Haas and Davydenko are pretty much non-factors this year, and Nadal and Federer have declined considerably, without these losses you are again left with a season that is strikingly similar to 2011.

That is what 2011 is. The Djokovic of old without all the guys that used to be able to beat him.
Good point, the Nole killers have all declined.
Errm, of all players, only "Nole killer" who declined is Roddick.

Davydenko was never a killer (beat Nole once in 2009 in Shanghai in a 3rd set tie break), Kohlschreiber was a fluke, Tsonga is actually playing much better this year then in 2009/2010, Ferrer is ranked higher then in 2009/2010 with some good results to his career high #5 ranking and took Nole to 3 sets in Madrid, Murray had better GS year then in both 2009/2010 and Haas could've only beat Nole on grass and that was back in period when Nole was playing his worst (mid 2009 and early 2010).

Get your facts up and give credit to Nole, it's just that he raised his game big time this year. :wavey:
 

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If Roddick could find some form again, he would be the one winning slams.
 
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