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OK Nolefans, what do you think? Does Novak deserves the award for worlds best sportsman of the year? Who is his main competition this year. Sebastian Vettel? Leo Messi, Bolt? Both Federer (2005, 06) and Nadal (2010) won some of these awards in their "3 slams" seasons. Surely Novak's 2011 is on par with those, maybe even more dominant. I think it would be very nice and important to see him winning L'Équipe - Champion of Champions award for example. He also has a lot of support for SI award although it often goes to an American athlete (NFL, NHL).




Some of the awards:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Overseas_Sports_Personality_of_the_Year - WON!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laureus_World_Sports_Award_for_Sportsman_of_the_Year - WON!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27%C3%89quipe#Champion_of_Champions - 2nd place
 

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I think Novak definitely deserves to be nominated for Sportsman of the Year, but tennis is a fringe sport, so it's difficult for a tennis player to win. European? Even more difficult. Serbian? Practically impossible.

It doesn't matter. He IS the sportsman of the year. We all know that. What he did this season, is practically unbelievable. If we had posted last year that Nole would win 3 GS, 5 Masters and beat Rafa/Roger 10 times in one season, including 6 finals against Rafa on 3 different surfaces, everybody would hve said that we were delirious, that we had lost out minds. That's how mind-blowing his achievements are. :worship:
 

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Based on this year's results,he should be at least nominated,and maybe win....maybe him winning the WTF will give his chances a boost.:)
 

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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/sportsman/?eref=sinav&sct=hp_nv_a

Posted: Tuesday November 29, 2011 1:09PM ; Updated: Tuesday November 29, 2011 1:09PM

By Jon Wertheim

My Sportsman: Novak Djovokic

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 6. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.

As writers, we aspire to paint pictures with words, to use phrases and images to express the art of sport. But, damn, if there aren't times when a good highlight clip can't help us make our point.
Before sparking up YouTube, here's some context: It's the semifinals of the U.S. Open, the last of the year's Major events, the four tentpoles of the tennis season. Novak Djokovic has been a dominating force in 2011. It's the second weekend in September and he has lost two matches the entire year, on pace to turn in the most dominating men's tennis season in the Open Era. At this juncture, though, he is trailing the great Roger Federer in the fifth set. He is a point from a defeat that would not only bounce him from the tournament, but would sound the death knell on his claim to the greatest season ever. (Winning two Grand Slam titles in one year is nothing to despair; but, heck, as recently as 2010 Rafael Nadal won three.) Oh, we forgot to add this: Federer is serving. So here we go. Federer rocks back, uncoils his frame and.....
See that? Djokovic swung with devil-may-care abandon, absolutely smiting the return, hitting it back with force and accuracy. "I closed my eyes and went for it," he said. Then he turned serious. "You have to take your chances when they're presented." He won the next point. And the game. And the next game. And the two after that. And, moments after he was a point from exiting the tournament, Djokovic charted a courageous escape to win a heart-stopping, breath-taking, mind-bending match 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Making the most of this reprieve, he returned two days later and beat up on Nadal, as he has all year, to win the title, pushing his 2011 record to a then-absurd, 64-2. As Nadal said after that, "When one very good player stays with that confidence and wins matches he [should] win, and wins the matches he could lose, the season is probably impossible to repeat." The Djokovic 2011 World Domination Tour, which included 10 titles, three Grand Slam wins, and a 21-4 record against Top 10 opponents, added to the embarrassment of riches in men's tennis. For all the sport's structural defects and congenital in-fighting, the on-court product has been exceptional. We had Roger Federer, the Greatest Player of All-Time, eclipse the all-time record for Majors, all the while comporting himself with such dignity that his approval ratings rival those of Nelson Mandela.
Then we had Rafael Nadal, who may have lacked Federer's artistry and style but competed as though each loss carried a price in blood -- only to morph back into a decent, courteous, down-to-earth guy once the match ended. And now we have a third guy come along and practically run the table on the entire year, winning matches as if buying bulk at Costco? "Pretty incredible these last few years," says Djokovic, "isn't it?" What's made Djokovic's year particularly incredible -- and made him particularly worthy of being named the 2011 Sportsman of the Year -- is the presence of the other two guys. Djokovic won on every surface, on four different continents. He's won in blowouts; he's won tight matches. But perhaps above all, he's done so with Federer and Nadal as contemporaries. In the past, when players have won relentlessly, the cynical response goes like this: "Yeah, but who's his competition?" In Djokovic's case, you can hardly say that. He was 10-1 in 2011 against two of the best players ever to draw breath. And 60-5 against everyone else. Which bring us back to that screaming forehand return. It's as good a metaphor as any for Djokovic's year. For much of his career, he was the annoying puppy, occasionally biting the ankles of Federer and Nadal. He was consigned to years of being No. 3, face pressed to the glass, a talented player of questionable heart who appeared to have been born at the wrong time. Yet, before the start of 2011 -- galvanized by Serbia's Davis Cup triumph, according to the narrative -- he decided to make his move. He embraced fitness. He disavowed gluten. He tinkered with his equipment. In short, not unlike that defining forehand return, he sized up his career, and went for broke. Eyes wide open, this time, he took his chances and swung away.
The results don't just speak for themselves. They whistle.


Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/magazine/sportsman/10/26/wertheim.djokovic/index.html#ixzz1f9Rnj4CU
Djovokic :facepalm:

Laureus World Sports Awards 2012

FIERCE COMPETITION FOR NOMINATIONS FOR LAUREUS WORLD SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD: DJOKOVIC, MESSI AND VETTEL AMONG FAVOURITES

LONDON, November 30, 2011 – A spectacular year of sport has set up an exciting contest for the 2012 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. Young lions like Novak Djokovic, Lionel Messi and Sebastian Vettel will be competing with a wide-ranging line-up of champions for sport’s most prestigious honour.

The Laureus World Sports Awards is recognised as the premier honours event in the international sporting calendar and the Awards Ceremony provides a high profile focus as stars of the sporting world come together to salute the finest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year. The winners will be unveiled during a globally televised Awards Ceremony in London on Monday, February 6.

Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 89 community sports projects around the world that have helped to improve the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people.

Among the leading contenders for Nomination is Novak Djokovic, who became the dominant player in men’s tennis in 2011, winning three Grand Slam tournaments – the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open – and taking over the world No 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal on July 4. He is the first Serbian to win a Grand Slam singles title and the youngest player, at 24, to have reached the semi-finals of all four Grand Slams in the open era.

http://keirradnedge.com/2011/11/30/laureus-world-sports-awards-2012/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=laureus-world-sports-awards-2012
 

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He deserves all the awards, IMO.
 

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He deserves all the awards, but I don't think he'll get any, sadly. :sad:

I just hope he's getting enough rest and that he'll be 100% fit for the next season.

I'll take a break from the GM section, I'm getting tired of defending Nole against deaf or mentally challenged people! :lol: :lol:

I find their prejudices really unbelievable, and my feeling is that people in charge of the awards may be the same. The Federer product has been pushed for so long that it will be difficult to break old thinking habits.
 

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Good chance for Laureus, but Messi was sensational last season also and Vettel was crushing and dominant so the competition is fierce.
 

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He does, but he won't get them

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People in this thread are being far too righteous about Djokovic. He has been a phenom this year but Messi posted absolutely *amazing* statistics and results last season and Vettel was perhaps slightly less spectacular, but still supreme.

Need to respect that Novak can win one or two of these awards or whatever but that if they go to say for example Messi, one shouldn't be too bothered as he would also be deserving. Personally I would like to see a joint award between those two for Laureus Awards but I guess those sort of things just don't happen.
 

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Here we go! One in the bag. Novak won USSA Sportsman of the year award

DJOKOVIC, TSENG NAMED USSA ATHLETES OF YEAR



The world’s No. 1-ranked men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic, and the world’s No. 1-ranked women’s golfer, Yani Tseng, are the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

These two top-ranked standouts, who dominated their sports during the past season, were chosen by hundreds of thousands of sports fans worldwide in online balloting. It is the 27th consecutive year that the Academy has conducted the Athlete of the Year award in conjunction with USA Today and NBCSports.com.

Djokovic completed one of the best seasons in men’s tennis history by winning 10 titles, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The 24-year-old Serbian also captured a record-breaking five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, and set a record for the most prize money won in a single season on the ATP World Tour, earning $10.6 million.

During 2011, Djokovic registered a remarkable 64-2 match record. He lost only one five-set match, falling to Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals. That loss ended his 41-match winning streak to begin the season, the best start since Ivan Lendl won 29 in a row to start 1986. Djokovic’s first-ever Wimbledon title vaulted him to the No. 1 ranking in the world in July. He followed it with his first U.S. Open victory over Rafael Nadal. Djokovic became only the sixth player in the open era to win three majors in a calendar year.

Tseng, a Taiwanese golfer, also had a history-making season. She claimed her fifth major championship this year at the age of 22, making her the youngest golfer, male or female, to do so. Tseng made history by winning the Women’s British Open. Tseng’s victory in the British Open was her second straight and at the time the victory was her fourth out of the last five women’s major tournaments.

This year, Tseng finished No. 1 in scoring average, driving distance, birdies and rounds under par en route to her second consecutive LPGA Player of the Year award. The world’s No. 1-ranked women’s golfer recorded seven LPGA titles, including two majors, plus won four other international events.

Sports fans from across the world decided who the most outstanding male and female athletes were in 2011 through online voting on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. The ballot included 12 males and 12 females and voting lasted from Thursday, Dec. 1 to Monday, Dec. 19.

The Athlete of the Year ballot is the culmination of the Academy’s yearlong Athlete of the Month program, which recognizes the accomplishments of men and women in sports around the globe. Each month, the public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and ballot voting processes done online. The votes, along with the Academy’s selection committee, choose the male and female winners.

Finishing second in the male Athlete of the Year category was Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. The runner up to Tseng in the Female Athlete of the Year voting was Japanese figure skater Miki Ando.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/45525927/ns/sports-other_sports/

http://ussa.edu/publications/news/2011/12/20/academys-2011-male-and-female-athletes-of-the-year/
 

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I'm very happy with this piece of news. After all the hype about Federer winning the WTF and the exciting of the Davis Cup final, I'm glad people are taking a deep breath and considering the entire 2011 season, Novak has been getting so much recognition. How could he not? :)
 

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present you the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

Sports Personality of the Year 2011: Novak Djokovic wins overseas award



Djokovic named Overseas Personality of the Year

Tennis star Novak Djokovic, who won three of the sport's four Grand Slams in 2011, has been named as BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.

The 24-year-old won his first 41 matches of the year and deposed Spain's Rafael Nadal as world number one.

In addition to winning the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon, the Serb picked up another seven singles titles.

He beat Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi and German Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel to the award.

It is the sixth time in the past 11 years that a tennis player has won the award and the winner was decided by a panel of sports editors from national and regional newspapers and magazines.

Djokovic lost only six of his 76 matches this season - and two of those defeats came after he retired from matches.

His climb to the top of the world rankings, ending a period of more than seven years when the position had been held by either Nadal or Roger Federer.

Djokovic began the year at a canter, securing straight-sets victories over Federer and British number one Andy Murray in the semi-finals and final of the Australian Open in January.

It was the second Grand Slam triumph of the Belgrade native's career following victory in the same event in 2008.

Djokovic then beat Nadal twice en route to titles at Indian Wells and Miami and continued his dominance on the Spaniard's preferred clay surface with wins in Rome and Madrid.

A run of victories that stretched back to Serbia's win in the Davis Cup in December 2010 was finally ended by Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the French Open.

RECENT OVERSEAS SPORTS PERSONALITY WINNERS
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2010 Rafael Nadal (Tennis)
2009 Usain Bolt (Athletics)
2008 Usain Bolt
2007 Roger Federer (Tennis)
2006 Roger Federer
2005 Shane Warne (Cricket)
2004 Roger Federer
2003 Lance Armstrong (Cycling)
2002 Ronaldo (Football)
2001 Goran Ivanisevic (Tennis)

But Djokovic's 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 victory over defending champion Nadal at Wimbledon in July ensured he climbed to the top of the world rankings for the first time.

A shoulder injury forced him to withdraw while trailing Murray in the final at Cincinnati but Djokovic retained enough form and fitness to claim the US Open at Flushing Meadows in September.

After twice saving match point against Federer in the semi-finals, the right-hander beat Nadal for the sixth time in 2011 to clinch the title 6-2 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-1.

With his shoulder complaint becoming more persistent, Djokovic's year came to an underwhelming end with a surprise defeat by Japanese world number Kei Nishikori in Basle and an exit from the group stages of the World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/sports_personality/16031387.stm
 
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