As if a third major title of the season at the U.S. Open weren’t enough, Novak Djokovic has been on a tear since claiming his 10th major title.
After making his seemingly-annual sweep of Asia with a Beijing title (a 500 event) over Rafael Nadal and lifting the trophy at the Masters 1000 event in Shanghai after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Djokovic remained perfect this fall by cruising past Andy Murray to the tune of 6-2, 6-4 in Paris-Bercy. In a rivalry that once stood narrowly 8-7 for Djokovic after Murray’s victory in the 2012 U.S. Open final, Djokovic has now won 10 of their 11 meetings since the 2013 Wimbledon final won by Murray.
Per the usual, Murray made more than a few sublime shots and competed well against the World No. 1, but as has also been usual for the last two years, he came up short. Murray was under siege in practically every one of his own service games, getting broken in his second turn each set. In the first set, Djokovic added an insurance break, while in the second, Murray immediately broke back, even threatening to go a break up. Instead, Djokovic steadied to hold, broke Murray the next game for 4-3, and held serve twice to close out the match.
With his sixth Masters title of 2015 (the others came at Indian Wells and Miami in the spring, along with Monte Carlo and Rome during the clay season), Djokovic reclaims sole possession of the record he set in 2011, as Nadal matched Djokovic’s 2011 season with five of his own in 2013.
Djokovic is making so much history that it needs a second paragraph: he is now just the fourth player to threepeat at any one Masters 1000, joining Andre Agassi (Miami), Roger Federer (Indian Wells) and Nadal (Monte Carlo and Rome). In 2016, he can join Nadal as the only players to threepeat at multiple Masters 1000s by winning Indian Wells, Miami or Rome, and should he win Paris-Bercy next year, he’ll join Nadal as the only players to fourpeat at one of the nine such events (the Spaniard won eight straight in Monte Carlo from 2005-2012).
Besides the Davis Cup final that will feature Andy Murray and Great Britain taking on Belgium, there’s only one event left in the season, which will see Djokovic attempt to put a bow on his historic year at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. He is the three-time defending champion there, though the only other time he won multiple Grand Slams in a season (2011), he did not make it out of the round robin stage. Should Djokovic be victorious again, he’ll join Federer and Pete Sampras as the lone players in the last 25 years to win multiple majors and the World Tour Finals in the same season.