Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams Reign Despite Sudden Impact Shocks
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams celebrated seasons of epic proportions, claiming six of eight Grand Slam titles in a march to greatness dented only by two players producing once-in-a-lifetime performances.
Djokovic ended 2015 with 11 titles, 82 wins and just six defeats in a haul which included three of the four majors — the Australian and US Opens and Wimbledon.
His on-court earnings of $21 million swelled his career total to a mind-boggling $94 million while the 28-year-old Serb now has 10 Grand Slam titles amongst his 59 career trophies.
Djokovic won six of the nine Masters and topped it off with a fourth successive end-of-season World Tour Finals triumph in London.
“I’m very proud to have these achievements with my team,” said Djokovic. “It’s been a long season, but the best of my life.”
Djokovic reached the final of every tournament he played with the exception of his 2015 bow in Doha where Ivo Karlovic stunned him in the quarter-finals.
From then on it was one-way traffic — indoors, outdoors, hardcourt, clay and grass — the Australian Open, Masters in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome and then Wimbledon, US Open, Beijing, the Shanghai and Paris Masters and London.
Williams was still the standout player of 2015, winning five titles in all, including the Australian and French Opens and Wimbledon.
Her record read 53 wins against just three losses and she finished as the year-end world number one for a fifth time and third consecutive season.