Two Matches Novak Djokovic Craves to Win

SubbaramanContributor IIIMay 14, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21:  (L-R) Fernando Verdasco of Spain, Jurgen Melzer of Austria, Carlos Moya of Spain, Rafael Nadal of Spain,  Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Siberia attend a ceremony for Carlos Moya's retirement during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 21, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic would hope that notwithstanding his recent losses and his imperfect record in relation to his 2011 performance at this time last year, he can win two matches that could take him to another level of greatness.

That would be beating Rafa Nadal at the Roland Garros Final and Roger Federer at the Wimbledon Final.

Only Nadal has beaten Federer in the Wimbledon Final and that was just once and it was close. It is a very difficult task beating Federer in the Wimbledon Final. Andy Roddick threw the kitchen sink and everything else, but still couldn't do it in three attempts. There are certain players that own certain courts and hate losing there.

For Roger Federer that is Wimbledon Centre Court. He would almost take Centre Court home as his retirement trophy, it means that much to him. If Djokovic can beat Federer at his home turf, having already tamed Nadal last year in the Wimbledon final, that would for sure prove his newfound mastery of the ultimate grass court event in the world.

But what he wants most right now is triumphing over Nadal at Roland Garros. Very likely that will happen in the finals, notwithstanding Rafa's present ranking. It wouldn't be fair for the game's best to meet in any place other than the final. They are certainly the two best clay courters in the world right now with all due respect to Federer.

Roger is playing wonderfully well right now and played the best clay court match of his life last year at the French against Djokovic. But I still favor both Rafa and Novak slightly when they meet Roger at the French this year. I think Novak will certainly remember that defeat to Roger very well that also broke that incredible streak of winning 43 matches in a row.

If Novak can win these two matches and in the process hold all four trophies that matter most in tennis, then he would surely have had the best two successive years in modern tennis history that one can remember.