Novak Djokovic: Nole's Hard-Court Success Will Continue at 2012 US Open

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after he won match point against Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Men's Final on Day Fifteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic will continue his string of hard-court successes this summer at the 2012 US Open.

The current world No. 2 on the men's side is primed for a repeat championship in Flushing Meadows, and will put the nightmares of Wimbledon behind him. 

Before the 2012 French Open, Djokovic had won three Grand Slam tournaments in a row, but after a loss to Rafael Nadal in the final at Roland Garros, Djokovic fell off of his game.

He lost in the semifinals at Wimbledon and the 2012 London Olympics, failing to medal at the Games after losing the bronze medal match.

Despite his recent struggles, Nole still boasts the No. 2 ranking and a nearly unbeatable hard-court game.

The return to Djokovic's favorite surface has come just in time it seems.

Four of Novak's five career Grand Slam wins have come on hard courts, either at the Australian Open or the US Open. Djokovic is 65-11 combined in singles matches at both Slams.

Since 2007, Novak has made it to at least the semifinals of every US Open, which is a testament to his unmatched preparation and dominance on hard-court surfaces.

Djokovic made short work of Rafael Nadal in the 2011 US Open final, winning in four quick sets. The fact that Nadal has withdrew from this year's tournament will make Nole's rode to a sixth-career Grand Slam that much easier. 

Of course world No. 1 Roger Federer will be on top of his game, as will Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray. But Fed is 31 and Murray has never won a major tournament.

Djokovic has had Fed's number as of late at the US Open, as well. Although Federer took down Djokovic in the final of last week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, he beat Federer in five-set matches at Flushing Meadows in 2010 and 2011. 

Meanwhile, Nole leads Murray 6-5 all-time on hard courts, and most recently beat him at the Sony Ericsson Open and the Australian Open earlier this year (both hard courts). 

Djokovic may have given tennis fans a reason to doubt with his slip ups to Federer and Murray at the All England Club this summer, but there is no denying that the return to hard-court play will have Nole rejuvenated and primed to repeat at the US Open in 2012.


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