Novak Djokovic: Why Djoker Will Sweep the Grand Slam Tournaments in 2013

Will Osgood@@BRwillosgoodAnalyst IJanuary 11, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 09:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia prepares to play a shot during a practice session ahead of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 9, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic is the No. 1 player in the world, and he is an absolute stud in grand slam tournaments.

Put the two together and the result is a player ready to sweep the grand slam tournaments in 2013.

Rafael Nadal is still reeling from a relatively debilitating knee injury that cost him the latter part of the 2012 season. The likelihood that he can seriously compete until at least the French Open is almost null. The more likely event is that it takes Nadal most of 2013 just to recover to full health and get back to playing good tennis.

2014 is a more likely season to see Nadal give Djoker a serious run for his money.

Roger Federer had a mini-revival in 2012, but is now 31 years of age, married with children and stretched thin with commitments outside of tennis. It’s hard to imagine him posing a serious threat to Djokovic in any of the grand slams this year.  

Then there’s Andy Murray, who finally got the monkey off his back in 2012 by winning the U.S. Open in September, over Djokovic.

Crazily, the two are separated in age by exactly one week. Djokovic is the senior—born on May 22, 1987, with Murray born May 15.

Djokovic leads the series between the two young guns of men’s tennis, 10-7.

It is without question that the two will meet up in at least one grand slam final in 2013. It is even possible the two will dominate each grand slam and meet one another in every final.

If that happens, Djoker may not sweep the grand slam events in 2013. Certainly, Murray would find a way to eke out at least one win in four tries.

But if Federer can put it altogether in one tournament—which is a reasonable assertion—Djokovic would now be the favorite in a head-to-head matchup.

Other marquee players, such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer and Juan Martin del Potro could easily make a run in one tournament to make their way to a grand slam final. Again, Djokovic would be the favorite in head-to-head matchups against any of those players, especially if the match were played on the hard surface, or indoor hard surface, as is the case in Flushing Meadows and Melbourne, respectively.

Djokovic isn’t bad on grass or clay, either. Yet, he has not won a French Open, yet.

This is the year. His game on clay has improved, and he has improved his overall game.

He only has to avoid Murray on grass to capture each grand slam tournament. That’s easier said than done.

It takes magic to win a seasonal grand slam and 2013 could be a magical year for Djokovic.