Thanks to a strong start to the 2014 Australian Open, it looks like tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is well on his way to winning this Grand Slam title for the fourth consecutive year.
Djokovic had no problem in the fourth round of this year's Australian Open, taking down Fabio Fognini in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2, in what was a dominant performance. In fact, through the first four rounds of this Grand Slam event, Djokovic hasn't dropped a single set.
With how hot he is right now, it doesn't look like Djokovic is going to fall in this year's Australian Open.
The Australian Open is easily Djokovic's favorite Grand Slam event, as he's had an impressive level of success at Melbourne Park. This is the 10th year that Djokovic has participated in the event, and he's won four times, including the past three from 2011 to 2013.
His overall record in the Australian Open? 39-5, which gives him a ridiculous 88.63 win percentage.
While Djokovic has won over 84 percent of his Grand Slam matches, that is an impressive feat considering how many times he's participated in the event. The Australian Open is the only Grand Slam where he has one more than once, although he has been to the finals at the U.S. Open five times, winning just one of them.
One of the biggest reasons why Djokovic has done so well in Melbourne is because of the surface Melbourne Park uses. It has a plexicushion hard surface that was put in in 2008, which just happened to be the first year when Djokovic won the event. In fact, he's only lost twice since they changed surfaces.
During his career, Djokovic has thrived when playing on a hard surface. In ATP World Tour and Grand Slam events, he's gone 350-75 on hard surfaces, giving him an 82.4 win percentage. Of his 41 titles in these events, 32 of them have come on hard courts.
Of course, there's still going to be plenty of competition for Djokovic to get through. Players like Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Roger Federer are still in the hunt, and they will be looking to take the title from Djokovic. Federer in particular has also had a lot of success on hard courts, winning 52 of his 77 titles on the surface.
But considering how well he's played at the Australian Open during his career, and how hot he's playing in the event right now, it's really hard to see anyone else taking the title this year but Djokovic.
Stats via ATPWorldTour.com.
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