That Novak Djokovic has defied the expectations of even his most ardent fans would be putting it mildly. I mean the guy is unbeaten in six months on the ATP Tour, something that would be an aberration (of the good kind, of course) in any sport, let alone something as grueling as tennis.
So here are the facts: 1) He is currently 39-0 (37-0 in 2011), putting him within touching distance of Guillermo Vilas (46 in a row) and Ivan Lendl (44 in a row) atop the all-time list of ATP streaks in the Open era; 2) He has claimed seven ATP titles this year already, including one Grand Slam and four Masters Series 1000 tournaments; 3) He has beaten Roger Federer thrice and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal four times this season (a feat unparalleled on the ATP Tour); 4) He is also on course to eclipse the best start ever to an ATP season (42 in a row), currently in possession of one John McEnroe of 1984; and 5) He has become the first man on the ATP Tour to beat Rafael Nadal twice in two consecutive meetings on the Spaniard’s favored clay surface.
Some Nadal and Federer fans have been so taken aback that they have immediately raised the libelous specter of a doping accusation against the current world No. 2. However, in this slideshow I have decided to take a more fantasy-led approach to the sudden rise of Novak Djokovic as the premier competitor on the ATP Tour.
So in honor of one of the most storied super-hero movie seasons this year . . . here is a look at possible alter-egos (from both the Marvel and DC-verse) for the lean, mean, Serbian machine.