Novak Djokovic is having the best season in tennis history. John McEnroe, who went 82-3 during the 1984 season, recently echoed that statement, and it would be fair to say he would know better than anybody else how amazing Djokovic's run has been.
Djokovic is currently 64-2 in 2011 as he heads home to Serbia to help his native country defend the Davis Cup. It was last season's Davis Cup-clinching victory that started Djokovic's remarkable run, and his country is back in the semifinals this year to face Argentina.
The 24-year-old star has won 10 tournaments, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, and has accumulated more than $8 million in prize money.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Djokovic's run has been his dominance of the other elite players. He's a combined 12-2 against the trio of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. That also means he is 52-0 against everybody else.
Before you say he's the best player in the world, so he should beat everybody else, McEnroe wants you to remember the fields are much deeper than during his era. The game is also a lot more physical.
It's important to consider all of the specialists. There are clay specialists, grass specialists and hard court specialists. A quarterfinal win against Kevin Anderson in the Sony Ericsson Open might not seem like a big win, but when you consider Anderson's big serve and love of hard courts, it actually is.
Is Djokovic's season the best in history?
There are wins like that all over Djokovic's résumé. To go through nine months and not have a single bad day against somebody outside the top four is amazing.
Some may argue that Martina Navratilova's 1983 season when she went 86-1 is more impressive. While it's unclear whether McEnroe was including the women's game in his comments, it's difficult to compare the 1980s women's game to the 2010s men's game.
If Djokovic can run the table through the rest of Serbia's Davis Cup defense and eventually take home the season's end championship, there will be no debate. His season will be the best ever.
After watching him strike the ball so perfectly on a consistent basis against Nadal in the US Open Final, it's hard to imagine anybody beating him unless his form drops markedly.
He's always played good defense but taking his offense (off both wings) to the next level has elevated him from a great player to the clear-cut best player in the world.
He's on pace to have the best season in history and the only person that can derail it is Djokovic himself. When he is at the top of his game, nobody can beat him.
McEnroe might have made his fair share of enemies over the years with his hothead style, but I think most people would agree with him that Djokovic's season is the best ever.