2011 certainly did not go as expected. Few would have guessed Djokovic's sudden rise to power, or that Federer would go slamless for the first year since 2003, when he won his first major title.
Nadal's year was one that most would dream of, but paled in comparison to his 2010 and the standards which he has set for himself. If anything, 2011 was very much representative of the Fedal era coming to a close.
The purpose of this article is to examine closely each Grand Slam and the World Tour Finals, looking at what they meant this year and could signify for the next, as men's tennis is becoming increasingly dynamic, and reigns ever more ephemeral.