The signs of a packed season are clearly evident. With the season in its last leg, the body is wearing off and with it the aura of invincibility. Even though what Novak Djokovic has achieved this season is nothing less than super human, the Serbian in reality is no superman but a mere mortal like any of us.
Djokovic was eliminated at the round robin stage of the ATP World Tour Finals after going down 6-3, 3-6, 3-6 to compatriot Janko Tipsarevic on Friday, his second loss in the competition. It was Tipsarevic's first win over Djokovic in four attempts. On Wednesday, the World No.1 had been hammered 6-3, 6-1 by David Ferrer in Djokovic's second match of the ATP Tour Finals. A match before he was stretched to the limit by Czech Tomas Berdych, who should have actually won the game, but for the Serb’s tenacity.
Clearly, there is only as much a player’s body can take in a season. His body has been demanding rest for quite sometime now. Djokovic has been phenomenal in 2011 but that has meant he has probably played more matches than most players, considering he has gone all the way to the final in 11 tournaments and won 10 of those, including 3 Grand Slams, which are a best of 5 contests unlike other tournaments that are best of 3.