What Can Djokovic Do for an Encore?
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At this time last year, Novak Djokovic was on the cusp of an accomplishment that served as a catalyst for his brilliant 2011. He was about to lead Serbia to the Davis Cup title, much like Rafael Nadal is poised to lead Spain—or Juan Martin del Potro is about to lift Argentina—to the same year-ending triumph.
The emotional boost and confident enthusiasm Djokovic took into this year from that win should not be overlooked, nor should it be ignored that Djokovic will not have that form of rocket fuel in just a few weeks time in Australian, when he begins the quest to defend, well. . . everything.
It seems a good way to put his upcoming year into perspective, and not just because of what happened toward the end of 2010. It's also because of what happened at the end of 2011, in a way that has nothing to do with the season-ending tennis event, the Davis Cup final.