2011 was a fantastic year for tennis fans, and especially for Novak Djokovic. He won a total of 10 tournaments, which included Grand Slam victories at the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon. He was named the Player of the Year by ITF and was hailed by tennis greats such as Boris Becker and Pete Sampras.

He climbed to the world no. 1 ranking as a result of his multiple victories and set the record for the highest amount of prize money ever won, a staggering 12 million USD.

He finished the year on a high, by claiming the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, held in Abu Dhabi. He defeated the Spaniard, David Ferrer, in the finals. But the road to the finals wasn’t a cakewalk. His semi-final opponent was ex world no. 1, Roger Federer. Novak Djokovic saw off that threat with a straight set victory, winning 6-2, 6-1.

This just goes to show the level of tennis that Djokovic is playing nowadays. Djokovic continued his stellar performance by crushing the world no. 5, Ferrer, by the same score. Defeating two world class players in consecutive matches in straight sets is no mean feat.

The final was a complete cakewalk for the world leader, and he finished off his spectacular year in style, concluding the match by hitting two aces. When asked about his experience at Abu Dhabi, he said it had been fantastic and the preparation was amazing. He hopes to repeat his 2011 performance again this year, starting with a win in the exhibition match against Roger Federer.

With the Australian Open coming up in a couple of weeks, it won’t be a very long wait before we can see if he will be successful. By the looks of the best Australian Open betting, Djokovic is the clear favourite. There’s no denying that the Serbian is at the top of his game right now, and it will be difficult for all the players to come close to beating him right now.