The three greatest men’s players of the modern era are now tied on 20 Grand Slam victories – the most Grand Slam victories ever.
It is Djokovic's comeback story that makes for inspirational reading. For much of the early part of the year the Serb’s form was indifferent. An elbow surgery had kept him out of action for quite a while and predictably enough when he came back shortly after the season began his form was patchy. He had bad defeats in early rounds and this saw him slide down the rankings to 21.
Never one to give up easily, Djokovic took steps to change his fortunes and begin a resurgence. He changed rackets, tweaked his serve a bit, began working with a new team and even took up meditation in the hope of remaining calmer on the court, this involving a five day trek up the French Alps.
All this seemed to have a positive effect for he came into his own shortly before Wimbledon commenced, finishing runner-up at Queen’s Club, but even then hardly anyone looked upon him as a serious contender for the Holy Grail of tennis. He was seeded 12th and with the fierce competition on hand in the men’s event everyone was looking to either Federer or Nadal, the two top ranked players, to take the title. Or it was reckoned that perhaps one of the quintet of young challengers was in with a chance.