It is the third time in the history of the sport that two tennis champions have won three of the four grand slam titles. Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic each took home three of the four titles, making a mark in the history of the sports world.
ESPN calls it a “once in a generation phenomenon” that has only happened twice before in the past 46 years. ESPN reports that the other two times it happened was in 1988 when Steffi Graf and Mats Wilander took seven of eight titles, and in 1969 when Australians Rod Laver and Margaret Court won seven titles too.
Tennis legend Mats Wilander was appreciative of the two stars when he was interviewed by ESPN. He said that it’s been a while since he had seen such dominance from both sides of the game. But then someone asked a different question. And the question was, “Who had a better year? Serena Williams or Novak Djokovic?”
As several sports websites analyzed the performance of the two tennis stars who are on their way to become legends, a clear pattern emerged. While Serena has achieved much at an age where people normally expect the sportspersons’ athletic prowess to go on a decline, the fact remains that Novak Djokovic probably had to push himself harder to win the grand slams.
Djokovic played against better players all through the year. Serena was lucky to have an easier time on the courts. Five Thirty Eight reported that Djokovic had won 11 of the 16 tournaments he played, reaching the finals in four other tournaments. On the other hand, Williams has won five of the 11 tournaments that she had entered, reaching the semifinals in three others and withdrawing her name from the remaining three events.
But Serena Williams did it all when she is reaching beyond her prime and Novak Djokovic is still in his prime. So who did better? Judge!
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