The man Novak Djokovic is trying to chase for the best start to any season has come out and said that the Serb’s streak is already better than his. John McEnroe, who holds the mark for the best start to a season with 42 straight wins in 1984, says what the Djokovic is now far eclipses his run.
“Given that there’s more competition, more athleticism and deeper fields now, I’d say his record is even more impressive than mine,” said McEnroe speaking
“Especially given that in 1984, the major in Australia was played at the end of the year, whereas he had to win it (as part of his streak). I was coming into my first Grand Slam of the year at the French, where the streak was broken (in the final against Ivan Lendl). So things are different. Also, he came into the year at No. 3 and to be able to dominate [higher ranked players] the way he has, well, to put it mildly, it’s been quite amazing to see what he’s done and how much more confidently he’s playing.”
With Djokovic just six wins from record, McEnroe, who will be in Paris broadcasting for the Tennis Channel and NBC, sounds excited to see it happen.
“I’m quite excited that he might break my record at the French Open,” he said. “Records are made to be broken. It’s the definition of mixed emotions. I think I’ve pretty much lost every record that I had but, at the same time, I know that this has been a shot in the arm for our sport. Everyone knew he was capable, because he had won a major and he showed some heart at the [2010 US] Open, when he came from two match points down [v Roger Federer]. To see what he’s done since then, I hasten to say that even he’s a little surprised.”
The draw for the 2011 French Open will be released on Friday. If Djokovic can reach the final (six wins to pass Mac) he will also become the new No. 1 ranked player following the event.
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