Speed is part of my character and part of my tennis style on the court. I like moving very fast on the court, being aggressive—and the Speed IG racquet helps me with that a lot.”
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 23, 2011
Former World No. 3 men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic, stepped into the No. 2 spot as he took home the Rome Masters title for a total of 37 consecutive wins since the beginning of the season.
Djokovic started the season with a racquet change to the HEAD Youtek Speed. He won the 2011 Australian Open, and has continued to make headlines throughout the year, leading up to his stunning defeat of Rafael Nadal at the Madrid Open.
His current streak is second only to John McEnroe, who holds the record for most consecutive wins at 42-0 in 1984. Djokovic has not lost a match since he changed his racquet.
Djokovic’s stunning crosscourt backhands are what won him the game, a move he has perfected since the beginning of the season. Critics and fans alike voiced their concerns on discussion boards during the Australian Open when it was announced that Djokovic changed racquets. But he insisted that the new racquet matched his playing style.
“Speed is part of my character and part of my tennis style on the court. I like moving very fast on the court, being aggressive—and the Speed IG racquet helps me with that a lot,” Djokovic said in an interview shortly after his 2011 Australian Open win.
Djokovic’s Youtek IG Speed racquet is a modification of his old Youtek Speed, with a new paint job and additional technology. The IG stands for Innegra, an advanced carbon composite fiber that was originally designed for surfboards. The IG material is integrated into the racquet to increase shock absorption by 17 percent and to improve racquet stability.
Since Djokovic won the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, supporters have said that they knew the No. 1 title was in sight, but it wasn’t until he beat Nadal in a stunning and well-played match at the Madrid Open that he really caught the attention of his competition.
“The King of Clay,” Nadal, has been called the greatest player of all time and has held the No.1 title twice in his career. Once from Aug. 2008 to June 2009, and recently when he took it back from Roger Federer at the June 2010 French Open.
Nadal can’t help but take notice of Djokovic’s meteoric rise. “I came up against a great player obviously—he’s having a monster of a year,” Nadal said in an interview with ESPN.
“The No. 1 ranking is not in danger—it’s finished,” Nadal said in an interview soon after the loss against Djokovic at the Madrid Open. “Let’s not lie to ourselves, that’s the reality.”
“I cannot be more delighted than this, definitely,” Djokovic said, “winning against Rafa for the first time on a clay court and it’s the perfect place to win it.”
“It’s his hometown. He had the support of the crowd, but I always believed from the first moment that I stepped on the court that I can win and I played great.”
Tennis enthusiasts are still wondering if his success can be attributed to a tennis racquet change. Perhaps they will have an answer soon. As Djokovic enters the French Open, all eyes are closely following what could be history in the making.
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