The dominance of Djokovic : He had his  breakout year in 2008 and now, at age of 36, is still ranked world's No.1.

For Novak Djokovic, his 2008 season, just a few years after he turned pro, was great by any measure. It was his breakout year.

He not only won his first of six ATP Finals, but he began 2008 taking the Australian Open, the first of his 10 titles there and would become 24 major championships overall.

In his semifinals he upset the top seed, Roger Federer and beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final. Djokovic also reached the semifinals at the French Open, where he fell to Rafael Nadal, and the United States Open, where he lost to Federer, also in the semifinals, Djokovic was just 21 at the time.

By season's end, Djokovic had won two other tournaments, including Masters 1000s In Indiana Wells and Rome. That year solidified Djokovic as a bone fide member of what was to become known as the Big Three, alongside Federer and Nadal.

'' He played like a beast,'' Nikolay Davydenko, who lost to Djokovic, 6-1, 7-5, in the 2008 final in Shanghai, said by email last month. He's a good runner, had good control and the best concentration in the tour. I had no chance.''

Now, 15 years later, Djokovic, 36, is still leading the sport and enters the finals as the top seed.

This year has once again been one of his best. For the fourth time in his career he won three of the four majors and heads into the ATP Finals with a 51-5 record.

Last Sunday, he captured his seventh Paris Masters championship and 40th career Masters 1000 title with a straight-sets over Grigor Dimitrov.

The ATP Finals begin Sunday at the Pala  Alpitour in Turin,Italy, where Djokovic will try to win the event for a record seventh time.

The World Students Society thanks Cindy Shmerler.


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