World number two Novak Djokovic was just a win away to claim the world number one ranking but fell short after losing at the French Open 2011 semifinals against Swiss star Roger Federer. This also meant that he fell one match short of tying John McEnroe’s 42-0 straight victories in a season.
The walkover victory in the quarterfinals was officially not counted as official victory for the Serbian star which means he had to win the Roland Garros 2011 title to overtake McEnroe’s record. His unbeaten streak stays at 41-0.
Despite not achieving the top ranking and the record, Djokovic said that he’s thankful for the spectacular first first months of the 2011 season.
“It was best five months of my life, my tennis career,” Djokovic said.
“I cannot complain. It was definitely an incredible period. It had to end somewhere. I knew it was coming. Unfortunately, it came in the bad moment. It was a big match today. But look, it’s the sport. I will keep on working hard,” he added.
Djokovic’s 41-0 unbeaten streak was translated to seven titles including the Australian Open 2011. He also beat Federer three times and Rafael Nadal four times during the course of his win streak. The world number two can still claim the top ranking by next week if Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.