The Three-Year Drought
As it turned out, it wasn’t quite time for Djokovic’s reign. Sure, he stayed near the top of the game, won ATP tournaments, and always hung around as a contender at Slams. But there was a clear regression from his incredible run of success as a 20-year-old (two semis, a final, and a championship in four straight Slams from 2007–2008). In the 11 Grand Slam tournaments he played over the rest of 2008 and through the end of 2010, Djokovic wasn’t able to come away with a single GS title. He appeared in one final during the drought, losing to Nadal at the 2010 U.S. Open 4–6, 7–5, 4–6, 2–6.
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