Make it 28-0 so far for Novak Djokovic in 2011. The Serbian superstar took care of Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3 6-4 at the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open. Djokovic’s improved serve allowed him to avoid being broken in the match. Although Kevin Anderson out-aced Novak 7 to 2, Anderson had a much more difficult time winning points on return, scoring on only 25% of return points. It wasn’t the best match Novak has played, and he will have to improve if he wants to keep his unbeaten record for the year intact.
Playing a notch above the field was Rafael Nadal, who blew through Marco Baghdatis 6-1 6-3. Rafa not only wasn’t broken in the match, he never even faced a break point. His serve game was untouchable, winning not only 83% of points on first serve, but an astounding 78% of second serves. Most players don’t win 78% on first serves, much less second serve. Nadal versus Novak is the final I want to see. Their matches at Indian Wells and Miami were grand theater. We will see if Novak can keep it going on clay.