My little Novak Djokovic crush started back in 2009 at the US Open when I saw him play for the first time at Louis Armstrong Stadium, and then it was solidified when I saw this:
It was one of the first blogs that I posted, and I remember it clearly. There was something about this kid that I really liked, but I had conflicting feelings at the time because although everyone knew he had potential, he was much more known for his multiple ailments than his tennis. Plus I was a die-hard Rafa fan and really didn't have a lot of room in my heart for anyone else. But as time has progressed, the little space in my heart that Nole possesses has grown. I mean really, REALLY, how can you not love his sheepish grin, the charm that oozes out of him, and of course if you are a tennis fan, his amazing level of play this year.
Last night Nole demolished James Blake in the 3rd Round of the Sony Ericsson Open 6-2, 6-0. He's now 20-0 for the 2011 season which is 3rd in the history books for the best start to a season (thanks Shelley) behind Lendl and McEnroe. I was determined to go to his press conference to see what this kid was like in person. He was fashionably late, (I almost missed my hotel shuttle because of it), but when he arrived, it seemed like he was right on time. He's funny, cute, and completely approachable. To sum it up in very non-professional terms. He's awesome.