Commentary

What we missed during Djoker's streak

Originally Published: June 3, 2011
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

PARIS -- Seems like a long time since Novak Djokovic lost a match, eh? That's because it has been. Six months, which in tennis years is a long time.

In case you, our loyal followers, became so consumed with the streak, we present to you 43 notable (real life and sports) occurrences that took place during Djokovic's 43-match win streak.

1. Floods ravaged Brisbane, leaving the city's tennis stadium and many parts of town underwater -- Australia's most costly natural disaster.

2. Roger Federer won Doha, his only title so far this year.

3. Maria Sharapova changed coaches, switching from Michael Joyce to Thomas Hogstedt.

4. Ana Ivanovic changed coaches/trainers three times.

5. Li Na became the first women's Grand Slam finalist -- twice. She reached the Australian Open final against Kim Clijsters and the French Open final against Francesca Schiavone.

6. The Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl. Again.

7. Joachim Johansson retired. Again. He eventually was joined by fellow pros Harel Levy and Patty Schnyder.

8. Mass protests led to a democratic revolution in Egypt.

9. And government concessions in Tunisia and Yemen.

10. And -- unfortunately -- bombing in Libya.

11. Andy Roddick hits his "best ever" shot to win the title in Memphis, diving at match point to send a forehand winner down the line past Milos Raonic.

12. Jelena Dokic won Kuala Lumpur, her first WTA title since 2002.

13. Raonic became the hottest young player in men's tennis, reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open as a qualifier and winning the title in San Jose.

14. On Jan. 25, the WTA top 10 featured players from 10 different countries for the first time.

15. India became the first country to win the cricket World Cup at home.

16. Pete Sampras' stolen trophies were recovered, found in boxes behind a hospital after a tip given to Sampras' private investigator.

17. "The King's Speech" won the Oscar for best picture.

18. An earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, destabilizing a nuclear plant. It forced the cancellation of a women's challenger and led Clijsters to say she would not play in the country because of radiation worries. Japan's top men's player, Kei Nishikori, organized a charity auction to benefit victims.

19.Juan Martin del Potro won his first two titles since undergoing wrist surgery last year, taking Delray Beach and Estoril.

20. Mardy Fish became the top-ranked American for the first time in his career.

21. Flavia Pennetta became No. 1 in doubles for the first time, joining doubles partner Gisela Dulko.

22. Jack Sock graduated high school with an 80-0 match record.

23. The French tennis federation voted to keep the French Open in Paris after considering a move to larger sites out of town.

24. The Rome and Madrid Masters switched spots in the calendar.

25. Rafael Nadal won Monte Carlo for a record seventh time.

26. Prince William married Kate Middleton. The two played mixed doubles at Queen's Club a week before.

27. Serena Williams still has not come back from the foot injury she suffered in July, remaining sidelined after a pulmonary embolism in March.

28. Dinara Safina took an indefinite hiatus from tennis to heal a back injury.

29. Osama bin Laden was captured and killed by U.S. troops.

30. Caroline Wozniacki became the the 10th longest reigning world No. 1, 37 weeks and counting.

31. Petra Kvitova won her first big title, winning the premier mandatory event in Madrid.

32. Kevin Anderson, Ryan Sweeting, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Alberta Brianti and Greta Arn were among those who won their first tournaments.

33. Kvitova, Nicolas Almagro and Jurgen Melzer entered the top for the first time.

34. Nadal lost two matches in the European clay season for the first time since 2004.

35. LinkedIn became the first big social media company to go public, doubling in value on its first day to reach a net worth of $8.9 billion.

36. On May 9, there were no Americans in the men's or women's top 10, the first time that combination has occurred.

37. Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Fernando Gonzalez all attempted comebacks from surgery but pulled out of the French Open.

38. Donald Trump stopped being a potential presidential candidate in the U.S.

39. Dominique Strauss-Kahn stopped being a potential presidential candidate in France.

40. Daniel Koellerer became the first player to receive a permanent ban from the sport for match-fixing.

41. FIFA was hit by bribery scandals, but Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of the international soccer governing body.

42. John Edwards was indicted by a grand jury on charges of misuse of campaign funds.

43. Novak Djokovic lost a match.

Kamakshi Tandon is a freelance tennis writer for ESPN.com.