Novak Djokovic capped off a spectacular year on Monday, winning the U.S. Open in New York and raising his 2011 record to 64 wins and only 2 losses. Djokovic has been ranked No. 1 in the world since defeating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in July.
Along with his win at the Australian open, Monday's victory makes him only the sixth man in 40 years to take three majors in the same year.
So what was the moment like -- winning the U.S. Open?
On "The Early Show," Djokovic said, "Well, it was amazing. When I saw that forehand coming, I didn't know what to do. I just kind of fell down on the court. I was so happy to have the people there closest to me. ... My team was there to share this incredible victory with me. This is one of the biggest events in the sport you dream of. This is what you dream of winning."
Though it was a victorious year for the Serbian tennis star, it wasn't always an easy one. When asked about his medical time-out during the final match, Djokovic said he doesn't want to give attention to his pain, but that it was "obviously there."
He said, "You know, it's all sport and it's a very demanding sport. We have to travel all the time. We play in different countries, on different surfaces and we have to adjust to the conditions in just a couple days' time. So the body suffers. You know, obviously, with the season that I had, I think that, you know, the struggle with the body with me last night, but I managed to hold on and win the trophy and that's what matters most."
However, with his injuries in mind, including a shoulder issue that caused him to retire from a match recently, Djokovic says he does support a shorter tennis schedule. "To be honest, I think now more than ever, a couple of top players came out publicly about their disliking of the schedule and they would like to see some changes. And I support them," he said. "I think we want to have a little bit shorter schedule. But it's not easy, you know? It's not only players that are really important. There are tournaments. So hopefully the next year will be better."
The final match of the Open was held a day after the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. Djokovic wore a FDNY cap in support of those that lost loved ones on the day. When asked where he got the hat, Djokovic said a friend gave it to him.