Novak Djokovic has spent most of his profession chasing after the opposite members of the Big 3 – Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The 18-time Grand Slam champion nonetheless trails his older opponents’ tally of 20 Majors every, however on Monday he leveled Federer’s file for many weeks spent as World No 1.
The 33-year-old Serbian has now spent 310 weeks, over 5 stints, as the highest-ranked males’s participant on the planet because the ATP adopted a computerized rating system in 1973. He reached the summit for the primary time again when he was 24, on July 4, 2011, and has since entered a largely three-way tussle over the spot with Nadal and Federer – save for the 41 weeks Andy Murray had occupied the spot.
In this Golden Generation of males’s tennis, Djokovic might be the one to finally end with probably the most Grand Slam titles when the Big 3 finally retire. He nonetheless has to attend a bit to beat that deficit, however alongside with a number of different information he holds, he now has the joint-longest serving World No 1.
Here are a few of his different information.
Winning all Elite titles
In the tennis circuit, the ‘Elite’ occasions include the 4 Grand Slams, the ATP Tour Finals on the finish of the yr, and the 9 ATP 1000 Masters occasions. Djokovic to date is the one participant to have received every of the 14 Elite occasions.
Career Golden Masters, twice
Djokovic is the one males’s participant to have received all of the 9 Masters occasions (Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid, Montreal/Toronto, Cincinnati, Shanghai, and Paris) and the year-ending Tour Finals – a Career Golden Masters. At the Cincinnati occasion he received in 2020 – which was quickly shifted to New York as a result of COVID-19 pandemic – he turned the one one to have achieved the feat twice.
Meanwhile, Federer has by no means received the title in Monte Carlo and Rome, and Nadal hasn’t received at Miami, Shanghai, Paris and the year-ender. By successful the Cincinnati occasion final yr, Djokovic additionally broke Nadal’s file of 35 Masters Titles. The Serbian is at the moment on 36.
Holding all Slams on 3 surfaces
Since Rod Laver received all 4 Slams in a single yr, 1969, Djokovic has been the one male participant to carry all 4 Slams on the similar time. However, the Serbian is the one participant to have achieved it on three totally different surfaces (each the Australian and American Slams have been performed on grass courts throughout Laver’s time). Starting with successful Wimbledon in 2015, Djokovic went on to earn his second title on the US Open in the identical yr, received the Australian Open in 2016 after which his first and solely French Open title in 2016.
30 consecutive Slam matches
Starting from his straight-sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber at Wimbledon in 2015 to his third-round loss to Sam Querrey on the similar occasion the next yr, Djokovic set a file of successful 30 consecutive Grand Slam matches.
Grand Slam match wins
Djokovic is the one participant to have received over 72 matches at every of the 4 Grand Slams. He’s received 82 on the Australian Open (together with 9 titles), 74 on the French Open (successful the 2016 version), 72 at Wimbledon (with 5 titles) and 75 on the US Open (with titles in 2011, 2015 and 2018). In comparability, Nadal and Federer’s numbers are 69 and 102 at Australian Open, 100 and 70 at Roland Garros, 53 and 101 at Wimbledon and 64 and 89 on the US Open respectively.