Novak Djokovic: One title, so many records
By winning his 23rd Grand Slam title, Novak Djokovic set a new record, just one of many
On Sunday June 11, Novak Djokovic wrote a new page in the history of the great book of tennis, a book of which he is now the principal author. By winning his third French Open, the Serb became the only man to have won 23 Grand Slam titles – a new record to add to an already long list.
Here are five of the most impressive:
23 Grand Slam titles: This is undoubtedly the record he was chasing most. In the frantic race with his eternal rivals, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the Serb moved one step ahead of the Spaniard by winning his 23rd Grand Slam title. However, he still shares this record with Serena Williams, who also has 23. Magaret Court is alone in the lead with 24.
34 Grand Slam finals: At the age of 36, Novak Djokovic played in his 34th Grand Slam final, a record for the men’s Open era, but once again shared with a woman, American Chris Evert.
388 weeks at the top of the ATP rankings: Novak Djokovic has held this record for several months now, since surpassing Steffi Graff’s 377 weeks at the top of the WTA rankings. Djokovic had recently relinquished his position as world No 1 to Carlos Alcaraz. But, with victory at Roland-Garros, the Serb reclaimed his crown and will spend his 388th week at the top of the ATP rankings as of Monday.
The only man in the Open era to have won every Grand Slam at least three times: Of the Big Three, Djokovic undoubtedly stood out for his ability to perform on all surfaces, showing that he is certainly the most complete player in men’s tennis history. With this third French Open, he became the only man to achieve the feat of winning every Grand Slam tournament at least three times.
The highest tiebreak win rate in the ATP: While this may not be the most telling record, it does speak volumes about Djokovic’s ability to get the best out of himself at crucial moments. At the French Open, Nole won all six tie-breaks he contested. Since joining the ATP Tour, the Serb has won 308 tie-breaks and lost 162. This statistic makes him the master of the tie-break, with a 65.5% win rate in these games, just ahead of Roger Federer (65.4%).
Despite all the new records Djokovic set on Sunday, the story is far from over. On the strength of his victories at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, the new world No 1 is still in contention to complete the calendar Grand Slam, a feat achieved only by Rod Laver in the Open era.