Waiting for the miracle of 25 Grand Slams
This week, Novak Djokovic with 7,070 points, continues to hold the top of the ATP table. Thanks to that, he equaled the 377-week record of holding the world No. 1 position with female legend Steffi Graf, which was established in March 1977. In the history of men’s tennis, only Djokovic (377 weeks) and Roger Federer (310 weeks) have surpassed the 300-week mark to occupy No. 1. But in women’s tennis, behind the legendary Steffi Graf are Martina Navratilova (332) and Serena Williams (319).
After conquering the Australian Open 2023, Novak Djokovic equaled the record of 22 Grand Slams with Rafael Nadal. Together they hold the record for the number of major titles a male tennis player can win in the Open era.
However, Nadal and Djokovic are not the ones who have won the most Grand Slams in the tennis world. Until the day she said goodbye in tears at the US Open last year, Serena Williams was still regretful even though the American tennis player had won 23 Grand Slam women’s singles. Because, ahead is the legendary Margaret Court, who owns 24 Grand Slams. The miracle since 1973 of the Australian legend so far has not been broken.
Therefore, fans expect Novak Djokovic to continue to conquer the 23rd, 24th and more Grand Slams. This is a perfectly viable scenario, even this year. Because Rafael Nadal’s condition is extremely bad, it is unlikely that the “King of Clay” can protect Roland Garros from the opponent’s attack.
Outperform Jimmy Connors
American tennis legend Jimmy Connors alone holds two great tennis records: 109 ATP titles and 1,274 career wins. Roger Federer was at one point close with 103 titles and 1,251 wins.
For his part, Novak Djokovic has 93 titles and 1,043 victories. Thus, there is still a very long way to go for Nole to reach these two milestones with 16 titles and 231 wins. The peak of the Serbian tennis player was in 2019, when he won 57 victories. However, in recent years, Djokovic has tended to slightly reduce his schedule to match his age.
In the last 5 seasons, Djokovic won a maximum of 5 titles per year. Last year, he had 5 championships spread across levels including Grand Slam (Wimbledon), ATP Finals (Turin), ATP Masters 1000 (Rome Masters), ATP 500 (Astana Open) and ATP 250 (Tel Aviv Open). ).
Against the power of time
It is a fact that on May 22, Novak Djokovic turns 36. Time is still the biggest rival to the career of professional athletes. The legends that once dominated the heroes, now have to regret the old glorious times.
When it comes to age, fans remember Ken Rosewall. To date, he is still the oldest record holder to win a Grand Slam when conquering the Australian Open 1972 at the age of 37 years, 2 months and 1 day. Besides, Roger Federer holds the number 1 position in the world at the age of 36 years, 10 months and 10 days. If he can stand at the top of the ATP table in March 2024, Djokovic will pass the milestone of “Express train”.
After the Australian Open 2023, Djokovic is the player who has won the most Grand Slams after the age of 30 with 10 successes. It is believed that Nole is still motivated even though he is 39, 40 years old, let alone 36 years old.
On the other hand, the 2023 Australian Open is the first time Djokovic has reached the milestone of winning at least 10 times at a Grand Slam and is the most successful tennis player in Australia. And at Wimbledon, Nole is only 1 title behind the man who plays the number one Grand Slam tournament on grass, Roger Federer. Djokovic can touch the feat of the “Express train” next July, even ending his career with 10 Wimbledon championships or more.
But at Roland Garros and the US Open, the milestone of 10 championships is unthinkable. In France, Nadal is the historic No. 1 with 14 titles. Grand Slam on clay, Nole has only been crowned twice.
In the US, the situation is not much better when Nole has 3 titles. Anyway, the leaders are Pete Samprass, Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors who have won only 5 times, followed by Rafael Nadal and John McEnroe with the same 4 times.
Action of chivalry
“Legend of Prison” Boris Becker has just sent Novak Djokovic his gratitude. Because, during the eight-month period when the former German tennis player was imprisoned, in the tennis world, only Nole regularly visited him, as well as supported the Becker family.
The six-time Grand Slam winner said: “Novak (Djokovic) has become a member of my family. Although we broke up in 2016, my relationship with him has always been very close. He supported and encouraged me during my time in prison in the UK. That’s really appreciable.”
Peace of mind number 1
Next week, Nole will definitely monopolize the number 1 player record in history for the number of weeks ranked number 1 in the world. This week, the Serbian player did not participate in any tournament and was deducted 90 points.
But the only person capable of chasing, Carlos Alcaraz, is also unable to usurp the throne. The young Spaniard is participating in the Rio Open and if he pocketed 500 points, Alcaraz would have the same 6,980 points as Djokovic (after 90 points were deducted). However, Alcaraz completely lost to the senior in the secondary stats.