Novak Djokovic Breaks Another Roger Federer Record After Defeating Alexander Zverev at US Open 2021

Published 09/11/2021, 1:18 AM EDT
Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a break point against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the fifth set on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Swiss maestro Roger Federer was the one with all the records until Novak Djokovic came into the picture. The Serbian World No.1 has taken over the 40-year-old in another record after his semi-final win at the US Open. Nole now has the most wins over Top 10 players on the Tour. Previously, both the arch-rivals were level at 224, but after Djokovic’s win over Alexander Zverev, the 34-year-old has officially claimed the record.

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Consequently, the Belgradian reached the US Open 2021 final for the ninth time. Besides, he also became the first player all-time to collect nine finals in two different Grand Slams (Australian Open, US Open).

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Djokovic, however, has eyes set on much bigger records as the Serb chases history in the American Gran Slam final. 

Djokovic overtakes Federer in number of wins against Top 10 players

One of the most intriguing similarities between Djokovic and Federer is that they have been the most consistent players against the best players in the world. And that is the reason why they have acclaimed all the records.

Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Novak Djokovic winning his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Now, Djokovic is the player with the most wins against Top 10 players in tennis at 225. Federer will not get a chance to improve his 224 for a while as he called his 2021 season off due to knee surgery.

Also, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are on the list, but it is unlikely for them to match this record. While the Spaniard has 178 wins so far, the Scot has 101.

Hence, the Serbian ace will rule over this accomplishment for quite a while. 

Records Novak Djokovic can break after winning the US Open 2021 final

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For over 50 years of tennis, no men’s player has won all four Grand Slam tournaments in one year. Notably, the last person to do so was Rod Laver in 1969, who also saw Djokovic win the semifinals from the stands. Indeed, the Serbian ace can make the same feat winning the US Open 2021 title.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a break point against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the fifth set on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Other than that, Djokovic – Nadal – Federer each have 20 Grand Slam titles. Accordingly, the 34-year-old can finally get a lead in the “Big 3” race. These are the two significant records the Serbian ace will eye coming into the final against Daniil Medvedev.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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