Novak Djokovic Breaks Grand Slam Win Record Ahead of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at US Open 2021

Published 09/01/2021, 12:40 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 22: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning a point in his fourth round match against Hyeon Chung of South Korea on day eight of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Having admitted it himself, Novak Djokovic is chasing the Grand Slam record books before retiring. The Serbian is in a never-ending battle with rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for supremacy. All 3 players are currently tied at 20 Grand Slams each, and do not seem to be stopping yet. In the ongoing US Open 2021, Djokovic broke another Grand Slam record that nobody else has been able to breach.

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Novak Djokovic achieves unique Grand Slam win record

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his second round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar

In a career spanning close to two decades, Djokovic has accumulated numerous records. For a long time now, he has been the best player in the world, and currently ranks at No.1 as well. In 2021, the Serb has had a magnificent outing. He has notched win after win on all surfaces. Especially in the Grand Slams, Djokovic has not yet been defeated this year. This has earned him a special record, which has never been achieved before.

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Following his first round win at Flushing Meadows, the World No.1 became the first ever player to earn 76 wins in all four Grand Slams. He overcame Holger Rune in the Round of 128, which took his win tally in the US Open to 76. In addition, he has 82, 81 and 79 victories at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon respectively. Nobody else, not even his two other great rivals, have achieved this feat yet.

The Serbian is chasing a Calendar Grand Slam

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 13: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates as he holds the trophy after winning his Men’s Singles Final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during Day Fifteen of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 13, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

This year has been extremely special for the 34-year-old. He kicked off his campaign in Melbourne, where he conquered Daniil Medvedev to claim yet another Australian Open crown. In the coming months, Djokovic captured another title and worked on his clay-court game. At Roland Garros, he accomplished one of the toughest tasks in tennis – beating Rafael Nadal on Court Philippe Chatrier. After winning the title in France, he cruised to a Wimbledon success just a month later.

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Heading into the month of August, Djokovic was in line for the unthinkable Golden Slam (all four Slams + Olympic gold). However, fatigue and workload took a toll on the Serbian, as he failed to bring home a medal. He then decided to take a small break, before returning to the circuit for the US Open. Now, Novak Djokovic chases history, aiming to achieve the exemplary record of winning all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year.

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The US Open 2021 will be of vital importance to Novak Djokovic. Not only will a victory give him the Calendar Grand Slam, but he will also take the lead over Federer and Nadal in the Slams race. Can he do it? Or will someone deny him the glory? We will get the answers to our questions shortly.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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