Novak Djokovic Surpasses Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Unique Grand Slam Record at US Open 2021

Published 09/07/2021, 12:46 PM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


World number one, Novak Djokovic, is about to face Matteo Berrettini for the third time at majors this year at the on-going US Open. Nole will face stiff competition from next-gen players as they try and stop him from achieving the calendar grand slam.

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Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits to Jenson Brooksby of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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So far in the US Open, the Serbian tennis star faced the likes of Kei Nishikori, Holger Rune, and Jenson Brooksby, on his way the last eight. Djokovic won all these matchups in four sets and it’s evident that he is yet to reach his best on Arthur Ashe stadium.

For those who have been watching Novak Djokovic play over the years, his success rate is not directly related to his form. There have been numerous instances, especially in grand slams, where Djokovic displayed relentless grit to notch up victories against peers Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Novak Djokovic registers unique record at majors after reaching US Open quarter-finals

Talking about grand slams, the world number one has achieved yet another unique record after his exceptional performances at grand slams this year. The Serbian became the only player to win more than twenty matches for a total of nine times in Grand Slams in a single season.

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His long-time rival Roger Federer did it eight times in his two-decade long career. Rafael Nadal, who decided to rest for the remainder of the season, won more than 20 matches in slams for a total of seven times in his career.

Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits to Jenson Brooksby of the United States on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Irrespective of how the Big-3 perform at tournaments on the ATP tour besides the slams, their consistent record at majors will take forever to beat by the next generation of players that follow them.

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Djokovic looks set to win the US Open and become the first men’s player to win 21 major titles in the Open Era. Federer and Nadal will look to return to action next year. However, Djokovic in his current form will take some stopping.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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