Novak Djokovic Inches Closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Yet Another Incredible Record

Published 11/20/2021, 10:58 AM EST
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 No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been on a mission in 2021 to rewrite the history books of tennis. The manner in which he has gone about things this year has cemented his place as one of, if not, the greatest of all time. 

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After qualifying for the semifinals in the ATP Finals 2021, Novak Djokovic has come close to yet another record which is held by Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer and followed by the Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal. 

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Novak Djokovic is having a spectacular season

On making it to the semifinal in Turin, Djokovic has now reached his 10th semifinal in five separate events. He only trails behind Federer, who has reached 10 semifinals or more in eight different events so far. After the Swiss ace, Nadal has achieved the same feat in six different events.  

Over the years, Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have been dominating the scenes in the tennis world. They have continued to rule the sport for close to two decades. The fact that all three athletes are tied on 20 Grand Slam titles each indicates their incredible dominance. 

Reflecting on Djokovic, he began this season by winning the Australian Open for the 9th time. After that, he knocked out Nadal in the semifinal of the French Open and went on to win the title. In the final, he beat Tsitsipas after being two sets down. 

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Later, he won the Wimbledon Championships and matched rivals, Federer and Nadal, on 20 Grand Slam titles each. Sadly, he was unable to go the distance and fell short in the final of the US Open against Daniil Medvedev. 

Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 19, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his group stage match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

At the moment, Djokovic is scheduled to play the semifinal of ATP Finals in Turin. He will be facing German tennis star Alexander Zverev. The German has already beaten him at the Tokyo Olympics this season.

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The winner will face Daniil Medvedev in the final, who qualified after beating Casper Ruud. If Nole reaches the final, it will be the fourth time Daniil and him meet in a final in 2021. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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