Novak Djokovic Leads Over Rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Incredible Tennis Records

Published 02/19/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his semi final match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic established himself as one of the most successful players in men’s history. Over the past decade, the Serbian superstar emerged as the most outstanding player. Djokovic won 16 of his 17 Grand Slam titles during the period from 2011-2020. He is certain to increase that tally in the years to come. 

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Novak managed to create an identity for himself in the same era dominated by Federer and Nadal. As of today, the Serb leads his Swiss and Spanish rivals in a number of statistics. He lies ahead of them in the head-to-head record (Novak 27-23 Federer and Novak 29-27 Rafa). He’s won more ATP Masters 1000 titles, winning 36 titles as compared to Nadal’s 35 titles, and Federer’s 28 titles.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Rafael Nadal of Spain shows his emotions after his straight sets defeat by Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men’s singles semi final match on day seven of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic Will Be World No. 1 for Most Number of Weeks in Men’s History

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He ended the year as the world’s top-ranked player on six occasions, surpassing Federer and Nadal at five each. In a few week’s time, he will surge ahead of Roger Federer in being the World No. 1 for the most number of weeks. On the 8th of March 2021, Novak Djokovic will be the World No. 1 player for the highest number of weeks in the history of men’s tennis. 

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At the moment, the 33-year-old player is defending his title at the Australian Open. He did suffer from a muscle problem on the right side of his abdomen but as he advanced into the tournament he seemed more at ease executing his gameplay. 

LONDON, ENGLAND:Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland at the net following victory in 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 Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

After beating, Aslan Karatsev in the semifinal yesterday, the Serbian ace awaits the winner of the second semifinal match between Russia’s Daniil Medvedev and the Greek, Stefanos Tsitsipas. The final will take place on Sunday. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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