The 2021 season can be labeled as a record-breaking season for World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic is on the verge of breaking many records, especially the ones held by Roger Federer.
Among the ‘big 3’ of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, Federer and Djokovic hold the record for most consecutive quarterfinal appearances at a single Grand Slam.
Federer reached 11 consecutive quarterfinals at the Australian Open from 2004 to 2014. His quarterfinal run was thwarted in 2015 by Andreas Seppi in the third round. But between the same period, Federer also made 11 consecutive semifinal appearances at the Australian Open, winning four titles out of five finals.
Now, Djokovic is on the verge of breaking Federer’s consecutive quarterfinals record at a single Slam. Currently, Djokovic is level with Federer with 11 consecutive quarterfinal appearances at the French Open.
From 2010 to 2020, Djokovic has reached 11 consecutive quarterfinals at the French Open. If he reaches another quarterfinal at the French Open 2021, he will break Federer’s record.
It is surprising that Djokovic holds a French Open record that doesn’t belong to Nadal. Nadal’s consecutive quarterfinal streak at a single Grand Slam is six. It came at the French Open between 2010 and 2015.
The other high-profile record that Djokovic will most likely break in 2021 is Federer’s long-standing World No. 1 record. Currently, Federer holds the record for the most number of weeks as the World No. 1 with 310. But Djokovic is fast approaching the record and is scheduled to start his 311th week as World No. 1 on March 8, 2021.
Moreover, Djokovic has a slight chance of surpassing Federer and Nadal’s Grand Slam tally of 20. Djokovic finds himself on 17 Grand Slam titles, and if he wins all four Grand Slams this year, he will cross Federer and Nadal.