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Novak Djokovic and His $20 Million-Dollar Season

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Novak Djokovic celebrating after winning the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals (image via reuters)

Novak Djokovic’s record breaking season of 11 titles on the ATP World Tour hasn’t just confirmed his dominance on the tour. It has also generated him a fortune.

 

The combination of Djokovic triumphs in 1 ATP 500 tournament, 6 Masters tournaments, 3 Grand Slam’s and the season-ending championships have guaranteed that the Serbian has become the first player in history to earn $20 million within one season. In his final match of the year, the world No.1 defeated Roger Federer in straight sets to win his fourth consecutive ATP Finals title. The title has elevated his earnings to $18.77 million. The Serbian will also be awarded $2.825 million for ending the year as world No.1, bringing his season total to $21,595,000 according to figures provided by ESPN.

This figure doesn’t include endorsements or appearance fees. Earlier this year Forbes magazine listed Djokovic 13th in their list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. In June Forbes estimated that the Serbian receives $31 million in endorsements.

Overall Djokovic’s career prize money currently stands at $94,050,053 million according to the ATP World Tour, $3.25 million less than Roger Federer. The two players are currently competing against each other to become the first player in history to surpass the $100 million mark.

To put into context Djokovic’s massive achievement this year. Women’s No.1 Serena Williams has won five tournaments this year, including three Grand Slam titles. Despite the trio of slam titles, Williams earned almost half the amount that Djokovic has with $10,582,642. Williams holds the WTA record of the highest earning season on the Women’s tour with $12,385,572 in 2013, which is still over $9 million adrift from Djokovic’s 2015 prize packet.

Shortly after his win at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, the world No.1 reviewed his sensational season.

“This season definitely stands out. I can’t say I expected it, not at all. But I always gave my best, and I’m always asking more from myself”. Djokovic said.
“I was always hoping that I can play this well throughout the entire season. Managing to reach this kind of season and achievement this year obviously gives me a lot of confidence for anything that is coming in the future”.

Djokovic will still be hungry for more success in 2016 with the Olympic games as well as another shot at the French Open title. Despite reaching the final in three out of the last four years, Djokovic is yet to with the title in Roland Garros.

Novak Djokovic’s 2015 titles
Australian Open
Indian Wells Masters
Miami Masters
Monte Carlo Masters
Rome Masters
Wimbledon 
U.S. Open 
Beijing (ATP 500)
Shanghai Masters
BNP Paribas Open Masters
ATP World Tour Finals

Note: Djokovic was also the runner-up at four other tournaments this year. These were the Cincinnatti Masters (lost to Roger Federer), Canadian Open (lost to Andy Murray), French Open (lost to Stan Wawrinka) and Dubai Open 500 (lost to Roger Federer).

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Alexander Zverev Insists Tennis Is In Good Hands After Generational Breakthrough In Shanghai

Alexander Zverev has praised his fellow next generation stars ahead of a bright future for tennis.

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Alexander Zverev has insisted that Tennis’ future looks good after a generational breakthrough in Shanghai. 

 

Last week saw a breakthrough in the next generation as all four semi-finalists in Shanghai were under the age of 24 years old.

It was the youngest semi-final line-up at a Masters 1000 for 12 years as both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic fell at the quarter-final stage.

Speaking after his loss to 23 year-old Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev thinks that Tennis’ future looks good without the ‘big three’, “The difference now this year than the last few years was I was the only young guy kind of up there,” Zverev admitted in his press conference in Shanghai.

“Now I see the other young guys. I see maybe still difference in, you know, how we act on court, how we behave on court, compared to the older guys. So before I didn’t pay attention to it because I was kind of the only one and the rest of it was fine.

“So I hope we, as young guys, we kind of understand that, we learn that, and, you know, then I think tennis will be just as interesting as it is now. And, you know, the Roger Federer fans or Rafa Nadal fans will fall in love with new players.

“I’m not saying it has to be me. I’m not saying it has to be anyone in particular. It may be a new superstar that we don’t even know about. But if we kind of learn the good things about those guys, I think this sport of tennis will be in very good hands.”

With the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger-Aliassime challenging Zverev at the top of the next generation pack, we are now in for an exciting next few years ahead at the top of the men’s game.

The next challenge though will be to see if they can translate this potential on the grand slam stage and beat Djokovic, Federer and Nadal when it really matters.

As for Zverev he looks to finish the season strong and book his place at the ATP World Tour Finals, where he won the title last year.

 

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Lorenzo Sonego to advance to the second round in Antwerp

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga broke once in each set in his 6-3 6-4 win in his 6-3 6-4 win over Lorenzo Sonego after 1 hour and 20 minutes improving his win-loss record over the Italian player to 2-0.

 

Tsonga got the first break at 15 in the fourth game and never looked back to win the opening set 6-3 after 31 minutes.

Sonego earned his only break in the fourth game of the second set, but Tsonga saved it before earning the decisive break. The Frenchman held on his service games to take the second set 6-4.

Tsonga will face either Gilles Simon or Steve Darcis in the second round.

Guido Pella fought back from one set down to beat Peter Gojowczyk 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-2) setting up a second round match against either Richard Gasquet or Soonwoon Kwon from South Korean Soonwoo Kwon.

Tipsarevic beats Moutet in Stockolm

 Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic broke serve four times in his 6-2 6-4 win over Corentin Moutet in 73 minutes. Tipsarevic, who will retire at the end of the season, will take on top seed Fabio Fognini. Tipsarevic went up a 3-0 lead with a double break. Moutet pulled back a break in the fourth game, but Tipsarevic broke for the third game to clinch the first set 6-2. Tipsarevic converted his third break point chance in the seventh game and held his final two service games to win the second set 6-4.

Great Britain’s Daniel Evans battled past Bernard Tomic 6-4 1-6 6-3 setting up a second round match against either Casper Ruud or Filip Krajinovic.

Italy’s Stefano Travaglia stunned US giant Reilly Opelka 7-5 4-6 6-4 securing his spot in the second round, where he will face either Yuichi Sugita from Japan or Elias Yimer from Sweden. Opelka had to save a break point in the first game with five aces. Both players went on serve until the 11th game when Travaglia got the break before serving out for the set at love. Travaglia saved a break point at 4-5 15-40 but Opelka converted his second chance to seal the second set 6-4. Travaglia got the decisive break in the ninth game and sealed the win on his first match point.

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Andreas Seppi fends off two match points to beat Christian Garin in Moscow

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Italian veteran Andreas Seppi came back from one set down to beat Chile’s Christian Garin 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4) in 2 hours and 45 minutes at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

 

Garin broke serve twice in the second and ninth games to win the opening set 6-3.  Seppi converted his second break point chance in the first game of the second set, but he wasted two break points at 5-4 and dropped his serve. Seppi saved two match points in the 12th game at 5-6 15-40 in the second set before winning the tie-break 7-2.

Garin broke serve in the fifth game to open up a 4-2 lead. Seppi broke straight back to draw level to 4-4, but he did not convert four match points at 6-5. Seppi won five of the final six points in the tie-break of the third set to close out the match.

Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol fended off two match points to beat Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (9-7) 6-3. Rosol came back from 4-6 in the tie-break of the second set by winning five of the next six points. The Czech player broke serve in the eighth game to win the third set 6-3.

Adrian Mannarino edged past Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 to improve his record in their head-to-head matches to 3-1. Dzumhur got the first break of the match in the opening game. Mannarino broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Dzumhur broke serve for the second time to take a 4-3 lead. Mannarino pulled the break back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 before winning the tie-break 7-2. The Frenchman cruised through to a 6-0 win in the third set with three consecutive breaks.

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