Exactly a week after Andy Murray reached the milestone it is Novak Djokovic’s turn to celebrate his 33rd birthday.
The world No.1 has managed to establish himself as one of the sports all-time greats with 79 ATP titles to his name, including 17 grand slams. He has held the top spot on the ATP rankings for 282 weeks and is also a former Davis Cup champion. To mark Djokovic’s birthday, here are 10 facts you may not know about his record-breaking career.
- Djokovic is the only man in the Open Era to have won grand slam titles over three different decades. Between 2000-2009 he won his maiden grand slam at the 2008 Australian Open, a further 15 during 2010-2019 and one so far in the 2020s. Historically the only other man to ever achieve this milestone was Ken Rosewall between 1953-1972.
- The most successful grand slam for the Serbian has been the Australian Open which he has won a record eight times. He is only the third man to win the same grand slam eight or more times. The other two are Rafael Nadal with 12 French Open titles and Roger Federer with eight at Wimbledon.
- In 2018 Djokovic won the Cincinnati Masters for the first time in his career. By doing so the Serbian became the first and so far only man to have won each of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments at least once since the series was introduced back in 1990. Overall, he has 34 Masters titles to his name to place him second on the all-time list behind Nadal (35). He is also one of only three players to have earned more than 300 wins in those events with his win-loss record currently standing at 355-79.
Djokovic’s Masters titles
Indian Wells – 5
Miami – 6
Monte Carlo – 2
Madrid – 3
Rome – 4
Rogers Cup – 4
Cincinnati – 1
Shanghai – 4
- No other player – male or female – has won more prize money than Djokovic in the history of the sport. His current earnings stand at $143,631,560. $13M more than second place Federer and 50M more than women’s record holder Serena Williams. During 2015 alone, he made a season record earnings of $21,646,145.
- He is only the sixth player to record 900 wins on the ATP Tour in history. Djokovic achieved the milestone earlier this year at the Australian Open. Coincidentally, his win-loss record on his 900th victory was identical to rival Nadal with 900-187 (.829 winning rate). That figure is higher than Federer who posted a winning rate of 900-204 on his 900th victory (815 winning rate). So far in his career, Djokovic has won 911 matches.
The 900 wins club
1) Jimmy Connors (USA)
2) Roger Federer (SUI)
3) Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA)
4) Rafael Nadal (ESP)
5) Guillermo Vilas (ARG)
6) Novak Djokovic (SRB)
- Renowned for being a member of the prestigious Big Three there have been numerous arguments for and against which player should be called the Greatest Of All Time. Although Djokovic is the only member of the trio to currently have a winning record against the other two. He leads Nadal 29-26 and Federer 27-23. In grand slam finals alone, he boasts a winning 8-5 record against his two rivals.
The Big Three head-to-head
Djokovic Nadal Federer Djokovic N/A 29-26 27-23 Nadal 26-29 N/A 24-16 Federer 23-27 16-26 N/A
- Whilst he doesn’t have the record for most titles won at the end-of-season ATP Finals, he is still the first and only person to have ever won the tournament four years in a row between 2012-2015. During that period he won 19 out of 20 matches played with his only loss being to Federer in 2015 during the round-robin stages. Overall Djokovic has won the ATP Finals five times (also champion in 2008), which is second behind Federer’s record of six trophies.
- A three-time Olympian, Djokovic remains the first and only Serbian player to have won an Olympic medal. He achieved the accolade at the 2008 Beijing Games where he defeated James Blake in the bronze medal play-off. Four years later he finished in fourth place after falling in straight sets to Juan Martin del Potro. The same player who knocked him out in the first round of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Djokovic’s 2008 triumph makes him one of the first three Serbian athletes to win an Olympic medal since the country declared independence during the early 1990s.
- Against top-10 opposition, the world No.1 has impressively won 212 out of 309 meetings. Working out at a winning rate of 0.686 on the Career Fedex Index. This is a higher rate than both Federer (224-123/0.646) and Nadal (171-92/0.650). Out of those 212 wins, 14 of them were against players ranked No.1 in the world at the time.
- In 2016 Djokovic finally won his maiden French Open title in Paris. The triumph rewarded him with the unique honour of being the title holder of all four grand slam tournaments at the same time. Something that has only ever been achieved three times before on the men’s tour by Rod Laver (1962, 1969) and Ron Budge (1937 Wimbledon-1938 US Champs).
Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo
World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo.
Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina.
Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown.
Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead.
Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2.
Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4.
Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.
“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit.
Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo
Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117 Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2.
Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5.
Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2.
Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets.
Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco.
Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point.
Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games.
Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance.
“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi.
Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open.
The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai.
Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006.
“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit.
Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia
ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital.
The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October).
“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi.
During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.
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