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Four Milestones Novak Djokovic Could Achieve At Wimbledon

In his 16th main draw appearance at the Championships, the 34-year-old has the potential to rewrite the record books for multiple reasons.

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Novak Djokovic with the 2019 Wimbledon trophy (photo via Wimbledon Twitter)

In his hunt for all-time greatness Novak Djokovic returns to the grand Slam where he won back-to-back matches for the first time in his record-breaking career.

 

After coming through qualifying in 2005, Djokovic defeated Juan Monaco and Guillermo Garcia Lopez before falling to fifth seed Sebastian Grosjean. The run elevated the Serbian into the world’s top 100 for the first time in his career at the age of 18. Since then, Djokovic has established himself as one of the sports all-time greats and has held the world No.1 position more weeks than any other player on the ATP Tour. At Wimbledon specifically, he has already clinched the title five times and currently holds a 88% win rate (72 wins against 10 losses).

This year he will be hoping to continue what has been an undefeated run in the majors so far. Should he prevail at SW19 once again, he will rewrite the record books for multiple reasons.

Here are four records and milestones that are at stake for Djokovic.

1.The all-time Grand Slam record

Wimbledon provides Djokovic with the opportunity for him to achieve an accolade he has been chasing after in recent times. Should he prevail at The All England Club he will claim his 20th Grand Slam title and equal the men’s all-time record which is currently shared by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“Grand Slams are the biggest motivation I have right now at this stage of my career,” Djokovic told reporters on Saturday. “I want to try to make the most out of Grand Slams as I possibly can. I’m trying to peak at the majors. I’ve been managing to do that throughout my career. I’ve had the fortune to really play my best tennis when it mattered the most I think.”

Should he claim his 20th major trophy, Djokovic will move into fourth place for most won among men and women. Margaret Court currently leads the list with 24, followed by Serena Williams (23) and Stefi Graf (22).

2.The Wimbledon hat-trick

On a 14-match winning streak at Wimbledon, Djokovic is bidding to win the tournament for the third consecutive time after 2018 and 2019. Last year’s edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Should he do so, the Serbian would become only the fourth man in the Open Era to do so.

Pete Sampras was undefeated between 1997-2000, Bjorn Borg won five straight titles between 1976-2018 and Federer was dominant between 2003-2007. Overall, only 10 men have managed to defend their title at Wimbledon in the Open Era.

3.The Grand Slam trio

Following his successes at the Australian Open and French Open, Djokovic could become the first player in over 50 years to win the first three Grand Slams of the season. The last to do so was Rod Laver in 1969 who went on to win the Calendar Grand Slam for the second time in his career after 1962. The only other players to have ever achieved the milestone was Jack Crawford in 1933, Don Budge in 1938 and Lew Hoad in 1956.

4.Paris-London double

It has been more than a decade since a male player won the French Open before going on to triumph at Wimbledon the same year. The last player to do so was Rafael Nadal back in 2010 who scored the double for a second time in his career after 2008. Laver, Borg and Federer are the only other men to have achieved the milestone in the Open Era.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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