Novak Djokovic, often referred to as the “GOAT” (Greatest of All Time) of tennis, has once again demonstrated his remarkable skills and unrivaled career in the sport. At the age of 36, he secured his 23rd Grand Slam singles title with a spectacular victory in the French Open final, outshining his long-time rival Rafael Nadal and continuing to add to his already impressive list of achievements. Let’s dive into the numbers and explore what makes Djokovic a true legend of tennis.
Djokovic’s career prize money is an astonishing $170 million, setting a new benchmark in the world of tennis. His earnings on the court far surpass those of his competitors, with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer trailing behind at $135 million and $131 million, respectively. These figures are a testament to his consistency and dominance in the sport. Djokovic also holds the record for the ATP Tour’s single-season prize money, raking in an incredible $21.6 million in 2015, with $5.1 million and counting in 2023.
Off the court, Djokovic’s earnings from endorsements, appearances, licensing, and memorabilia have reached an impressive $340 million. While this figure puts him in close competition with Nadal’s estimated $390 million, both are overshadowed by the legendary Federer, who amassed over $990 million before his retirement in 2022. Federer stands among a select group of athletes who have exceeded $1 billion in total earnings while still active in their respective sports.
Grand Slam Glory
Djokovic’s 23 Grand Slam titles firmly establish his place in tennis history. Notably, he holds three French Open titles, a rare feat that only Nadal and Björn Borg have surpassed. Additionally, Djokovic is the only men’s player to have won each of the four major tournaments (Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open, and U.S. Open) at least three times. His impressive record stands out against Federer, who claimed a single French Open title in 2009, and Nadal, who has won two titles in both the Australian Open and the U.S. Open. The only other men’s player to win all four majors even once in the open era is Andre Agassi.
At 36 years and 20 days old, Djokovic made history as the oldest champion in the French Open. He surpassed Nadal’s record set just a year ago at 36 years and 2 days. Djokovic’s age-defying performances continue to awe the tennis world, proving that excellence knows no age.
Reigning as Number One
Djokovic’s reign as the world’s top-ranked singles player is a testament to his consistency and dominance. He has spent a staggering 387 weeks at the top, surpassing Federer’s 310 weeks and even edging out Steffi Graf’s all-time high of 377 weeks. Djokovic is set to add another week to this tally, retaking the top spot from Carlos Alcaraz. While Federer holds the record for consecutive weeks at No. 1 with 237, Djokovic’s best streak was an impressive 122 weeks, from 2014 to 2016.
Year-End Number One
Djokovic’s remarkable career includes finishing as the ATP Tour’s No. 1 player for an astounding seven years, a record in itself. Both Federer and Nadal have achieved this feat five times, trailing second-place Pete Sampras by one year. Djokovic’s consistency in maintaining his top ranking year after year solidifies his status as a tennis legend.
Master of Masters 1000 Events
Djokovic’s mastery extends to Masters 1000 events, the most prestigious tournaments outside of the Grand Slams. He holds the record with 38 titles, surpassing Nadal’s 36 and Federer’s 28. Djokovic is the only player to have won each of these nine events, a feat he has accomplished twice. His dominance in this category sets him apart from his competitors.
Djokovic boasts the best career match-winning percentage in ATP Tour history at 83.4%, edging out Nadal, Borg, and Federer. With 1,058 singles victories, he ranks fifth on the ATP’s all-time list, trailing Connors, Federer, Nadal, and Lendl. His 245 wins against top-ten-ranked players set an ATP record, surpassing Federer and Nadal.
In conclusion, Novak Djokovic’s tennis career is a testament to his unparalleled greatness in the sport. His records, titles, and longevity on the court have solidified his status as one of the greatest athletes in tennis history. As he continues to add to his Grand Slam collection and achieve milestones, Djokovic’s legacy as a true tennis legend remains undisputed.