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Six Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal records Novak Djokovic can aim to beat after No 1 feat

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Six Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal records Novak Djokovic can aim to beat after No 1 feat

Six Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal records Novak Djokovic can aim to beat after No 1 feat (Image: GETTY)

Novak Djokovic overtook Roger Federer for the most weeks ranked world No 1 on Monday, having now sat atop the ATP rankings for an unbeaten 311 weeks. It is an incredibly impressive achievement given he only first topped the rankings in July 2011, less than 10 years ago. The Serbian, who won the Australian Open last month to claim his 18th Grand Slam success, has made it clear that surpassing Federer’s tally was a major career goal – so which other records could 33-year-old Djokovic now set his sights on as he enters the final years of his career still at his peak?

Most Grand Slams

The most obvious one in the race to be considered ‘the Greatest of All Time’ (GOAT). Federer and Rafael Nadal both sit on 20 Slams a piece.

The Spaniard is likely to make it 21 in the French Open before the summer, with the ‘King of Clay’ a 13-time winner at Roland Garros.

Federer meanwhile may harbour hopes of extending his tally at Wimbledon, where Djokovic is his biggest rival.

If the Serb can win Wimbledon and the US Open to seal three Slams in 2021, a feat he also managed in 2011 and 2015, then he’ll be on 20 and in position to draw level with Nadal at next year’s Australian Open.

At one year younger than Nadal and six younger than Federer, Djokovic will fancy his chances of amassing the most Slams.

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Six Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal records Novak Djokovic can aim to beat after No 1 feat

Six Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal records Novak Djokovic can aim to beat after No 1 feat (Image: GETTY)

Most Wimbledon and US Open triumphs

Djokovic’s latest Australian Open triumph was his ninth, extending his record as the most successful player in the history of the Melbourne Slam.

He is on a three-year winning streak, the same run he managed between 2011 and 2013, and is 82-8 at the tournament.

But at Wimbledon, Djokovic’s five triumphs is still three behind Federer, who has enjoyed an unparalleled eight wins at SW19.

At the US Open Djokovic is a three-time champion with Federer on five alongside Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors.

It is not unthinkable that the world No 1 could catch Federer at both Slams, though it would be difficult if Federer was to win Wimbledon again this year.

Six Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal records Novak Djokovic can aim to beat after No 1 feat

Six Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal records Novak Djokovic can aim to beat after No 1 feat (Image: GETTY)

Most titles

Right now the question is whether Federer, 39, can catch Jimmy Connors’ all-time ATP record of 109 titles, with Federer on 103.

Nadal, at 34, is on 86 while Djokovic – who has won more Masters 1000 tournaments than any other player ever – is on 82.

Reaching a century is more than doable for the Serbian but whether he can then eke enough out of himself to overtake American Connors remains to be seen.

He has averaged 5.4 titles a season across his 15 seasons before this one – and already has one in 2021 after Australia.

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Six Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal records Novak Djokovic can aim to beat after No 1 feat

Six Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal records Novak Djokovic can aim to beat after No 1 feat (Image: GETTY)

Most Grand Slam clay and hard-court wins

As he racks up more Slam glories, Djokovic will naturally improve his win count on the game’s various surfaces too.

Remarkably despite Nadal’s relentless dominance of the French Open, Djokovic is only 26 wins behind the Spaniard (100 victories) at Roland Garros.

Whether that makes the Spaniard catchable in terms of match victories in Paris remains to be seen.

Djokovic is on 157 hard-court victories, meanwhile, second only to Federer on 191.

On the grass, Connors’ 107 is the all-time record with Federer behind him on 101. Djokovic is well off of Connors, on 72.

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The Calendar Slam

One thing neither Federer or Nadal have ever managed is to win all four Slams in the same calendar year.

Federer has come close, winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in 2004, 2006 and 2007 – but has only ever won the French Open once, in 2009.

Nadal likewise picked up three Slams in 2010 but was denied a clean sweep by Federer in the year-opening Slam in Melbourne.

Djokovic like Federer was triumphant at all three slams bar the French in both 2011 and 2015.

But at a year younger than Nadal and with a strong French Open win record, though he has not lifted the title as many times as his rival, can Djokovic become the only man after Rod Laver in 1969 to win a Calendar Slam? A big ask, but not a completely impossible one.

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Six Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal records Novak Djokovic can aim to beat after No 1 feat

Six Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal records Novak Djokovic can aim to beat after No 1 feat (Image: GETTY)

Most wins

Unsurprisingly Federer’s lengthy career and sensational success means he boasts the most wins of all time in the Open Era.

The Swiss icon has racked up 782 match victories and may reach 800 ahead of his return from 14 months out due to injury.

Djokovic is on 613 but has a higher win rate, at 84.3 per cent to Federer’s 83.5 per cent.

And so if he can play another four or five years, Djokovic – who was 41-5 in 2020 and 57-11 in 2019 – will likely catch the veteran.

Djokovic is already primed to overtake Federer for most top 10 wins, with 218 to the 20-time Grand Slam winner’s 224.



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