Novak Djokovic became just the 12th player to notch up 700 wins on the ATP Tour when he beat Malek Jaziri at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday.
The world number one joins Roger Federer (1,067) and Rafael Nadal (775) as the active players to completed the feat. Jimmy Connors tops the list with 1,254 wins, while Djokovic needs just 12 more wins to edge past his coach, Boris Becker, who currently sits in 11th spot on the list.
What makes Djokovic’s achievement all the more impressive is the time – or lack thereof – that it has taken him to win his last 100 matches. The Serb racked up ATP Tour win number 600 when he beat Milos Raonic in Paris on November 2, 2014, and he has since gone 100-6 to race to win number 700. In comparison, Federer has gone 76-15 in the same period, while Nadal is 69-24.
Djokovic’s ATP Tour win milestones:
|1st||2004 Bucharest, 1R||d. Arnaud Clement|
|100th||2007 Umag, 1R||d. Pablo Andujar|
|200th||2009 Indian Wells, 2R||d. Martin Vassallo Arguello|
|300th||2010 Cincinnati, 2R||d. Viktor Troicki|
|400th||2012 Australian Open, SF||d. Andy Murray|
|500th||2013 Roland Garros, 3R||d. Grigor Dimitrov|
|600th||2014 Paris, F||d. Milos Raonic|
|700th||2016 Dubai, 2R||d. Malek Jaziri|
“I have tried to use the confidence that I have had, especially in the past couple of years, to see where I can reach,” Djokovic told the official ATP Tour website.
“I’ve set a very high standard for myself. Being 28 and at the peak of my abilities, I have all the reasons to believe I can stay at the top as long as I can. I know I won’t stay there forever, but I am working hard and am very committed to maintain my lifestyle and sacrifice.”
(Statistics courtesy of the ATP)