Records continue to tumble around Djokovic

Novak Djokovic’s win over Andy Murray in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday broke another record.

The world number one was tied with Rafael Nadal on 28 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, Sunday’s victory sees him move to 29 titles, where he stands alone.

Below him on the list are some of tennis’ biggest names, including Roger Federer (24), Ivan Lendl (22), John McEnroe (19), Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi (17 each).

To give you an idea of the scope of Djokovic’s brilliance, here are some other statistics where he’s in splendid isolation.

– Highest hard court match winning percentage at 88.4

– Most Masters 1000 events won in one season with six

– 31 consecutive Masters 1000 match wins

– Defeated all top ten players in one season

– 15 straight finals reached in a season

– Four consecutive years ended at world number one

– All time prize money leader with $99 272 343

– Ten top tier tournaments won in a season

– Six Australian Open titles, with three being consecutive

And the list really does go on and on…

Should the 28-year-old’s seemingly perpetual purple patch of form continue, we can expect many more records to fall.

We suspect the big records floating around Djokovic’s head will be those involving majors. With 11 grand slam titles to his name, he is one behind Roy Emerson, three behind Nadal and six behind leader Federer.

So while Djokovic is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he still has some work to do on the grand slam front. He needs to look no further than the upcoming French Open, an event where he has reached the final three times but failed to convert.

Should Djokovic chalk up a win at Roland Garros, he would become just the fifth man in history to achieve the career grand slam after Rod Laver, Agassi, Federer and Nadal.

Surely that moment is just around the corner for the indomitable Serb…

Doug Mattushek

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