The club, which boasts 20 Grand Slam titles, was expanded on Sunday. After winning Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic joined Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Is the Serbian player now the best player ever? In any case, the numbers speak in his favour.
For Novak Djokovic, this was his sixth Wimbledon win on Sunday. In doing so, the Serbian scored 20 Grand Slam titles in the final of 30 Grand Slams, as did other living legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
And while the Three Musketeers are still balancing each other at the moment, Djokovic’s palms look more diverse and complete than Federer and Nadal.
The Serbian has won all of his Grand Slam titles at least twice, which is something Federer and Nadal cannot say. Federer was only 1x better at Roland Garros, while Rafael Nadal managed to win only once at the Australian Open.
Djokovic also has a chance of achieving a ‘Grand Slam’ later this summer: winning four Grand Slam tournaments in one calendar year. If the Serbian wins the US Open, he will only be the second man to succeed. Only Australian Rod Laver did it twice: in 1962 and 1969.
Will Novak Djokovic soon join Rod Laver?
Djokovic also does a better job in duels
In terms of victories in the Grand Slam, he keeps up with Djokovic, Federer and Nadal, but in the Masters 1000 Djokovic has the upper hand over his comrades. He’s won at least twice in every Masters 1000 tournament. Federer and Nadal haven’t succeeded even once.
In the duels, Djokovic also has a (minor) advantage over Federer and Nadal. The Serbian has won 27 of his 50 matches against Federer (54%) and 30 of his 58 matches against Nadal (52%).
Moreover, at the age of 34, it seems that Djokovic has the best cards to add more Grand Slam titles. Federer turned 40 on August 8, and Nadal turned 35. Federer’s last Grand Slam victory dates back to January 2018. Nadal won Roland Garros last year, but his physical style of play has put a lot of pressure on his body for years. How long will it last?
So the cards look favorable for Djokovic to leave Federer and Nadal behind for good. Or is the Serbs slowing down at the hands of one of the men of the new generation? Djokovic has his first date with history at the US Open in September.
Novak Djokovic Grand Slam titles
- 9x Australian Open: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021
- 2x Roland Garros: 2016, 2021
- 6x Wimbledon: 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021
- 3 times US Open: 2011, 2015, 2018
Roger Federer Grand Slam titles
- 6x Australian Open: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018
- 1x Roland Garros: 2009
- 8x Wimbledon: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017
- US Open 5x: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Rafael Nadal Grand Slam titles
- 1x Australian Open: 2009
- 13x Roland Garros: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- 2x Wimbledon: 2008, 2010
- 4x US Open: 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019