Novak Djokovic created history in the final of the Wimbledon 2021 final. The Serb won his third Grand Slam of 2021 and joined Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in an elite list. Djokovic has already surpassed Federer and Nadal in the greatness factor. He is the only player in the history of the Open Era to have won all four Grand Slams two times or more. Djokovic has a better head-to-head record even against both Federer and Nadal. The wonderful thing about Djokovic is that he has had success with both Federer and Nadal on their favorite surfaces.
Following Djokovic‘s win in Wimbledon 2021, here is a look at some of the records that the Serbian has accumulated in this magnificent year.
3 – This is the third time that Novak Djokovic has won three Grand Slams in a calendar year. He won in 2011 and 2015. In both cases, he never won the French Open. This is the first time Djokovic has won on three different surfaces.
6 – Number of Wimbledon titles by Novak Djokovic. Federer has eight while Pete Sampras has a total of seven. Djokovic is the fourth person after Federer, Sampras and Bjorn Borg to achieve a hat-trick of Wimbledon titles. In the Amateur Era, Fred Perry had done it.
20 – Number of Grand Slam titles that Djokovic has won. This puts him level with Federer and Nadal.
2 – If Djokovic wins Olympic gold in Tokyo and clinches the US Open, he will be the first male player to have achieved the golden Grand Slam. Only Steffi Graf has achieved this in the history of Tennis when she won all four Grand Slams and the gold in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
1 – Only one person in the history of the Open Era has won the Calendar Grand Slam. Rod Laver won all four Grand Slams in 1969 during the Open Era. If Djokovic wins US Open, he will be the second.
5 – It may be a long shot but Djokovic is on the cusp of becoming the player with the most Grand Slam wins in the history of Tennis. He needs only five more Grand Slam wins to go past Margaret Court’s tally of 24 Grand Slams.
6 – Number of players who have won 20 or more Grand Slam titles. There are three women and three men. Court, Serena Williams, Steffi Graf are the three female players with 24, 23 and 22 titles. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have 20 each.
With Djokovic poised to create more history, former Tennis greats John McEnroe and Mats Wilander believe he will rewrite the history books.
“I am going to say Federer is not winning another one. Nadal wins one more and Novak wins four or five more,” McEnroe told the BBC. Wilander agreed and said Djokovic could win close to or above 25 years. Goran Ivanisevic, who won Wimbledon in 2001 and is currently training Djokovic, believes that the debate over the greatest Tennis player of all time will end by the US Open if Djokovic wins it.