Wimbledon – 4 x 80: Novak Djokovic, still as “historic”

It is certainly not a match that will remain etched in Novak Djokovic’s personal guestbook. Without shining unduly, the Serb dismissed the South Korean Soonwoo Kwon, 81st in the world, in four sets (6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4) on Monday. But this success nevertheless allows him to achieve a unique performance in the history of men’s tennis.

The “Djoker” has indeed won his 80th victory at Wimbledon. A milestone he had already reached at the Australian Open (82 matches won), Roland-Garros (85) and the US Open (81). Paradoxically, it is therefore in Paris, where he has least often lifted the trophy (two titles, against three in New York, six in London and nine in Melbourne), that Djokovic totals the greatest number of victories.


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Above all, no one had yet reached this bar of 80 matches won in each of the four Grand Slam tournaments. If Roger Federer has more than 100 victories in both Australia and Wimbledon, the Swiss stopped at 73 at Roland-Garros. Rafael Nadal, he is… below 80 in all the Majors, except at Roland-Garros, of course. In the Open era, outside of the Big 3, Jimmy Connors is the only other player with such a flattering Grand Slam record. In two, even, as far as he is concerned (US Open and Wimbledon).

Novak Djokovic.

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Now let’s aim for the 100th!

Let’s summarize: 80 victories in the same Major? Federer has done it three times, Connors two, Nadal one, and the rest of the world never. Pete Sampras at Wimbledon or the US Open? No. Despite his seven successes at the All England Club, Pistol Pete peaked at 63 successes, and 71 at Flushing Meadows, his record. To get to 80, you not only have to earn a lot, but also a very, very long time. He missed the second element at Sampras, retirement at 31. Andre Agassi has had too many ups and downs. His record? 79 wins at the US Open.

Novak Djokovic, therefore, completed this very unofficial Grand Slam. A testament to both the permanence of its extravagant excellence and its impressive longevity. It ticks absolutely all the boxes. More and better than anyone. If “Nole” keeps its historical accounts, however, did not seem aware of this new achievement. He learned it on the Center Court, just after the meeting, before dropping a: “Now let’s aim for the 100th!

It won’t be for this year, or even the next. But after all, seeing it one day four hundred years old is not totally impossible. Nothing is with him, even if the year 2022, with his forced withdrawal from Australia, and perhaps another one to come at the US Open, does not make his life easier.


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