From Wimbledon to the US Open, here's a gallery reflecting Novak Djokovic's magical feat of 10 Grand Slam titles.
Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in four sets to win his second US Open and here Sport360 relives the dramatic final through some fun and impressive statistics.
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0 Times Roger Federer has beaten a World No.1 player in a slam final (0-4 record); 2009 AO – Nadal, 2011 RG – Nadal, 2015 WIM – Djokovic, 2015 USO – Djokovic
1 Grand Slam match lost by Novak Djokovic this year against Stan Wawrinka at the 2015 Roland Garros Final. His GS record is 27-1 this season; better than Serena’s record 26-1. Only Rod Laver (26-0, 1969) & Jimmy Connors (20-0, 1974) have better records than his. Roger also managed a 27-1 GS record in 2006.
2nd US Open Title for Novak joining the likes of Agassi, Nadal, Rafter and Edberg to have won 2 USO titles in the Open-Era. Roger, Sampras & Connors lead the way with 5 titles at Flushing Meadows. Novak also managed to win his 2nd Wimbledon-USO double (also in 2011) and his 2nd AO-USO double (also in 2011).
3 Novak joins the exclusive club of players to have won 3 slams in a single calendar season
2015 Novak Djokovic (AUS, Wim, US)
2011 Novak Djokovic (AUS, Wim, US)
2010 Rafael Nadal (FRA, Wim, US)
2007 Roger Federer (AUS, Wim, US)
2006 Roger Federer (AUS, Wim, US)
2004 Roger Federer (AUS, Wim, US)
1988 Mats Wilander (AUS, FRA, US)
1974 Jimmy Connors (AUS, Wim, US)
1969 Rod Laver (AUS, FRA, Wim, US)
This was also Djokovic’s 3rd win over Roger in a GS Final (3-1 in major finals). Only Rafael Nadal’s beaten Roger more times in major finals – 6 times (6-2). Also it was the 1st time Roger has lost 3 slam finals in a row he had contested (2014 WIM, 2015 WIM, 2015 USO).
4 Major wins for Novak since adding German legend Boris Becker to his team and as his coach & mentor (4-2 record in slam finals; 2014 WIM, 2015 AO, 2015 WIM, 2015 USO). Novak also reached all the 4 slam finals in one season; the 3rd man to achieve this feat in the Open-Era (Laver – 1969; Federer – 2006, 2007, 2009).
5 Years since Roger, the 5-time US Open champion, had won a hard-court major (2010 AO). Also it was Novak’s 5 straight year with a major (2011-2015; the best active streak). Nadal holds the overall record with 10 seasons with atleast 1 major (2005-2014; the streak ended at the 2015 USO).
6th US Open final for the World No.1 (2-4 in USO finals). Also only 6 players have won multiple titles at 3 slam events. No man has won a multiple career slam (multiple titles at all events).
|Roger Federer (SUI)||4||1||7||5||17|
|Pete Sampras (USA)||2||0||7||5||14|
|Rafael Nadal (ESP)||1||9||2||2||14|
|Novak Djokovic (SRB)||5||0||3||2||10|
|Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA)||2||3||0||3||8|
|Stefan Edberg (SWE)||2||0||2||2||6|
7th Hard-court slam for Novak (5 AO, 2 USO) tying him with Pete Sampras (2 AO, 5 USO) for the 2nd position for majors on hard. Roger leads the way with 9 (4 AO, 5 USO). Also this was Roger’s 7th USO final (5-2 record; 2004-2008 champion; 2009 – lost to Del Potro; 2015 – lost to Djokovic).
8 Slams since Roger Federer hired Swedish legend Stefan Edberg (0-8 since hiring Edberg). Also this was Roger’s 8th match against a World No.1 (1-7 record). Only win against Novak at the 2012 WIM SF.
9 Consecutive SF appearances for the Serbian (2007-2015) only behind Connors (12 consecutive SF). Novak’s also won 9 majors since 2011 (9 out of max.20).
10 Major titles for Novak overall joining the double-digit or the 10 major club.
|1||Roger Federer (SUI)||4||1||7||5||17|
|2||Pete Sampras (USA)||2||0||7||5||14|
|Rafael Nadal (ESP)||1||9||2||2||14|
|4||Roy Emerson (AUS)||6||2||2||2||12|
|5||Rod Laver (AUS)||3||2||4||2||11|
|Bjorn Borg (SWE)||0||6||5||0||11|
|7||Bill Tilden (USA)||0||0||3||7||10|
|Novak Djokovic (SRB)||5||0||3||2||10|
11 Consecutive Finals reached since his loss at the QF of the 2015 Qatar Open (l. to Karlovic). He owns a 7-4 record in finals (AO, IW, Miami, MC, Rome, WIM, USO). Lendl holds the record for the most consecutive finals played – 18.
12 Major event finals (Masters, World Tour Finals, Majors) reached by Novak since 2014 Shanghai Masters (lost to Federer in SF). The finals include – 2014 – Paris, WTF; 2015 – AO, IW, Miami, MC, Rome, Roland Garros, WIM, Canada, Cincinnati, USO (skipped Madrid).
14th Meeting between Roger & Novak in a GS event (Novak leads 8-6); the most meetings in a major in the Open-Era (Rafa-Novak are 2nd with 13 followed by Roger-Rafa with 11).
15th Hard-court win for Novak over Roger. Roger leads the count on hard with 16-15.
16 Slam finals for Novak since 2010 USO final; 16 out of the last 21 GS Finals overall. Federer reached 18 of 19 from 2005 Wimbledon-2010 Australian Open (also 18 of 21).
26 Slams between Roger and Novak prior to the start of the match (most combined slam tally men’s final).
27 Hard-court titles won by Djokovic since the start of the 2011 season. Djokovic has won more titles (27) on hard courts than he’s lost matches (25). Here is a look at his impressive record:
28 Sets won by Federer since falling to Djokovic in the Wimbledon Final. Federer has not dropped a set, sweeping his seventh ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati title and his first six matches at the US Open. Federer’s 28-set winning streak matches the third-best of his career.
34 Year-old Federer, who is the oldest Grand Slam semi-finalist since Jonas Bjorkman reached the final four at Wimbledon in 2006, is also the oldest Open Era Grand Slam finalist since Andre Agassi, then 35, reached the final at Flushing Meadows in 2005.
50% is the head-to-head between Roger and Novak (21-21). Roger now has a positive record only against Murray amongst the Big 4 brethren whereas Novak only trails Nadal.
93% is the win-loss ratio for Novak this season (63-5; 92.65%) which is 6th on the all-time list (season yet to be finish).
Wimbledon Final Rematch – For just the 2nd time since 1981 and 6th time in the Open Era, the US Open final is a rematch of the Wimbledon final (Rafa-Novak in 2011).
1163 Days since Roger Federer last won a grand slam title (8-Jul-12; Wimbledon 2012). The wait for No.18 goes on.
There’s no denying that tennis nowadays is very different from what we typically associate with the classic idea of the game.
The surfaces are slower, rallies are longer, racquets are lighter, courts have Hawk-Eye, players share tweets, competitors are fitter and champions are notably older.
Three of the four US Open men’s and women’s singles finalists are 32 and above, and almost every tournament that comes by breaks a record or two in the age department.
Serena Williams is the oldest female world No1, Flavia Pennetta is the oldest first-time grand slam champion, Roger Federer is the oldest Wimbledon champion in 41 years… the list goes on and on.
Many see this is as a cause for concern regarding the future of the sport, considering there aren’t that many youngsters breaking through in a major way, while others feel that a tour dominated by veterans makes for repetitive storylines and boring scenarios.
But after witnessing the stunning runs of Italian duo Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci at the US Open, even the strongest of critics must realise how inspiring tennis is at the moment.
Tennis has had its fair share of teenage fairytales. Martina Hingis, Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Michael Chang… even Serena Williams. They all won their first majors aged 18 or less.
The sight of a teenager freaking out on a tennis court after winning a grand slam has been a familiar one and it has undoubtedly led thousands of youngsters to pick up a tennis racquet and dare to dream.
But what about what Pennetta and Vinci just did or what Serena and Venus Williams continue to accomplish? And what about Federer who is standing firmly as the second best player on the planet at the age of 34?
People like Hingis and Becker may have inspired young generations but it’s fair to say that the current veterans of the game are inspiring everyone no matter the age bracket.
Pennetta winning her first major at 33 – just in the nick of time before retiring from the sport – and Serena ruling the game and winning four slams in a row right before she turns 34, is giving millions of people the feeling that they could really accomplish anything at any age, not just on a tennis court but in any chosen career.
If Federer can get fitter and better in his mid-30s then why can’t we all strive to do more as we get older?
Per WTA: Hingis is the third active player to hit 20 major titles (singles, doubles, mixed doubles) – Serena has 36, Venus has 22.
— Tennis View Magazine (@TennisViewMag) September 13, 2015
We hear the phrase ‘it’s never too late’ quite often but it’s much more effective when we get to see it embodied in real life. Hingis once dumped her doubles partner Jana Novotna calling her “too old and too slow” when the latter had gone north of 30. Such a statement could never stand in today’s version of tennis. The 30-year-olds are putting everyone to shame.
That’s not to say having young champions in tennis is a bad thing but the older ones at the top are setting better examples in every way.
For every wild Nick Kyrgios and anti-handshaking Eugenie Bouchard, there are people like Pennetta and Vinci who shared a bench together after the former beat the latter in the US Open final, showing the world that friendship and respect can still reign in sport. There is a model competitor like Federer and an ever-evolving Serena. A tireless David Ferrer and a humble Rafael Nadal. Yes tennis is ageing but at the moment, that is a blessing not a curse.