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New Record for Novak Djokovic

20/09/21

- Grant Whittington

Even though Novak Djokovic didn’t complete the Calendar-Year Grand Slam at this year’s U.S Open, this was still a time full of record breaking and remarkable accomplishments. He is without a doubt the only man in fifty two years to come this close to a Calendar Slam.

Djokovic won his first three majors to start the season off, and he went on to reach the final of the fourth season too. This is a phenomenal accomplishment, especially considering his two biggest competitors (Nadal and Federer) weren’t able to reach these heights.

This year Novak Djokovic became the first male player to win the first three majors of the year since 1969 when Rod Laver claimed the Calendar-Year Grand Slam title. This year was also Novak’s ninth U.S Open, this is the most of any man in the Open Era.

He tied with Roger Federer this year for thirty one Grand Slam finals. When Djokovic won against Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals, it marked his two hundred and twenty fifth top ten win. This leaves Federer in second place with two hundred and twenty four wins, and Nadal in third with one hundred and seventy eight.

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Record Breaking Performance

His first round match was against Holger Rune where he dropped the second set. He went on to lose the first set of four straight matches to Kei Nishikori, Jenson Brooskby, Matteo Berrettini and finally Zverev.

In all of this, Djokovic joined only one other man who has ever come back from a set like this in an attempt to get to a major final. This man was Quincy Shaw who played in the 1889 U.S Open, a whole one hundred and thirty two years ago.

Another first for Novak was the fact that he got four wins from a set down. This was also the first time he had ever lost 6 sets whilst on his way to a major final.

Djokovic Vs Medvedev

Novak had his work cut out for him with World Number two Danill Medvedev as his opposition. Medvedev is the leader in the ATP tour for hard court titles, finals and wins for the past three years. Djokovic has played eighty two players when he has been in the Number one ranked spot and Medvedev is the only one to have a winning record when playing against Novak.

Djokovic showed his immense talent and skill during his fortnight in the tournament. He got so close to securing the Calendar-Year Grand Slam, only three sets away.

He may not have walked away with a win last weekend, but there is no doubt that Novak Djokovic has only one place to go, and that is up

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