Novak Djokovic extended his lead in the ‘Big Titles’ race to three on Sunday when he defeated Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 for the Australian Open title.
The World No. 1 now owns 59 ‘Big Titles’, moving three clear of Rafael Nadal, who has 56, and five ahead of Roger Federer, who owns 54. A ‘Big Title’ is a trophy at a Grand Slam championship, the Nitto ATP Finals, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament or an Olympic singles gold medal.
Djokovic has now won at least one ‘Big Title’ in nine of the past 10 seasons. The Serbian, who earned his 18th major crown Sunday inside Rod Laver Arena, is now within two trophies of Federer and Nadal on the Grand Slam titles leaderboard.
This is a record-extending ninth Australian Open title for the Serbian. Nobody else in history has claimed more than six trophies at the tournament.
Djokovic continues to lead the pack in ‘Big Titles’ win-rate at one title won per 3.3 events played (59/194). Nadal has triumphed once for every 3.4 tournaments played at this levels (56/191). Only two other players have converted more than once per five events: Roger Federer (4.4, 54/237) and Pete Sampras (4.9, 30/147).
Current and Former Champions’ Big Titles Won (Records Since 1990)
|Player||Grand Slams||Nitto ATP Finals||1000s||Total^ (Avg)|
|Novak Djokovic||18/63||5/12||36/116||59/194 (3.3)|
|Rafael Nadal||20/60||0/9||35/120||56/191 (3.4)|
|Roger Federer||20/79||6/16||28/138||54/237 (4.4)|
|Pete Sampras||14/52||5/11||11/83||30/147 (4.9)|
|Andre Agassi||8/61||1/13||17/90||27/164 (6.1)|
|Andy Murray||3/50||1/8||14/100||20/161 (8.0)|
|Boris Becker*||2/26||2/6||5/51||9/84 (9.3)|
|Thomas Muster||1/29||0/4||8/53||9/87 (9.7)|
|Stefan Edberg**||3/28||0/4||4/45||7/79 (11.3)|
|Gustavo Kuerten||3/33||1/3||5/67||9/105 (11.6)|
|Jim Courier||4/38||0/4||5/71||9/114 (12.6)|
|Marcelo Rios||0/26||0/1||5/56||5/84 (16.8)|
|Marat Safin||2/41||0/3||5/87||7/133 (19)|
|Michael Chang***||0/50||0/6||7/86||7/144 (20.6)|
|Andy Roddick||1/46||0/6||5/75||6/129 (22.5)|
^ Includes Olympic Games gold medals and tournament participations
* Becker’s four other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
** Edberg’s three other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
*** Chang’s one Grand Slam title came before 1990.
Did You Know?
Djokovic is just the second man to claim nine singles titles at a single Grand Slam championship. Rafael Nadal has won 13 Roland Garros trophies.