When it comes to two champions like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, it’s hard not to mention record after record and tons of incredible statistics. Fifteen years after their first clash on the ATP Tour (2006), the Swiss and Serbian champions continue to grind records: the latest, recorded during the 2021 Wimbledon tournament, is truly impressive.
Thanks to Federer’s recent success over Cameron Norrie in four sets and thanks to Djokovic’s victory over American Denis Kudla, we can officially say that, during the last 68 Grand Slam tournaments, since Wimbledon 2004, one between Roger and Novak has always managed to make it to the second week of each Major event.
As for the Wimbledon appointment, in reality, this figure can be backdated to 2003 (last year it was not played due to the health emergency linked to the Covid-19 pandemic).
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic marked a NEW RECORD!
Speaking of Serbian, with the exception of the 2017 Us Open in which he was not present, the last time he was unable to reach at least the round of 16 in a Grand Slam was at the Australian Open that same year, when he was surprised by Denis. Istomin with the score of 7-6 5-7 2-6 7-6 6-4.
Coming to Federer, the Swiss did not fail to access the second week of the Australian Open 2015, when our Andreas Seppi ousted him from the tournament in four sets (in the count the recent forfeits of Roger are obviously not considered due to the knee injury).
Should Djokovic reach the 2021 Wimbledon victory, he would rise to 20 Majors in total and this would allow him to finally hook Nadal and Federer. The tennis schedule will then continue with the Tokyo Olympics, where Jannik Sinner will be absent (promptly replaced by the countryman Lorenzo Musetti).
In the women’s Tour, the Romanian Simona Halep gave up the London Slam to better recover from the bad injury she suffered in Rome a few weeks ago. We have also to recall that Serena Williams was forced to the withdrawal after a leg injury in the first round of the Championships.