When Novak Djokovic joined Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal in ‘Club 800’

Novak Djokovic stands 11 victories from achieving his 1000th ATP triumph. Three and a half years ago, the Serb became the tenth player in the Open era with 800 ATP wins after beating Adrian Mannarino in the Queen’s quarter-final. Novak had been the dominant figure in men’s tennis between 2011-2016, claiming 48 titles within six years, including 11 Majors and 24 Masters 1000 shields! Djokovic claimed numerous records during that period and stood as the personification of consistency, regardless of the surface and time of the season. Novak scored incredible 427 ATP victories during those six years, passing many rivals on the list with the most wins in the ATP era and notching mind-blowing 300 wins between the Australian Open 2012 and Dubai 2016! As we all know, Novak’s progress was halted in 2017 after an elbow injury that had been bothering him for months, missing all the action after the Wimbledon quarter-final exit and ending the season with under 40 triumphs for the first time since 2005!

Novak Djokovic claimed the 800th ATP victory at Queen’s 2018.

The start of 2018 was anything but easy for a former world no. 1, winning just six matches before Rome and suffering some unexpected losses that would have never happened before the injury. Novak finally found his form in Rome and Roland Garros, carrying it to the grass season following the Queen’s final. The quarter-final win over Adrian Mannarino was Novak’s 800th in a career, becoming only the tenth player in the Open era to achieve that, standing one shy of Stefan Edberg, who clinched 801. Novak was the first player to enter the ‘Club 800’ since Rafael Nadal at Rio Olympics in 2016, and it could be a while before we get another player on this list.

The Serb had won 82,4% of his career ATP matches up to that point, standing second behind Nadal and a bit in front of Federer. Also, he became the fifth-fastest player who grabbed 800 ATP wins, requiring 971 matches, 15 less than Federer and just three more than Nadal. Due to an injury and missing the second part of 2017, Novak needed two years and three months to go from 700 to 800 wins, the most extensive span ever since he grabbed his 100th triumph in 2007 when he was still 20, needing three years and three months to get the engines running and reach the first checkpoint. A few weeks after his 800th ATP victory, Novak conquered the Wimbledon crown and returned where he belonged. The Serb has stayed among the world’s leading players ever since, matching Federer and Nadal on 20 Major titles following a brilliant run in 2021 and hoping to pass them in the season ahead of us. 

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