When Novak Djokovic joined Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal in ‘Club 1000’

Suppose everything goes right with Novak Djokovic, and he gets a chance to compete this season. In that case, the 20-time Major winner will achieve another massive milestone, standing 11 victories from the 1000th ATP triumph. In October 2018, Novak became the 12th player in the Open era with 1000 ATP matches, achieving that in Shanghai following a dominant victory over Alexander Zverev. The Serb toppled the German 6-2, 6-1 in an hour for the 103rd ATP final and the 46th at the Masters 1000 level. In the last couple of months that year, an in-form Novak had been on fire, scoring the 38th triumph in the previous 42 matches and reaching another milestone. Novak became only the 12th player in the Open era with 1000 encounters on the ATP level, and he currently stands seventh ahead of the 2022 season.

Novak Djokovic’s 1000th ATP match came against Alexander Zverev in 2018.

Djokovic drew 827 ATP wins from 1000 matches, five more than Rafael Nadal (822) and 13 in comparison to Roger Federer (814). Novak made the ATP debut in 2004 against Janis Skroderis in the Davis Cup in Belgrade while still at 16. The Serb became one of the world’s best players only three years later, challenging Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most notable ATP titles and starting his dominance in 2011. Novak was the dominant figure on the ATP Tour for six years, setting many records and moving closer to Federer and Nadal in the GOAT race. Djokovic’s dominance came to its end in 2017 due to an elbow injury, recovering his game by the spring of 2018 and claiming the Wimbledon title to return where he belongs.

Since then, the Serb has been a player to beat, joining his greatest rivals on 20 Major crowns following an incredible run at the most notable tournaments in 2021. Last February, Djokovic claimed the ninth Australian Open title to start his streak, adding the second Roland Garros crown to his tally following memorable victories over Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas. In July, the Serb delivered the sixth Wimbledon crown and reached the US Open final, standing one win from a calendar Grand Slam, the first since 1969! Daniil Medvedev took down Djokovic in straight sets in the final, leaving the Serb on 20 Majors ahead of the new season that has been very turbulent for world no. 1 so far. 

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