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Novak Djokovic: 19 stats for his 19th Grand Slam title
From 0-2 comebacks to toppling the King of Clay on his favorite court for the second time, the Serb just kept writing his name deeper into the history books at Roland Garros this year.
Published Jun 14, 2021
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s run to the Roland Garros title this year was a stats-lover’s dream—here are 19 of the best stats from the Serb’s 19th career Grand Slam triumph:
The Grand Slam race is now 20-20-19. Most people were predicting we would leave Roland Garros with Rafael Nadal at 21, Roger Federer at 20 and Djokovic at 18. But now it’s a whole new ball game, and Wimbledon's just around the corner.
Djokovic is the first man in the Open Era to complete a Double Career Slam. The only other men in the history of tennis to win at least two of every major, Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, did it either fully or partially pre-Open Era.
He’s now won 11 of his last 13 Grand Slam finals. At this time six years ago, Djokovic was 8-8 in his career in major finals. He’s gone 11-2 since then and is now 19-10.
He’s the first man in the Open Era to win a major after being down two sets to love twice. With 0-2 comeback wins against Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, Djokovic is the first man to pull off two 0-2 comebacks en route to winning a major since Ted Schroeder at Wimbledon in 1949.
He’s now second on the men’s all-time list for most Grand Slam finals. He may still be in third for titles, but for most finals it’s now Federer 31, Djokovic 29, Nadal 28.
It wasn’t just his 29th Grand Slam final, it was his milestone 120th tour-level final. The Serb is now 84-36 in tour-level finals—19-10 at majors and 65-26 everywhere else.
He now holds the all-time record for most five-set wins at majors. Going into the tournament he was tied with Federer at 30, but with his wins over Musetti and Tsitsipas he’s now an incredible 32-9 in five-setters at the Slams.
He’s the first man to beat Nadal twice at Roland Garros. With the only other man to do it even once—Robin Soderling—now retired, Djokovic is likely going to be the only man ever to beat the Spaniard twice at his signature event.
He’s the first man to beat Nadal at Roland Garros AND go on to win the title. In Nadal’s only two previous losses, his conqueror would end up losing in the final: Soderling in 2009 (beat Nadal in fourth round, lost to Federer in final) and Djokovic in 2015 (beat Nadal in quarterfinals, lost to Stan Wawrinka in final).
He snapped a five-match losing streak to Nadal on clay. From 2011 to 2016, Djokovic was 7-5 against Nadal on clay. But Nadal had dominated him on the surface apart from that five-year stretch, going 9-0 from 2006 to 2009 and 5-0 from 2017 until this year’s Roland Garros semifinals, where Djokovic got back on the board with an electric 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory after 4:11 on court.
He’s now 11-0 since his birthday. Djokovic turned 34 eight days before Roland Garros began, went 4-0 to win an ATP 250 in Belgrade that week, then went 7-0 in Paris.
He’s the first man to win three tour-level titles this year. Djokovic has now won the Australian Open, Belgrade-2 and Roland Garros this year. Only one woman has won three tour-level titles this year, and she’s No. 1 on the rankings, too: Ashleigh Barty.
He’s the first man since 1998 to win a lead-up title the week before a major and then go on to win that major. Patrick Rafter won an ATP event in Long Island right before capturing the second of his back-to-back US Open titles that year.
He’s now 105-70 in his career against Top 5 players, and 34-21 at majors. He added two wins to those totals in Paris: No. 3 Nadal and No. 5 Tsitsipas in the last two rounds.
He’s now won seven majors since turning 30, the men’s Open Era record. Only one woman in the Open Era has won more since turning 30: Serena Williams with 10.
He’s the first man in 17 years to pull off an 0-2 comeback in the Roland Garros final. The last man to do it was Gaston Gaudio against Guillermo Coria in the 2004 final.
He’s the third player—and second man—to surpass 80 career wins at Roland Garros. He’s now 81-15 at the event, trailing only Nadal (105-3) and Steffi Graf (84-10).
He’s now halfway to a Calendar-Year Grand Slam. Only one man has done it in the Open Era: Laver in 1969. No man has even won the first three legs since then.
He’s now back on top of the year-to-date race, too. Still No. 1 on the ATP rankings, now No. 1 again on the Race to the ATP Finals in Turin. Tsitsipas had led the year-to-date race since winning the Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo in mid-April.