Djokovic wins 24 major championships to surpass all other players in history.
That’s the title of an article by AFP on Novak Djokovic (Serbia) on Nov. 11.
Djokovic won the men’s singles title at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York City on Tuesday, setting a new record for the 24th major singles title of his career.
Margaret Court (AUS), who dominated in the 1960s and 1970s, won 24 major women’s singles titles, but he has only won 11 majors since 1968, when professional players were allowed to compete in majors.
Serena Williams (USA) has won 23 majors since 1968 and Rafael Nadal (Spain) has won 22 on the men’s side.
When the Associated Press called Djokovic the “undisputed king of tennis,” it was because he competed in the “big three” at the same time as Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Nadal.
Pundits and fans alike have enjoyed debating who is better, and there has never been a definitive answer.
However, after Djokovic won his 24th major title, surpassing Nadal (22) and Federer (20), the debate is now firmly in Djokovic’s favor.
“When I was seven years old, I had a dream that I wanted to be the best player in the world and win Wimbledon one day,” Djokovic said at the ceremony, adding, “I never imagined that I would win 24 majors.”
He had a tumultuous childhood, leaving Belgrade, Serbia, to escape war at the age of 12 and boarding a train to Munich, Germany.
He famously practiced his strokes in a drained swimming pool and against air defense walls instead of tennis courts as a child.
Today, he is a top-ranked player with over $175 million in career winnings.
Even as a top-ranked player, whenever he faced Federer or Nadal, there were more fans rooting for Federer or Nadal to win than for Djokovic.
While Federer and Nadal may have the most fans, some may see this as a reflection of Djokovic’s Eastern European heritage.
During his 2020 US Open match, Djokovic was disqualified for a slightly nervous hit to the line judge, arguing that similar behavior by Federer or Nadal would not have resulted in a disqualification.
On the other hand, there are those who believe that Djokovic’s “bouncing” behavior is a result of the fact that he has been playing too much.
Things like missing the Australian Open and US Open last year because he hadn’t gotten a COVID-19 vaccine, or writing a political message on the TV cameras during the French Open, saying “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia,” are said to have increased the antipathy towards him.
But Djokovic usually responds to such criticism by saying, “I don’t care. It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last,” he says, adding, “I’m just going to keep on winning.”
True to his word, Djokovic has been winning, and his list of accomplishments now puts him well ahead of Federer and Nadal.
He has won 10 Australian Open titles, seven Wimbledon titles, four US Open titles, and three French Open titles, making him the only player to win all four majors at least three times.
Federer has only won the French Open once, while Nadal has won the Australian Open and Wimbledon twice.
Djokovic has the longest all-time world number one ranking at 390 weeks, followed by Federer at 310 weeks and Nadal at 209 weeks.
Just below the four majors, Djokovic has won 39 Masters 1000 Series titles, Nadal 36, and Federer 28.
Time is also clearly on Djokovic’s side, born in 1987. Federer, born in 1981, is already retired, and Nadal, born in 1986, is no longer ranked in the top 100.
When comparing the number of major singles titles won after the age of 30, Djokovic has won 12 of his 24 total titles after the age of 30, compared to eight for Nadal and four for Federer.
Djokovic wore a top emblazoned with “24” and “Mamba Forever” after the win. “Mamba” was the nickname of National Basketball Association (NBA) star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in 2020, and 24 was his jersey number.
“We were very close,” Djokovic said, adding that “he gave me a lot of advice when I was struggling with injuries, and he was one of the people I leaned on the most.”
When Medvedev, who lost the final earlier in the day, jokingly praised his persistence by asking, “What are you doing here all this time (not retiring),” Djokovic responded by saying, 카지노사이트가이드 “It’s always amazing and special to make history like this.”