Novak Djokovic: Player of the last decade

Novak Djokovic: Player Of The Last Decade

A decade ago Serbia’s Novak Djokovic was World Number 3 in the ATP rankings. However, the two men ahead Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were just not ahead. The two greats were rather in a different league altogether. In the last 10 years a lot has changed.. Djokovic has been the most successful ATP tennis player in the last 10 years in terms of matches, titles and prize money. We look at the decade of dominance for the great Serb We also analyze how in the last 10 years he was able to chase, equal and at times move ahead of Federer and Nadal. 

16 Grand Slam Victories

Novak Djokovic: Player of the last decade
Novak Djokovic: Player Of The Last Decade

Novak Djokovic truly came out of the Federer-Nadal shadows in 2011. That year the Serb won 3 Grand Slam titles. He beat Nadal in 6 back to back finals. Against Federer he won 3 matches and lost 1. It was in 2011 only that Novak became the World Number 1 ATP tennis player for the first time. It was the start of a decade where the Serb would truly dominate ATP tennis. 

Novak Djokovic has won an astonishing 17 Grand Slams in his career. 16 of those have been won just in the last decade. He completed the career Grand Slam by winning the French Open 2016. He is also the only player in the current era to hold all 4 slams at the same time. This is a feat that even his great rivals Federer and Nadal could not achieve in the ATP tennis. The current World Number 1 has without any doubt been the most dominant male tennis player in the last decade. He is closing even closing in on becoming the greatest of all time in ATP tennis. 

Other Great Achievements Of Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic: Player of the last decade
Novak Djokovic: Player Of The Last Decade

Till the end of 2010 Novak Djokovic also had a losing head to head record against his great rivals Federer and Nadal. However he turned the tide strongly since 2011. The great Serb has now a solid winning record against both of them. He leads Federer by 26 wins to 22 losses. Against Nadal also the Serb has a winning record of 29 wins to 26 losses. This is the testimony of his dominance over the ATP tennis tour in the last 10 years. Novak has no doubt been the player of the last decade. 

The World Number has another historical standalone achievement to his credit. He has won all 9 ATP Masters 1000 events at least once. This is famously known in ATP tennis as the Golden Masters. No other male tennis player in the Open Era has been able to achieve this. This puts Novak Djokovic firmly in a league of his own. 

After his victory in the 2020 Australian Open Novak Djokovic reclaimed the World Number 1 rankings from Rafael Nadal. The Serb superstar has now been at the top of Men’s tennis rankings for 282 weeks. He is closing the gap of Roger Federer’s record of 310 weeks at World Number 1. With the tournaments now being canceled due to the Corona-virus outbreak, Novak is expected to hold on at the top of the rankings for now. This gives him a great chance to close or maybe surpass Federer’s record. This would mean the Serb adds more chapters to his dominance and the GOAT story in the ATP tennis. 

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