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Novak Djokovic Set to Surpass Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in Another Elite Record

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All in all, it has been another fabulous year for World No.1 Novak Djokovic. One Grand Slam title, two Masters 1000 titles and he has consolidated his position at the number one spot in the ATP rankings. Djokovic is eyeing another record that he could match at the end of the 2020 season.

Djokovic now will most likely match Pete Sampras’ record of having the most number of year-end World No.1. Sampras has held the year-end number one ranking six times in his career. The ‘big 3’ of Novak DjokovicRafael Nadal, and Roger Federer are tied with five. So Djokovic could jump his arch-rivals and go equal with Sampras.

Novak Djokovic in the 2020 season till now

The Serbian jumped Nadal in the rankings early on in the season. After a bad Australian Open, Nadal lost a considerable amount of points and Djokovic won the Australian Open which helped him regain the number one ranking. After the season restart, Djokovic won the Cincinnati Masters which earned him points. Later he added the Italian Open and then by reaching the finals at French Open 2020, it helped Djokovic forge a huge gap from second-place Rafael Nadal. Djokovic is currently on 11,740 points to Nadal’s 9850.

Last year it was Nadal who held the year-end number one ranking which tied him level with Federer and Djokovic. Surprisingly Federer held the year-end number one ranking back in 2009 and since has reached the World No.1 ranking but has failed to stay on it till the end of the season.

Barring 2016, the big 3 have held the year-end number one ranking since 2004. In 2016 after a magical year from Andy Murray, the Brit held the number one ranking for the first time and ended the season ranked number one. He had won 9 titles including one Grand Slam title and he retained his Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

MASON, OH – AUGUST 19: Novak Djokovic of Serbis celebrates his win over Roger Federer of Switzerland during the men’s final of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

With the year-end number one ranking almost a certain for Djokovic, the Serbian has a longer goal of surpassing Federer’s record of most weeks as World No.1. Djokovic is into his 291st week as World No.1 and he is just 19 short of Federer’s 310.

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See How Serena Williams Outshines Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Others in a Spectacular Stat

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One just can’t put Serena Williams away from making or breaking any records. Although the Queen of Tennis failed to win her 24th Grand Slam title in 2020 too, she impressed fans with her exceptional gameplay. Despite facing an Achilles injury in the later part of the season, the 39-year-old gave some tough competition to the upcoming generation in the last decade.

 

 

Interestingly, Serena had the most number of wins against the top 10 WTA players in the last decade (2011-2020). She started the decade when she was in her early thirties and still managed to win most of her matches. What is even more applauding is the fact that Serena leads the list by a huge margin.

She won 73 games against the top 10 players which are 20 more than Petra Kvitova who had 53 wins. The next on the list is 2-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka with 52 wins against the top 10.

Serena Williams

Williams also topped the list of players having the best win percentage in the decade. She completely dominated the list with a win percentage of 88.49% way ahead of the second-placed Maria Sharapova with 77.37%.

Serena Williams- The player with the most number of Grand Slam wins in the decade

Although Serena hasn’t won a single Grand Slam title since her return in 2017, she won the most number of matches at Grand Slams.

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The 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams won 158 matches in Grand Slams. Angelique Kerber, the second on the list is nowhere near to Williams on the list with 101 wins.

With this, the 39-year-old American topped the list of players with the best win percentage in Slams as well. She won 88.27% of her games again maintaining a 10% lead over the second-placed Sharapova.

Recently, she lost to Azarenka in the semis of the US Open 2020. After that, she caught up with an injury which forced her to withdraw from the French Open 2020 mid-way.

The Queen will be now returning back to the court at the Australian Open 2021. Fans hope that the upcoming season will be a great one for her and expect her to lift her 24th Grand Slam title in Melbourne.







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