Read & Watch: Djokovic Reaches 800 Wins Milestone
ATPWorldTour.com pays tribute to Djokovic's match wins achievement
As he continues his journey back to peak performance, Novak Djokovic has today recorded the 800th match win of his career (800-171). The Serbian, who is competing in his 16th season as a pro and aims to capture his fifth grass-court title at the Fever-Tree Championships, is the 10th player in the past 50 years to attain the milestone.
“It’s a great achievement,” said Djokovic. “When you work all your life for something and then you get awards for it, of course you're enjoying the process, as well. It's obviously very positive and I'm thrilled. I'm grateful, as well, that I'm able to play so many matches and to win so many matches in my career.
“Tennis is still the sport that I love with all my heart. I put my heart into it every single day… It was a struggle with surgery and my elbow, the up-and-downs and trying to figure things out and get that consistency in the game. Hopefully I can have many more years, because I truly enjoy playing this sport.”
By recording his 17th match win of the season, over France’s Adrian Mannarino at The Queen’s Club — one of the oldest tournaments (1890) on the ATP World Tour — Djokovic has followed in the footsteps of Jimmy Connors (1,256), Roger Federer (1,156), Ivan Lendl (1,068), Guillermo Vilas (949), Rafael Nadal (903), John McEnroe (881), Andre Agassi (870), Ilie Nastase (846) and Stefan Edberg (801).
Djokovic’s contemporaries and long-time rivals, Federer and Nadal, who have also passed the mark, also recorded quarter-final wins for their 800th victory. Federer beat Juan Monaco at the Rolex Paris Masters on 11 November 2011 and Nadal defeated Thomaz Bellucci at the Rio Olympics on 12 August 2016.
OPEN ERA MATCH WINS LEADERS (SINCE APRIL 1968)
|Player||Career Match Wins (Winning %)|
|1) Jimmy Connors (USA)||1,256-279 (.818)|
|2) Roger Federer (SUI)||1,156-252 (.821)|
|3) Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA)||1,068-242 (.815)|
|4) Guillermo Vilas (ARG)||949-291 (.766)|
|5) Rafael Nadal (ESP)||903-187 (.828)|
|6) John McEnroe (USA)||881-198 (.816)|
|7) Andre Agassi (USA)||870-274 (.760)|
|8) Ilie Nastase (ROM)||846-317 (.728)|
|9) Stefan Edberg (SWE)||801-270 (.748)|
|10) Novak Djokovic (SRB)||800-171 (.824)|
MATCH WINS RECORD ON 800TH VICTORY
|Player||Career Match Wins (Winning %)|
|Jimmy Connors (USA)||800-131 (.859)|
|Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA)||800-142 (.849)|
|John McEnroe (USA)||800-155 (.838)|
|Rafael Nadal (ESP)||800-168 (.826)|
|Novak Djokovic (SRB)||800-171 (.824)|
|Roger Federer (SUI)||800-186 (.811)|
|Guillermo Vilas (ARG)||800-191 (.807)|
|Ilie Nastase (ROM)||800-237 (.771)|
|Andre Agassi (USA)||800-248 (.763)|
|Stefan Edberg (SWE)||800-267 (.750)|
The 31-year-old Djokovic took 479 days to move from 600 to 700 match wins — 2 November 2014 to 24 February 2016 — that included a 100-6 record (.943) and 15 titles from 18 finals, in a historic period of dominance at the top of the ATP Rankings.
While Djokovic’s third stint at No. 1 ended on 6 November 2016 (223 weeks in top spot overall), his route from 700 to 800 victories has taken 849 days. His record during this period of 100-25 (.800), with seven titles from 11 finals, has included a near six-month absence (174 days) due to a right elbow injury from 26 July 2017 to 16 January 2018.
Having undergone a small medication intervention on his elbow after the Australian Open this year, which resulted in a further 49-day absence from competitive play (22 January to 11 March 2018), Djokovic has naturally been slow to return to his best form as he continued to adjust to the demands of a remodelled service technique and a newly weighted racquet frame.
But Djokovic, reunited with his long-time coach, Marian Vajda, since April, in recent weeks, he has shown signs of improvement, advancing to the Internazionali BNL d’Italia semi-finals (l. to Nadal), the Roland Garros quarter-finals (l. to Cecchinato) and this week in London. The Serbian star has showcased hallmarks of his peak performance days en route to the final four in his first appearance at the event since 2010.
DJOKOVIC'S MATCH WIN MILESTONES
|1st||2004 Davis Cup vs Latvia*||d. Janis Skroderis
|100th||2007 Umag, 1R||d. Pablo Andujar
|200th||2009 Indian Wells, 2R||d. Martin Vassallo Arguello
|300th||2010 Cincinnati, 2R||d. Viktor Troicki
|400th||2012 Australian Open, SF||d. Andy Murray|
|500th||2013 Roland Garros, 3R||d. Grigor Dimitrov
|600th||2014 Paris, F
||d. Milos Raonic
|700th||2016 Dubai, 2R
||d. Malek Jaziri
|800th||2018 London/Queen's Club, QF
||d. Adrian Mannarino
*First ATP World Tour win came over Arnaud Clement at Bucharest in 2004
DJOKOVIC'S CAREER MATCH RECORD BY SURFACE
|Surface||Career Match Wins (Winning %)|