Melbourne Masterclass Draws Djokovic Nearer Nadal, Federer
Djokovic breaks a tie with Roger Federer for the second-most victories at a single major, and now the Serbian only trails Rafael Nadal's 13 crowns at Roland Garros. Next year, Djokovic will try to become the second man in history to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam.
"When you're a young tennis player, I think 99.9 per cent of players, kids that get a racquet in their hands, start dreaming about what they want to achieve [and] it's a Grand Slam, winning a major," Djokovic said. "Of course I tried to remind myself, pinch myself, of how important this is. Even though I have been fortunate to win many majors and play in many major finals in my life, I do enjoy the success every single time even more."
Most Titles At A Single Grand Slam (Open Era)
|Rafael Nadal||Roland Garros||13|
|Novak Djokovic||Australian Open||9|
The World No. 1 already had the record for the most Australian Open titles in history, but he has widened the gap to his nearest rivals, Roy Emerson and Federer, who have six titles each. This is the second time the Serbian has completed a three-peat at this event (2011-13 and 2019-21).
Djokovic is the first man in history to win three Australian Open titles after turning 30. The 33-year-old claimed his first trophy at Melbourne Park in 2008 when he was 20.
Most Australian Open Titles (All-Time)
|Player||Australian Open Titles|
Djokovic is now closer than ever to Federer and Nadal in the Grand Slam titles race after earning his 18th major title. The 33-year-old is within two Slam trophies of his greatest rivals, who have 20 each. Goran Ivanisevic, one of Djokovic's coaches, said, "now the chase is beginning".
"If he didn't win one [here], he's getting older, and he needed [this] if he wants to break the record, if he wants to catch Roger and Rafa," Ivanisevic said. "Honestly, Rafa is going to win one more, maybe two for sure, French Opens. You need to keep going, [keep] winning."
Most Grand Slam Singles Titles (All-Time)
|Player||Grand Slam Titles|
When Djokovic first earned major glory Down Under in 2008, Federer had already won 12 Grand Slam titles and Nadal three.