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Djokovic Extends ‘Big Titles’ Lead With Historic 20th Grand Slam

Novak Djokovic won a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday at Wimbledon, and with his victory against Matteo Berrettini he extended his lead in the ‘Big Titles’ race over Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

The World No. 1 now has 61 ‘Big Titles’, giving himself breathing room ahead of Nadal (57) and Federer (54). A ‘Big Title’ is a trophy at a Grand Slam championship, the Nitto ATP Finals, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament or an Olympic singles gold medal. Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are now tied with 20 Grand Slam trophies each.

The Serbian superstar has now won the first three major championships of the season, and will turn his attention to completing the Calendar-Year Grand Slam at the US Open. The only player in the Open Era to accomplish that feat was Rod Laver in 1969. Nobody since has won the year’s first three majors. 

The 34-year-old is now tied for the lead in two of the ‘Big Titles’ categories: Grand Slams and ATP Masters 1000 crowns. Both Djokovic and Nadal have triumphed 36 times at Masters 1000 events.

Djokovic has the best ‘Big Titles’ win-rate at one title won per 3.3 events played (61/199), while Nadal, who did not compete at Wimbledon, has claimed a ‘Big Title’ for every 3.5 tournaments played at this level (57/197). Only two other players have converted more than once per five events: Roger Federer (4.4, 54/240) and Pete Sampras (4.9, 30/147).

Current and Former Champions’ Big Titles Won (Records Since 1990)

^ Includes Olympic Games gold medals and tournament participations
* Becker’s four other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
** Edberg’s three other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
*** Chang’s one Grand Slam title came before 1990

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Source Tennis – ATP World Tour

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