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Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic's Hat-trick and Other Milestones

Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic's Hat-trick and Other Milestones

Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic's Hat-trick and Other Milestones

Novak Djokovic won a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title and sixth Wimbledon beating Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

Novak Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final to win a record-equaling 20th Grand Slam title. Djokovic bounced back from a first-set wobble to win 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. It was Djokovic’s sixth Wimbledon title and 20th at a major tournament, putting him tied for first on the all-time list with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Novak Djokovic’s Career Highlights

• Made Grand Slam debut as a qualifier at the 2005 Australian Open. Finished as the youngest player (18 years, five months) inside the top 100.

• In 2006, he won his first ATP tour title at Amersfoort.

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• Reached his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open in 2007, losing to Roger Federer.

• Won his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2008 Australian Open — becoming the first Serbian man to win a singles major.

• Led Serbia to their first Davis Cup title in December 2010.

• Began 2011 by winning seven successive tournaments and did not lose until June, when Federer ended his 41-match winning streak in the French Open semi-finals.

• Secured the number one ranking in July 2011 by reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, then beat Nadal to clinch his first Wimbledon crown, his first title on grass.

• Defeated Federer in the semis of the 2011 U.S. Open then defeated Nadal in the final to become the seventh man to win three Grand Slam titles in a year since tennis turned professional in 1968.

• Won his third Australian Open title in 2012 by beating Nadal in five hours and 53 minutes and began 2013 by beating Andy Murray to become the first man in the professional era to win three successive Australian Open titles.

• Beat Federer in a five-set Wimbledon final in 2014.

• Reached all four Grand Slam finals in 2015. Began the year by capturing a fifth Australian Open title.

• Won third Wimbledon title by defeating Federer in the final. Beat Federer in U.S. Open final, earning three Grand Slam titles in a year for a second time.

• Beat Murray in the 2016 Australian Open final to win his 11th Grand Slam title.

• Beat Murray again in the French Open final that year to finally win the claycourt major in his 12th attempt. The win not only completed his Grand Slam collection but he also became only the third man — after Don Budge and Rod Laver — to hold all four majors at the same time.

• Retired in the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals and ended his season in July with a right elbow injury. Returned from a six-month injury absence at the 2018 Australian Open. Had elbow surgery following a last-16 exit.

• Beat Kevin Anderson in the 2018 Wimbledon final to seal his 13th Grand Slam. Capped off the year by winning the U.S. Open crown for the third time.

• Defeated Nadal to claim his 15th major and seventh Australian Open title in 2019.

• His 26-match winning streak in Grand Slams ended with a loss to Dominic Thiem in the French Open semis.

• Came from two match points down to defeat Federer in the final and claim his fifth Wimbledon title. It was the first time a Wimbledon singles title had been decided in the final set tiebreak that had been introduced at 12-12.

• Failed to defend his title at the U.S. Open after retiring due to injury in the fourth round.

• Helped Serbia win the inaugural ATP Cup in 2020 before triumphing at Melbourne Park for the eighth time.

• With 2019 champion Nadal and Federer opting to miss the 2020 U.S. Open, Djokovic had been favourite to win the title but the Serb was defaulted in the fourth round after he accidentally hit a line judge in the throat with a ball. The disqualification ended his 26-0 winning run in 2020.

• Lost to Nadal in straight sets in the final of the rescheduled 2020 French Open.

• Beat Daniil Medvedev for a record-extending ninth Australian Open title in 2021.

• Beat Stefanos Tsitsipas for his second French Open title and 19th Grand Slam crown, thus becoming the first man since tennis turned professional in 1968 to win all four majors at least twice.

• Beat Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final to win a record-equalling 20th singles Grand Slam title and take one step closer towards a calendar-year sweep of all four majors.

* Equalled Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles, becoming the sixth player in history, man or woman, to reach that number.

* Fourth man to win three consecutive Wimbledon titles in the Open Era after Federer, Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras.

* Recorded a streak of three consecutive Grand Slam titles for the third time in his career, having won three straight Australian Open titles on two occasions (2011-13 and 2019-21).

* By reaching his 30th Grand Slam final, Djokovic is one behind Federer on the list for most Grand Slam men’s singles finals reached.

* Between them, Djokovic and Nadal have won 12 of the last 13 Grand Slams (since 2018 Roland Garros). Dominic Thiem is the only other player to have won a major title in that time at last year’s U.S. Open where Djokovic was defaulted.

* The 12th man in history to win back-to-back Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles - and the first since Nadal won consecutive titles in Paris and London for the second time in 2010.

 * The fifth man in history to win the first three Grand Slam tournaments of the season and the first since Rod Laver in 1969.
* Won his ninth Australian Open title in February this year to become the second man to win nine singles titles at a Grand Slam after Nadal (13 French Open titles).

* Third man in history — after Rod Laver and Roy Emerson — to win all four Grand Slam tournaments twice after claiming his second French Open title in June this year.

* Holds the record for most weeks ranked number one (328 weeks), having surpassed Federer’s mark of 310 on March 8, 2021.

* Swept all four Grand Slams from 2015 Wimbledon through 2016 Roland Garros to become the third man to hold all four major titles at the same time after Don Budge and Laver.

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