Following his recent French Open win against Casper Rudd, Novak Djokovic now holds the Grand Slams titles record in the men’s category
With only two majors left this season – Wimbledon and the US Open, Novak Djokovic could secure a calendar slam.
Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal, who has the most grand slams titles in tennis history
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Find out below if Djokovic has more Grand Slam titles than Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal, and other records.
Novak Djokovic Grand Slam record
36-year-old tennis ace Novak Djokovic holds the undisputed most Grand Slams record in men’s tennis. Prior to reaching the record, Djokovic was in a battle with fellow tennis aces Nadal and Federer. The Serbian international eventually drew level with his two great rivals on 20 Grand Slam titles after winning the Wimbledon back in 2021.
Djokovic then won his 21st Grand Slam title the following season at Wimbledon again. Meanwhile, he secured his 22nd Grand Slam at this year’s Australian Open. And now, following his recent third French Open win, he is the undisputed lead for Grand Slam titles with 23. Interestingly, he is also the first men’s player to win at least three times across all the Grand Slams.
Nadal is the closest behind Djokovic, with 22 Grand Slams but currently looks set to miss the rest of the season as he still recovers from his surgery. Meanwhile, Roger Federer, who retired last September, won 20 Grand Slam titles during his career. Following which there us a huge gap, with Pete Sampras in fourth of the all-time men’s list with 14 Grand Slam titles. He has two ahead of Roy Emerson and behind him are Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg both with 11 titles.
All-time grand slam record
Following his recent win at the French Open 2023, Djokovic now has 23 Grand Slam titles. This puts him on level with women tennis’ ace Serena Williams. Interestingly, only Margaret Court, who with 24 times has won more Grand Slam titles than Djokovic and Williams. Meanwhile, Steffi Graf who finished her career following 22 majors, and Rafael Nadal with the same record is behind them.
Can Djokovic potential 24th grand slam title
Interestingly, Djokovic could potentially win his 24th Grand Slam victory in just over a month. With Wimbledon set to start on July 3 and Djokovic being the favourite to lift the trophy, he could very well secure another title. Djokovic has had a terrify record at Wimbledon so far, having not lost a single match since 2018. A win at Wimbledon this year would equal Federer’s current record of eight Wimbledon titles. Following which, the US Open, which starts on August 28 will serve as final Grand Slam of the season.
Can Djokovic Calendar Slam chances
Following his French Open win, fans are now wondering if Djokovic can complete the Calendar Slam. The Calendar Slam involves a player winning all the four majors in the same year. Laver was the last man to achieve this feat way back in 1969. Interestingly, Djokovic has come very close to winning all four majors back in 2021. He missed out on achieving the feat after losing to Daniil Medvedev back in the 2021 US Open final.
Meanwhile, he couldn’t play the US Open last year due to vaccination entry laws in the country. However, he will return this season as a three-time champion in New York with his last US Open trophy coming back in 2018.
Novak Djokovic GOAT debate
Although Novak Djokovic has now clearly won more Grand Slam titles than Nadal or Federer, the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) debate continues to go on. Ahead of the recent French Open 2023 finals, Eurosport expert Mats Wilander stated:
I would like to see Novak get to 24, 25, or 26, so there is no discussion. It’s very difficult for me to separate the ‘Big Three’ because they were so important for our sport. To say that anyone is greater than Roger Federer is tough because of what he did for the game, but this is not Novak’s last chance.”
Tennis legend John McEnroe added:
Djokovic has a winning record against everyone and has been No. 1 more… and he’s still going so strong.”