Djokovic Breaks Tie With Federer & Nadal In Big Titles Race
Novak Djokovic broke a tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most ‘Big Titles’ on Sunday by capturing his 55th. The Serbian accomplished the feat by winning the Rolex Paris Masters, which is the final ATP Masters 1000 event of the season.
This is the first time that Federer has trailed Djokovic or Nadal in the Big Titles race.
Djokovic has won four 'Big Titles' this season, triumphing at the Australian Open (d. Nadal), the Mutua Madrid Open (d. Tsitsipas), Wimbledon (d. Federer) and now the Rolex Paris Masters. The Serbian has earned at least four ‘Big Titles’ in two straight seasons and nine times overall. Nadal has also earned four ‘Big Titles’ in 2019. A 'Big Title' is a trophy at a Grand Slam championship, the Nitto ATP Finals or an Masters 1000 tournament.
After the US Open, Djokovic and Nadal had identical win rates at ‘Big Title’ events. But Djokovic now stands alone at a rate of one per 3.3 tournaments played following his triumph in Bercy, where he lifted a record fifth trophy. Djokovic owns 34 Masters 1000 crowns, moving him within one of Nadal’s record 35. Nadal has averaged winning one 'Big Title' per 3.4 events played, and Federer's rate is one per 4.3 tournaments contested.
Each member of the ‘Big Three’ will have an opportunity to add another ‘Big Title’ this season with the prestigious Nitto ATP Finals starting in a week at The O2 in London. Federer has won the season finale a record six times, while Djokovic has lifted the trophy on five occasions, tied for second in tournament history with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras.
Did You Know?
Djokovic’s win on Sunday gave him his 77th tour-level title, moving him into a tie with John McEnroe for fifth all-time. The Serbian trails Jimmy Connors (No. 1, 109), Federer (No. 2, 103), Lendl (No. 3, 94) and Nadal (No. 4, 84) in that category.
Current and Former Champions' Big Titles Won (Records Since 1990)
|Player||Grand Slams||Nitto ATP Finals||1000s||Total (Avg)|
|Roger Federer||20/78||6/16||28/138||54/233 (4.3)|
|Novak Djokovic||16/59||5/11||34/114||55/184 (3.3)|
|Rafael Nadal||19/57||0/8||35/118||54/183 (3.4)|
|Pete Sampras||14/52||5/11||11/83||30/146 (4.9)|
|Andre Agassi||8/61||1/13||17/90||26/164 (6.3)|
|Andy Murray||3/48||1/8||14/98||18/154 (8.5)|
|Boris Becker*||2/26||2/6||5/51||9/83 (9.2)|
|Thomas Muster||1/29||0/4||8/53||9/86 (9.6)|
|Gustavo Kuerten||3/33||1/3||5/67||9/103 (11.4)|
|Jim Courier||4/38||0/4||5/71||9/113 (12.6)|
|Stefan Edberg**||3/28||0/4||1/24||4/56 (14)|
|Marcelo Rios||0/26||0/1||5/56||5/83 (16.6)|
|Michael Chang***||0/50||0/6||7/86||7/142 (20.3)|
|Marat Safin||2/41||0/3||5/87||7/131 (18.7)|
|Andy Roddick||1/46||0/6||5/75||6/127 (21.2)|
* 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.