Who has won the most Grand Slam tournaments in men’s tennis? Explaining why Novak Djokovic is set to make history at the US Open

Saturday, Emma Raducanu made history at the US Open when she became the first qualifier – male or female – to win a singles title. It was his first major career title. On Sunday, Novak Djokovic will seek to make history with his 21st.

The 34-year-old Serb won his first Grand Slam title 13 years ago by beating Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in four sets at the 2008 Australian Open. His last Grand Slam title dates back to July when he won Wimbledon to seal his third major tournament in 2021. Yes, if Djokovic wins on Sunday, he will also win the Grand Slam calendar.

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Sporting News details everything you need to know as Djokovic tries to make history and become the all-time leader in major men’s singles titles.

What is a Grand Slam?

The tennis calendar is filled with tournaments all year round, but players focus the most on four major tournaments: the Grand Slam. Also known as majors, two-week deals divide the year into four segments:

  • Australian Open: Usually played in January, the tournament takes place in Melbourne and is played on hard courts.
  • French Open: Also known as Roland Garros, this major tournament in Paris usually begins in May and marks the end of the clay court season.
  • Wimbledon: The championships take place from late June to early July, take place in London and are played on grass.
  • US Open: From the end of August, this New York major will be played on hard courts.

In the Grand Slam, men play best-of-five matches.

How many Grand Slam titles has Novak Djokovic won?

Djokovic has won 20 titles out of 30 Grand Slam final appearances. He clearly enjoys the hard courts Down Under as nine of his majors have performed in Melbourne. Of his 10 final losses, five came at the US Open, where he is 3-5 in the final. The positive point for the US Open 2021? Let him not play against Rafael Nadal, who beat him in five Grand Slam finals, including the 2013 and 2015 US Open.

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Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam titles

NO. YEAR TOURNAMENT OPPONENT AND SCORING
1 2008 open from Australia Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2)
2 2011 open from Australia Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
3 2011 Wimbledon Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
4 2011 US Open Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1
5 2012 open from Australia Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5
6 2013 open from Australia Andy Murray 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2
7 2014 Wimbledon Roger Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4
8 2015 open from Australia Andy Murray 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0
9 2014 Wimbledon Roger Federer 7-6 (1) 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3
ten 2015 US Open Roger Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
11 2016 open from Australia Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3)
12 2016 French internationals Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
13 2018 Wimbledon Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3)
14 2018 US Open Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3
15 2019 open from Australia Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
16 2019 Wimbledon Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12
17 2020 open from Australia Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
18 2021 open from Australia Daniel Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2
19 2021 French internationals Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
20 2021 Wimbledon Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

Defeats in the Grand Slam final of Novak Djokovic

NO. YEAR TOURNAMENT OPPONENT AND SCORING
1 2007 US Open Roger Federer 6-7 (4), 6-7 (2), 4-6
2 2010 US Open Rafael Nadal 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 2-6
3 2012 French internationals Rafael Nadal 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 5-7
4 2012 US Open Andy Murray 6-7 (10), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6
5 2013 Wimbledon Andy Murray 4-6, 5-7. 4-6
6 2013 US Open Rafael Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-6
7 2014 French internationals Rafael Nadal 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 4-6
8 2015 French internationals Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 4-6
9 2016 US Open Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (1), 4-6, 5-7, 3-6
ten 2020 French internationals Rafael Nadal 0-6, 2-6, 5-7

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Who has won the most Grand Slam tournaments in men’s singles?

Ahead of Sunday’s US Open final, three players are tied for most men’s Grand Slam titles, with Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all at 20.

The trio, aka “The Big 3”, still have a way to go if they are to clinch the all-time record for a man or a woman. In fact, overall, they are tied for fourth place. Margaret Court won the most Grand Slam titles (24). Serena Williams has won 23 and Steffi Graf, who is also the last player to win the Grand Slam calendar, has 22.

simple gentlemen

PLAYER AUS OPEN OPEN FROM FRANCE US OPEN WIMBLEDON TOTAL
Raphael Nadal 1 13 4 2 20
Roger Federer 6 1 5 8 20
Novak Djokovic 9 2 3 6 20
Pete sampras 2 0 5 7 14
Roy Emerson 6 2 2 2 12
Rod Wash 3 2 2 4 11
Bjorn borg 0 6 0 5 11
Bill Tilden 0 0 7 3 ten

Information courtesy of LandofTennis.com



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