► 18th Grand Slam title and one more step towards Federer and Nadal
This new Grand Slam title, Novak Djokovic was waiting for it firmly. Since his last trophy in Melbourne in January 2020, he had only this goal in mind. It is now done. With an eighteenth Grand Slam title won in Melbourne this Sunday, February 21, the 33-year-old Serb is approaching the record set by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, respectively 39 and 34 years old, and their twenty titles in Major. But if the Swiss has been away from the courts for several months and seems little inclined to win a new Grand Slam, the Spaniard is still just as effective at Roland Garros, as he again showed during the last edition. It would take more to discourage the “Djoker”. Moreover, his trainer Goran Ivanisevic confirmed his ambitions after his victory. “He wants to win. He wants to break records. He had a goal early on in the Australian Open. An 18th title and now the chase begins.”
► Absolute master of the place in Melbourne
Roland-Garros has Rafael Nadal as its boss, Wimbledon has Roger Federer, Melbourne has Novak Djokovic. The Serb holds the record for winning the Australian Open with nine titles, three of them in a row. He never lost a final in Melbourne. In 2019, he had already surpassed the previous record held so far by Roger Federer and Roy Emerson (6). An extraordinary, indisputable and now undisputed domination.
► Djoko new “World Super N.1”
In addition to getting closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and their twenty Grand Slam titles, Novak Djokovic also had the ambition to dethrone the Swiss, who was the player who spent the most weeks (310) in first place in the world ranking. . He had already made history by exceeding the mark of Pete Sampras and his 286 weeks at the end of last year. Today, after his victory at the Australian Open, no one can stand in his way in this new quest. After his Australian fortnight, “Nole” is guaranteed to keep his crown of world number 1 at least until April 4. On March 8, he will begin his 311th week on the throne of world tennis. A new record.
► The resistance of Roland-Garros
Nine titles at the Australian Open, five at Wimbledon, three at the US Open, but only one small title at Roland Garros. How can such domination be so contrasted? The answer has a name: Rafael Nadal. The king of Roland-Garros, and his thirteen titles at Porte d’Auteuil, do not leave much room for his rivals. And no one, so far, has managed to worry him in his excessive domination. The Serbian’s only victory in Paris dates back to 2016 when the Spaniard retired with a forfeit in the third round. Despite the passing years, Rafael Nadal does not seem to want to leave his place at Roland Garros. But there again, Djoko, with five finals over the last nine editions, remains on the lookout for the slightest failure of the Mallorcan.