World number 1 Novak Djokovic had just another regular day at the office, beating Malek Jaziri 6-1 6-2 in second round of ATP 500 tournament in Dubai. 4 time champion needed just 65 minutes to break the resistance from Tunisian, setting another huge milestone in his already full or records career.
Namely, Novak became only the 12th player of the Open era with 700 ATP wins, and third active, behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Over the last few years, Serb has raised the bar in men's tennis in a way that no other player was able to follow.
His lead in the ATP rankings over second ranked Andy Murray is almost unreal, with 8.000 points of difference, and here in Dubai Novak is playing for his 18th straight ATP final! Since 2007 Novak has always notched at least 60 ATP wins in single season, including 82 in a historic 2015, and it's safe to say he reached these 700 wins in huge steps since 2011.
In fact, he is playing better and better, reaching a level probably unseen by any other player before, but still staying hungry as ever for even bigger successes. Novak scored his 600th ATP win on 2 November 2014 and needed only 479 days to add another 100, losing only 6 matches in that period! Djokovic is so far undefeated in 2016, with all chances to win third title of the season in Dubai.
In this analysis an interesting overview of his 700 ATP wins, from the first one way back in April 2004 until this latest against Jaziri. * Players with at least 700 ATP wins in the Open era : 1) Jimmy Connors 1,254
2) Ivan Lendl 1,071
3) Roger Federer 1,067
4) Guillermo Vilas 929
5) John McEnroe 875
6) Andre Agassi 870
7) Stefan Edberg 801
8) Ilie Nastase 779
9) Rafael Nadal 775
10) Pete Sampras 762
11) Boris Becker 713
12) Novak Djokovic 700 Novak enters a pretty exclusive club here, joining other great players from the past 45 years.
Of course, he has no intention to stay in this 12th place for too long, with a chance to pass his coach Boris Becker as soon as in Miami. After that, there's a solid gap until 14 time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras, but he can catch the American by the end of this season, or at least in January 2017.
Struggling Rafael Nadal once had much bigger advantage ahead of Novak, but it went down very fast in the last few seasons, and there is no question who will finish the career with most wins, but just the one when will Novak pass his great rival.
If everything goes according to the plan, and he continues to dominate, Novak can hit 800 wins club at some point in 2017.
* Career win-loss percentages : 1. Novak Djokovic 82.74 [700–146]
Bjorn Borg 82.74 [609–127]
3. Rafael Nadal 82.53 [775–164]
4. Jimmy Connors 81.85 [1254–278]
5. Ivan Lendl 81.76 [1071–239]
6. Roger Federer 81.64 [1067–240] After today's victory, Novak is now tied with great Bjorn Borg with best Open era percentage of wins, which represents an outstanding achievement.
Nadal is still little behind them, but it has to be said that Spaniard was much better at one point of his career, and now he can probably only go down. Jimmy Connors is in 4th place but with so many matches played he is probably most impressive out of all these 6 legends.
Novak's milestone wins : 1st / 2004 Davis Cup vs Latvia / vs Janis Skroderis (17y 10m)
100th / 2007 Umag 1st Round / vs Pablo Andujar (20y 2m)
200th / 2009 Indian Wells 2nd Round / vs Martin Vassallo Arguello (21y 9m)
300th / 2010 Cincinnati 2nd Round / vs Viktor Troicki (23y 2m)
400th / 2012 Australian Open SF / vs Andy Murray (24y 8m)
500th / 2013 Roland Garros 3rd Round / vs Grigor Dimitrov (26y)
600th / 2014 Paris Final / vs Milos Raonic (27y 5m)
700th / 2016 Dubai 2nd Round / vs Malek Jaziri (28y 9m) As the years went by, Novak was better and better, notching 100 wins in shorter intervals.
In just a little more than 4 years he scored 300 ATP wins, and has lost only 18 matches since Roland Garros 2013, backed up by 200 victories in that period. MORE STATS ON PAGE TWO
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