When Novak Djokovic joined Roger Federer in 'Club 60'



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When Novak Djokovic joined Roger Federer in 'Club 60'

With 83 notable ATP titles, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have been the most accomplished hard-court players in the Open era. Standing miles above their rivals, Novak and Roger have generated the records that will take some beating in the future, dominating the Majors, Masters 1000 events and the ATP Finals for over 15 years.

In August 2020, Djokovic claimed the 60th hard-court ATP title in Cincinnati and became the second player to achieve that after Federer. The Cincinnati Masters took place in New York following the coronavirus pandemic, and Novak secured the 42nd notable hard-court title, moving three in front of his great opponent.

Djokovic's first ATP title on hard came in Metz in 2006, and he has earned numerous records on the most common surface in the next 15 years.

Novak Djokovic became second player with 60 hard ATP titles after Federer.

The Serb lifted three hard-court titles in 2020 by Cincinnati and joined the Swiss on a massive achievement that will take some beating in the future.

Novak defeated Ricardas Berankis, Tennys Sandgren, Jan-Lennard Struff and Roberto Bautista Agut en route to the final to set the clash against Milos Raonic. After an entertaining clash, Djokovic prevailed 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours to clinch the 35th Masters 1000 title and the second Career Golden Masters!

It was the 11th victory for Novak over Milos in as many encounters. He earned it after overcoming a break deficit in the decider and crossed the finish line first despite a terrible opening set. Milos took 27 out of 41 points in the first set and delivered two breaks for 6-1 in half an hour.

Novak could not find the rhythm, struggling physically and serving at a miserable 47%. He gave away almost 60% of the points behind the initial shot to push the Canadian in front. Raising his level and starting all over, Djokovic lost eight points in five service games in set number two.

Milos wasted a game point at 2-3, which cost him dearly. He lost serve for the first time following Novak's sharp backhand. Djokovic held at love to move 5-2 ahead and secured the set after Raonic's forehand error at 5-3.

Starting from the beginning, Milos held at love in the third set's first game and grabbed a break at 15 to open a 2-0 gap. Instead of moving closer to his first Masters 1000 title, the Canadian lost the advantage and allowed Djokovic to take charge and control the scoreboard.

The Serb rattled off 16 of the following 20 points and stole the opponent's serve in games three and five for a 4-2 advantage. Serving for the title at 5-4, Novak saved a break chance when Raonic netted an easy forehand and forced an error from the Canadian to move over the top and earn the 60th ATP title on hard.