When Novak Djokovic joined Roger Federer in exclusive 'Club 600'



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When Novak Djokovic joined Roger Federer in exclusive 'Club 600'

Since the beginning of the Open era, 27 players have scored 600 ATP wins. Three players have achieved 600 triumphs on a single surface, a true testimony of their skills and abilities. Guillermo Vilas was the first to complete the task on his beloved clay, followed by the hard-court giant Roger Federer, who is still the leader of the pack with 783 wins on a single surface.

Novak Djokovic joined this duo following the third-round victory at the 2020 US Open. The Serb secured his 150th hard-court win at Majors and the 600th overall on hard court, becoming the second player after the Swiss to accomplish both feats.

Novak has been among the best players on hard court alongside Roger, claiming 12 Majors, 27 Masters 1000 crowns and five ATP Finals trophies on hard to notch 44 notable titles on his beloved surface. The Serb earned the milestone 600th ATP win on hard thanks to a dominant display against Jan-Lennard Struff in New York, beating the German 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 43 minutes to reach the last 16.

With 34 winners and 23 unforced errors, Novak was always in front, delivering rock-solid tennis that required the best from Struff to grab those seven games. Jan-Lennard got broken five times from 11 opportunities that Novak created, and he could not do much on the return to finish his journey in the third round.

Novak saved a break point in the encounter's first game with a successful challenge, and they settled into a fine rhythm on serve until the sixth game. Struff repelled a break chance with a service winner to lock the result at 3-3 and stay on the positive side.

Novak Djokovic has over 600 ATP wins on hard court.

Djokovic grabbed the first break in game eight thanks to the German's forehand mistake, opened a 5-3 gap and closed the opener with a service winner in game nine. Novak dropped five points in his games in set number two and kept the pressure on Struff with 11 winners and seven unforced errors.

The Serb converted the fourth break opportunity in the first game with a forehand crosscourt winner and held at 15 to open a 2-0 gap. Jan-Lennard claimed the third game with an ace to reduce the deficit and played well until game nine.

Novak secured the second break following a backhand mistake from his rival and took a big step towards the finish line after 72 minutes. Keeping the intensity of his strokes, the Serb had 12 winners and seven unforced errors in set number three.

In game four, the top seed survived two break points in the early stages and grabbed a break at love for 3-1. Djokovic seized another break at 4-1, saved a break opportunity a few minutes later and crossed the finish line for the 600th ATP victory on hard.