Novak Djokovic earns massive Major record before Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer



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Novak Djokovic earns massive Major record before Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic is not a player with the most Major titles, trailing two to Rafael Nadal. Still, the Serb is the most consistent player at the most notable scene. On Monday, Novak advanced into the second round at Wimbledon and became the first player in tennis history with 80 victories at all four Majors!

Only four players have scored 80 triumphs at a single Major, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Jimmy Connors. The American achieved that at Wimbledon and the US Open, while the Spaniard rules his favorite Roland Garros.

Federer has 80 victories at three different Majors, missing the feat at Roland Garros, where he stands on 73. Novak had shared the leading board with the Swiss, and he now holds it by himself following his 80th Wimbledon victory.

Novak has won 22 consecutive matches at the All England Club, and he is the top favorite to secure the seventh Wimbledon crown in two weeks. Djokovic is 80-10 at Wimbledon since 2005, winning six titles and hoping to lift the fourth in a row in two weeks.

The Serb had to work to achieve the milestone triumph at the All England Club, ousting Soonwoo Kwon 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 27 minutes on Centre Court. The Korean gave his best to stay in touch with world no. 1, dictating the pace with his forehand and earning four breaks, the same number as Novak.

The Serb broke once in the fourth set to make the difference and avoid a decider. Soonwoo fired a forehand winner in the opener's fourth game to build a 3-1 advantage. Djokovic shifted into a higher gear and rattled off the next five games for 6-3 in 33 minutes.

Soonwoo was a better player in the second set, surviving one challenging game and keeping the pressure on Novak with his well-constructed attacks.

Novak Djokovic is the only player with 80 wins at all four Majors.

The Korean broke in the fourth game and fended off three break chances in the next one to cement the lead.

He served well and held from 30-0 down in game nine with a service winner to level the overall score. In one of the pivotal moments, Novak fended off a break chance at 2-2 in the third set with a bold second serve. Kwon lost only four points in the opening four service games to stay in touch, and it all changed when Djokovic broke him at 15 at 4-3.

The Serb held at 15 in game nine to wrap up the set and move closer to the finish line. Novak survived three break points in the fourth set's second game, and everything was much easier for him after that. The pressure was on Kwon, and he could not endure it.

Novak broke him at love in the fifth game and held at love at 5-4 with an ace down the T line for a place in the second round.