Novak Djokovic: 'I had a game with myself'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2687
One of the main arguments in favor of Novak Djokovic in the discussion about being the best tennis player in history is due to the productivity that the Serb has had on all surfaces. From the Australian Open, through Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, he has achieved success wherever he has been.
Already with 22 Grand Slams to his credit, the same number as Rafael Nadal, it is clear that Melbourne Park is the favorite place in the Serbian's career, where he has won 86 of his 91 matches played for a 94% effectiveness.
His last loss dates back to the fourth round of 2018 against South Korean Hyeon Chung. Of those 22 "big ones", the one that has won the most is precisely the Australian Open with 10 championships, followed by 7 at Wimbledon, 3 at the US Open and 2 more at Roland Garros.
Along with Nadal, he is the only one to have won at least two titles in each of the four Grand Slams. But there he does not end. It's not that it's coincidence. Djokovic has been planted in all tournaments with a real chance of winning, even on the clay of Paris.
Since Australia is where he has won the most titles, it is also where he has won the most with 89. Then comes Wimbledon, with 86 wins, followed by 85 at Roland Garros. This is precisely the most surprising fact. Finally, his 81 victories at the US Open appear.
The Serbian is the only player in history to record at least 80 wins in each of the four Grand Slams. According to Novak Djokovic, those difficulties have made him appreciate everything he has, and have also contributed to forging his benevolent character.
Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas
Following his historic Australian Open title win, Novak Djokovic revealed the tournament he always dreamed of winning as a child. "When I was eight, I was in my room, in Belgrade Serbia, where I'm from, and I was making the improvised Wimbledon trophy out of the materials that I had in the room.
I was making like a little toy and I had a game with myself and I was looking in the mirror, holding this trophy and saying that I will be a Wimbledon champion one day. So, that was the tournament I always dreamt of winning," he revealed.
"I always wanted to win as many Grand Slams as possible, but I never thought that I am gonna win this many Australian Opens, no," he stated.