Novak Djokovic's Bagel Bonanza: Chasing Andre Agassi's Major Feat

Novak Djokovic stands on 48 bagels at Majors, two behind Andre Agassi

by Jovica Ilic
Novak Djokovic's Bagel Bonanza: Chasing Andre Agassi's Major Feat
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Novak Djokovic, the maestro of bagels, has once again showcased his mastery at the Australian Open, tallying up two more to reach a total of 48 bagels at Major events. This outstanding performance is a testament to Djokovic's enduring prowess on the grand stage, a journey that began at the age of 18 in 2005 when he served up a couple of resounding 6-0 sets against Robby Ginepri at Roland Garros.

Nearly two decades later, the Serb continues to dazzle at 36, demonstrating his ability to overpower his opponents with flawless sets, now just two shy of Andre Agassi's legendary record of 50 bagels. Agassi's milestone looms on the horizon, and Djokovic, still the dominant force at Majors, appears poised to surpass it, maybe already in 2024.

Novak's major supremacy was evident in 2023, clinching three titles from four finals and setting the stage for another compelling campaign in 2024. Reflecting on Djokovic's bagel journey, it began with that memorable 2005 Roland Garros debut against Ginepri.

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However, he did not stop there. The young prodigy added more bagels to his repertoire by 2008, taking a brief hiatus until his resounding return in 2011.

From 2011 to 2015, Djokovic compiled 24 bagels at Majors, rewriting the history books with his dominance on the grandest stages. Since 2019, Djokovic has continued his bagel spree, steadily climbing to 48 and leaving tennis luminaries like Rafael Nadal, Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, and Roy Emerson in his wake.

Now, at 36, Novak stands just two bagels away from Agassi's illustrious mark, a feat he pursued with unwavering determination, demonstrated by his recent commanding display against Adrian Mannarino in Melbourne. As the season unfolds, Djokovic sets his sights on matching and, quite possibly, surpassing Agassi's bagel legacy, adding another remarkable chapter to his extraordinary career.

Novak met Adrian in the Australian Open's fourth round and scored a dominant 6-0, 6-0, 6-3 victory.

Novak Djokovic stands on 48 bagels at Majors, two shy of Andre Agassi.

As the result suggests, the Serb dominated on serve and return, defending all three break chances and rattling off 13 straight games before the Frenchman recovered his strokes a bit.

Novak presented a double bagel in 67 minutes and brought the victory home with a single break in the third set. Mannarino missed his return chances in the opening two sets and struggled behind the initial shot, allowing Djokovic to add two bagels to his already impressive tally.

Interestingly, the first bagel could have been missed already in the first game, with Novak facing two break points. He saved them with winners and gathered a boost.

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The defending champion landed a volley winner on the third break chance in the second game, forging his first advantage and never looking back.

Mannarino sprayed a backhand error in the fourth game, falling 4-0 behind and serving to stay in the set after Djokovic's hold at love for 5-0. The Serb placed a deep return in game six, drawing the rival's mistake and securing a bagel in 33 minutes.

Novak drew Adrian's backhand error in the second game of the second set, extending his streak. Djokovic moved 3-0 up with an ace in game three and delivered his tenth game in a row a few minutes later after Mannarino's loose backhand.

The defending champion opened a 5-0 gap with an ace and clinched a break at 15 in game six after the rival's wayward backhand, celebrating his 48th bagel at Majors.

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