Novak Djokovic Wins Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award

Novak Djokovic claimed three Major titles in 2023

by Jovica Ilic
Novak Djokovic Wins Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award
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Novak Djokovic secured the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year! Novak lifted the prestigious award for his stellar performance in 2023, securing his fifth Laureus honor and matching the record-holder Roger Federer.

Tom Brady presented Djokovic with the trophy in Madrid, and the Serb felt honored to receive the award from his sporting hero and a good friend. Established in 2000, the Laureus World Sports Award honors the most prominent athletes.

Roger Federer took charge in 2005, rattling off four awards and writing history books. Rafael Nadal earned the Laureus Award in 2011 after lifting three Major crowns in 2010, and Novak Djokovic joined the party in 2012 following a historic 2011.

Novak Djokovic, Laureus 2024© Pablo Cuadra / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

Djokovic claimed two more awards in 2015 and 2016, with his fourth trophy coming in 2019, honoring his incredible comeback in the previous year.

Two years after Nadal's award, a male tennis player holds the prestigious trophy again, with Djokovic leaving behind Mondo Duplantis, Erling Haaland, Noah Lyles, Lionel Messi and Max Verstappen. Novak turned 36 in 2023, but there was no one to stop him from reaching ultimate tennis glory.

The Serb claimed three Major titles from four finals, increasing his tally to 24 and leaving Rafael Nadal behind to terminate the GOAT race. Djokovic clinched his eighth year-end no. 1 honor, raising the bar and securing more records that will take some beating in the decades to come.

Novak Djokovic wins the 2024 Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award.

Novak saved a match point in the first event of the season in Adelaide against Sebastian Korda, prevailing 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 and notching his 92nd ATP title.

He did not have to wait long to celebrate the 23rd, competing at the Australian Open as the top favorite. Djokovic reached the final and ousted Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 in just under three hours, matching Nadal's 22 Major trophies and celebrating in Melbourne for the tenth time!

Novak slowed down a bit in the upcoming months, thinking only about Roland Garros. The Serb delivered his A-game in Paris, defeating Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud en route to a record-breaking 23rd Major title. Novak became the first player with three trophies at all four Majors, leading the charts and continuing his outstanding season.

Novak Djokovic, Laureus 2024© Pablo Cuadra / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

Djokovic set his eyes on his eighth Wimbledon trophy, winning four consecutive titles since 2018. The Serb reached another final in London, facing Carlos Alcaraz and falling in five sets after a massive battle.

It was Djokovic's only loss at Majors in 2023, as he left it behind and charged in New York two months later. Novak came from two sets to love down against his compatriot Laslo Djere in the opening rounds before raising his level, setting the title clash against Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic defeated Medvedev 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 after a massive battle, earning his 24th Major title and increasing his incredible legacy at 36. Novak crowned the season with the ATP Finals trophy in Turin, beating Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner and celebrating his seventh title of the year.

Novak Djokovic