History in the Making: Novak Djokovic Matches Roger Federer's Major Triumphs

Novak Djokovic is the second player with 369 Major victories

by Jovica Ilic
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History in the Making: Novak Djokovic Matches Roger Federer's Major Triumphs
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Novak Djokovic claimed his first Major victory at Roland Garros 2005 following a dominant display against Robby Ginepri. Nineteen years later, the Serb has written the record books at the same event, notching his 369th Major triumph in Paris and matching Roger Federer's record!

Novak will have a chance to pass the Swiss in the fourth round on Monday, seeking a place in the Roland Garros quarter-final against Francisco Cerundolo. Djokovic will finish his career with the most wins at Majors, adding that record to an impressive list of other achievements at the most notable tennis scene.

Novak arrived at Roland Garros with 366 wins at Majors, needing three to match Roger. The defending champion kicked off the title chase against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, beating the Frenchman 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 after two and a half hours.

Djokovic played well behind the first and second serve, dropping 16 points in his games and suffering one break from the only chance offered to his opponent.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2005© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Herbert fought well but could not match the rival's pace, experiencing three breaks from seven break points presented to world no.

1. Novak landed 37 winners and 31 unforced errors and had the upper hand in the mid-range and most extended exchanges. The Serb served well in the opener and made the difference with a break in game three. They traded early breaks in the second set and served well after that to reach a tie break.

Novak clinched it 7-3, moving two sets to love in front and closer to the finish line. Djokovic controlled the pace in the third set, delivering one good hold after another and sealing the deal in game ten, celebrating his 367th Major win.

The 368th came against Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round. The Serb toppled the Spaniard 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in two hours and four minutes, moving closer to Federer's milestone.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Novak Djokovic matched Roger Federer's Major record at Roland Garros.

Novak suffered two breaks and erased them with a dominant display on the return, taking 55% of the points in Roberto's games and clinching seven breaks that carried him over the top.

The match kicked off with back-to-back breaks, with two rivals battling hard in the upcoming games. Novak moved 5-4 in front and clinched a break in game ten to secure the opener and provide a boost. The Serb notched three straight breaks in the second set, winning it 6-1 and moving closer to the finish line.

The defending champion served well in the third set and delivered two breaks to end the rival's resistance and book a place in the third round. Novak endured a late-night thriller against Lorenzo Musetti, beating the Italian 7-5, 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in four and half hours at 3:06 am!

Novak and Lorenzo wrote history, presenting the latest finish in the Roland Garros history.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Djokovic squandered a 4-1 advantage in the second set and a set point in the tie break, losing it and sending momentum to the other side.

Musetti used it and claimed the third set 6-2, looking good to deliver a stunner. However, Novak raised his level and dominated sets four and five, sealing the deal and celebrating his 369th Major win. Djokovic claimed 16 points more than his rival thanks to the last two sets.

Lorenzo grabbed five breaks from as many chances, and world no. 1 responded with nine return games on his tally, including six in a row in the final stages of the encounter. The Italian came from 0-30 on serve in the second game of the match and clinched a break in the next one after the Serb's volley error for an early advantage.

Novak broke back in game four and secured the next one after a deuce for a 3-2 lead. They served well in the upcoming games before Djokovic made a push on the return at 6-5. World no. 1 grabbed a break, stealing the opener after 55 minutes and gaining a boost.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Novak made a strong start in the second set and notched a break in the fourth game for a 4-1 advantage. The Italian stayed competitive and pulled the break back in the seventh game for more drama.

They served well in the remaining games and introduced a tie break. Musetti saved a set point at 5-6 with a smash winner and claimed three straight points to level the overall score after two hours and 22 minutes. Lorenzo saved a break point in the early stages of the third set and had the upper hand in the remaining ones.

He broke Djokovic in games four and eight, closing the set in style and moving closer to a career-best victory after three hours and five minutes. With no room for errors, Novak clinched three straight breaks in the fourth set, gaining the upper hand and becoming the favorite ahead of the decider.

Djokovic was the only player on the court in the final set, presenting a bagel and notching his 369th Major win in style.

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