Last Saturday, world no. 1 Novak Djokovic claimed his fifth Dubai crown, celebrating in the desert for the first time since 2013 to lift the 79th ATP title. The Serb was the top favorite to go all the way after a perfect start of the 2020 campaign, winning both the ATP Cup and the Australian Open and making a furious start in Dubai to beat three rivals in no time at all.
Novak had to work much harder in the semi-final against another in-form player Gael Monfils, fending off three match points in the second set tie break to advance into the final where he ousted Stefanos Tsitsipas for the first title at this event in seven years.
Thus, Novak became only the second player in the Open era with at least five titles at eight different tournaments, joining Roger Federer who has collected five trophies at nine events and leaving Rafael Nadal further down on six.
At the moment, Federer stands on ten titles in Halle and Basel, adding eight at Wimbledon and Dubai as well. He is the seven-time Cincinnati winner, gathering six cups at the ATP Finals and the Australian Open and delivering five at the US Open and Indian Wells.
On the other hand, Novak is closing on Federer's record and will catch as soon as he conquers Rome, Canada or Shanghai, standing on four crowns at those events. Novak has been the player to beat at the Australian Open with eight titles, earning six in Beijing and Miami while celebrating five times at the ATP Finals, Indian Wells, Wimbledon, Paris and Dubai to stand just behind Federer.
With his incredible consistency throughout the season and on every surface, Novak has an excellent opportunity to match Roger's record and even pass the Swiss, hoping to stay on the Tour for many more years and fight for as many notable achievements as possible.