Novak Djokovic matches Roger Federer's ultimate Major record in 'Club 70'



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Novak Djokovic matches Roger Federer's ultimate Major record in 'Club 70'

To score 70 Major wins, the one has to compete on a high level at the most notable tennis events for years. Over 80 players have achieved that in the Open era, and the list gets much more exclusive if we talk about those who have collected 70 triumphs at a single Major!

That feat makes you one of the legends of a particular Major tournament, with eight competitors achieving that since 1968. Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Boris Becker did that at one Major, with Jimmy Connors standing above them with marvelous performances at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Still, two names are ruling this chart, accomplishing 70 triumphs at all four Majors, earning the record that will take some beating in the decades to come! At Roland Garros last year, Roger Federer collected his 70th win at that event, becoming the first player with that many victories at all four Majors.

Novak Djokovic was right behind him, competing on a high level at all four events, regardless of the surface and the opponents to move closer to Federer. The Serb has collected 75 wins at the US Open and the Australian Open, delivering 72 at Wimbledon and heading to Paris this week with 68 Roland Garros triumphs under his belt.

Passing the second round at the last Major of the season, Novak became the second player after Roger with 70 wins at all four Majors, proving his outstanding consistency on the most significant scene once again and remaining on course for the 18th Major crown.

Novak defeated Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 23 minutes to grab the record. It was another impressive performance from the world's leading player, hitting ten aces and facing only two break points in the third set.

Berankins was far from those numbers, spraying 25 unforced errors (Djokovic was on 25 winners and 14 mistakes) and suffering six breaks from seven chances offered to Novak. Making a strong start, Djokovic hit ten winners and six unforced errors in the opener, winning all points after landing the first serve in.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the only players with 70 wins at all four Majors.

On the other hand, Berankis couldn't make an impact behind the initial shot, dropping nine out of 14 points and getting broken twice to propel Novak towards 6-1 in 22 minutes.

Djokovic held at 30 in the first game with a forehand winner at the net and forced an error from Berankis in game two to build an early advantage. The Serb opened a 3-0 lead before the Lithuanian held at 15 to get his name on the scoreboard.

World no. 1 produced another comfortable hold, broke Berankis at love and sealed the opener with a hold at love following a forehand winner for 6-1 in no time. Ricardas missed an easy forehand at the net in the first game of the second set, squandering those break opportunities in the next one and holding at love in game three for 1-2.

A service winner sent Novak 3-1 in front, firing another in game six to remain in front. Berankis suffered a break in game seven, allowing Novak to seal the set with another comfortable hold at 5-2. Experiencing a back injury, Berankis called for a trainer ahead of set number three, spraying a forehand error in the first game to send Djokovic in front.

The Serb closed the second game with a hold at love after another unreturned serve, delivering a break in game three to move closer to the finish line. A forehand winner sent Novak 4-0 up, bringing the sixth game home in style and serving for the victory at 5-2.

World no. 1 sealed the deal with an ace in game eight, wrapping up an excellent performance and racing into the third round.