By reaching five Major finals, the one becomes a notable player at the most significant tennis events, earning many chances to fight for tennis glory. If you achieve that at a single Major, you are easily recognized as the tournament legend, regardless of the score in those finals.
In the Open era, 13 players have managed to compete in the title match at one Major at least five times, with the feat reserved for the most important names of our sport in the previous five decades. To make a list even more exclusive, we should search for those who have competed in five finals at multiple Majors, reducing the charts to eight names.
Jimmy Connors was the first to achieve that at Wimbledon and the US Open, following by his great rivals Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. Ivan Lendl joined the party in the late 80s, with Pete Sampras adding his name to the list with strong performances at Wimbledon and the US Open, the same combo reserved for his older compatriots Connors and McEnroe.
Roger Federer raised the bar even higher, competing with incredible consistency at all four Majors for ten years or so, becoming the first player with five finals at all four Majors. Accepting the challenge, Rafael Nadal joined him at the top following the last year's US Open, with Novak Djokovic standing strong in the line to match them.
The Serb has played in eight finals at the US Open and the Australian Open on his beloved hard court, fighting for the crown at Wimbledon on six occasions and adding four Roland Garros finals to his tally ahead of 2020. Last week, Djokovic became the third player with five finals at all four Majors, earning the fifth title match in Paris following a hard-fought victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets.
Novak experienced an injury ahead of the quarter-final clash with Pablo Carreno Busta, losing the opening set against the Spaniard before bouncing back to seal the deal in four.
Novak Djokovic is the third player with five finals at all for Majors.
Against Tsitsipas, Djokovic had the upper hand almost all the time in the first three sets, wasting a match point at 5-4 in the third and allowing the Greek to set a decider.
Startin all over, Novak raced past his opponent to book the place in the final and join Federer and Nadal on this massive record that should take some beating in the future. Moving a win away from the second Roland Garros crown, Novak lost the title match 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 against the king of clay Rafael Nadal.
The Serb never stood a chance in the opening two sets, recovering his game in the third but still falling in straight sets.