Novak Djokovic claims yet another all-time record from Roger Federer
By defeating Matteo Berrettini to reach the US Open semi-finals, Novak Djokovic once again surpasses Roger Federer in a significant statistic.
The world number one secured a 12th career US Open semi-final by overcoming the sixth-seeded Italian in four sets, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
Showing his formidable form against top-ranked opponents, Djokovic has now overtaken the mark set by Federer for most wins over opponents in the top-10.
Prior to the US Open, Rafael Nadal had a 178-99 win-loss record, Federer had 223-123, while Djokovic sat on 223-101.
Now, Djokovic has 224 wins over top-10 opponents, an all-time record.
In 2021, he holds a 9-2 win-loss record against the top-10, having beaten Berrettini three times, Alexander Zverev twice, Stefanos Tsitsipas twice, Daniil Medvedev once and Nadal once.
His two losses came against Nadal in the Rome Masters final and Zverev at the Tokyo Olympics.
Of those 224 wins, 30 came against Nadal and 27 came against Federer. 57 of 224 wins represents 25% of Djokovic’s top-10 victories coming against the other two members of the ‘Big Three’.
Should Djokovic go on to win the US Open, he would have to get past at least world number four Zverev to bring his tally to 225, and most likely world number two Medvedev should the Russian defeat Felix Auger-Aliassime (ranked 15).
Conquering Zverev will by no means be an easy task. The German is on a 16-match win streak spanning the Tokyo Olympics, Cincinnati Masters, and now the US Open, easily the longest streak in his career.
Djokovic and Zverev have never faced each other at the US Open, but have met twice previously at Slam level, at Roland Garros 2019 and the Australian Open this year, both in the quarter-finals.
On both occasions, Djokovic came out the victor, in three and four sets respectively.
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