Novak Djokovic continues to break records as the World No. 1 cruises into the semi-finals of the French Open 2021 which will be his 40th career semi-final at the Grand Slams.
Djokovic who defeated Italian Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals of the French Open 2021, becomes the 2nd man after Roger Federer to qualify for 40 semi-finals on the biggest stage in the world of tennis. Federer currently leads the list with 46 appearances in Grand Slam semi-finals.
Djokovic sits 2nd on the list with 6 behind Federer, and 5 ahead of 3rd placed Rafael Nadal who has 35 Grand Slam semi-finals. However, in the list of all-time semi-finals Djokovic finds himself 5th on the list with 162 semi-finals in a list lead by American great Jimmy Connors who tops the list with 243 career semi-finals which include 31 semis in the Grand Slams.
In a tweet posted by the official handle of Roland Garros showing an animated Djokovic who after being booed by the crowd in the early stages of the match, led out a loud roar to celebrate his victory at the Philippe-Chatrier which received a mixed-set of reactions from twitter users.
While, some appreciated his passion, others ridiculed on his over-the-top celebrations for reaching the semi-finals which sets him up with the defending champion Rafael Nadal.
“This match had it all: falls, crowd and break. It was a lot of intensity. I just felt under tension the entire time and missed some chances to end it in three. It was just super, super stressful to constantly be under pressure […] the reaction in the end was just me liberating that tension that was building up for the entire match.” said Djokovic after his win.
Novak Djokovic has the highest no. of Big titles
Novak Djokovic has won 18 Grand Slams and is just 2 behind fellow Big-3 members Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer who share 20 Grand Slams each. He led in the most number of Masters titles won, before Nadal won the 2021 Rome Masters to tie with the Serbian as they both have 36 Masters titles each, while Federer has 28 Masters to his name.
In terms of Big titles that include the Grand Slams, All Tour Finals, Masters and the Olympics, Djokovic leads the pack with 59 titles to his name with Nadal at 57 followed by Federer at 54 as the Big-3 continue to dominate the sport.
Of the 40 Grand Slam semis, Djokovic has 11 semi-finals at the French Open, 9 semis at the Wimbledon, 11 semis at the US Open and 9 at the Australian Open where he has never lost in the semi-finals and has won the title on all 9 occasions, establishing a dominant authority at the Melbourne Park.
Nadal and Djokovic are both tied on 28 Grand Slam finals each and trail Federer who has 31 finals from his 46 semi-final appearances. Despite the battles for records between them, the Big-3 they have jointly carried the sport on their shoulders in the last 2 decades and have left behind a strong legacy along with innumerous records in their names.