Novak Djokovic, in his bid for 18th Grand Slam, has started on a strong note at the French Open 2020. The 33-year-old Serb after winning his opening round contest rather comfortably, had another easy outing as he thrashed Ricardas Berankis in straight sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the Round of 64. With this win, Djokovic has claimed his 70th victory at Roland Garros.
Not only this, Djokovic has joined Roger Federer in an exclusive club for 70+ wins in each and every Grand Slam. The Serb has termed the achievement of this record as a ‘proud’ and ‘happy’ moment.
Grand Slams are obviously the biggest tournaments in our sport: Novak Djokovic
After his second-round match, Djokovic was reminded by the reporters about this record. The Serb said, “Grand Slams are obviously the biggest tournaments in our sport. Historically, they count the most. So, of course, winning that many matches in each slam is a great achievement, and of course it makes me proud, makes me happy.”
The 17-time Major champion further added, “Over the two weeks it takes a lot of energy and effort to invest into winning a Grand Slam. It’s kind of a confirmation for me that I have been able to play my best tennis throughout my career in the biggest tournaments.”
The popular term in tennis, the ‘Big Three’ comprises of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. While two of the three are in the 70+ club, Nadal has a long way to go to enter the exclusive club. This is because the Spaniard has only 53 wins at Wimbledon so far, 65 at the Australian Open and 64 at the US Open. Only at Roland Garros has Nadal managed to have 70+ wins.