Djokovic Rewrites Record Books Again, Surpassing Federer During Roland Garros

Djokovic Rewrites Record Books Again, Surpassing Federer During Roland Garros

by Sebastian Dahlman

Novak Djokovic has rewritten record books once again as he replaced Roger Federer as the player with the best winning percentage in tiebreaks.

Novak Djokovic once famously said that he knows that he can win a tiebreak against anyone and that's certainly proven the case over the course of his career. He played five tiebreaks at the 2023 Roland Garros, going 5-0 in them which allowed him to rewrite the history books.

The record Djokovic broke is one of Roger Federer as the Swiss Maestro had the best winning percentage in the sport when it comes to tiebreaks. Federer won 65.4 % of the tiebreaks he played (466-247). Djokovic was at 65.1 % ahead of Roland Garros but after going 5-0 at the event this year he improved to 65.7% which is a new record.

His current overall record in tiebreaks is 306-162 and he might even improve that at this event. He'll certainly improve that during this year, especially with grass coming up and perhaps the indoor swing later this year.

Breaking records is something he does well and he's eyeing one big one at this year's French Open. Beating Khachanov in the quarter-finals allowed him to advance to the semi-finals where world number one Alcaraz awaits.

Should he beat him, Djokovic will contest the final and likely be favoured against either Alexander Zverev or Casper Ruud. A triumph would give him a 23rd Grand Slam trophy, the highest mark in the history of men's tennis. He would also reclaim the number one spot on the ATP Tour which isn't a goal of his but it's a good thing to have for draws.

In other news, Rafael Nadal is also on the list of players with the best tiebreak mark but his percentage is 61 % as of right now.


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