By winning his second Madrid Open on Sunday, Novak Djokovic equaled tennis greats Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg in terms of career ATP titles at 64. That ranks the Serb tied for 7th on the Open Era titles leaderboard, just five away from matching Rafael Nadal and 10 from Rod Laver’s 5th place.
Given Djokovic is about to turn just 29 in a few days, passing both would seem to be a sure bet. Reaching Roger Federer who is 24 ahead is a bigger ask.
“It’s obviously very flattering to be alongside such legends of the sport,” Djokovic said on Sunday. “Tennis players that I was looking up to, especially Pete Sampras. When I was growing up he was ruling the tennis world.
“To win as many titles as he did in his career, it’s quite amazing. It’s an achievement that I’m very proud of,” he added. “It’s a motivation more. When you get to this particular I would say phase of your career, you need to constantly look for more ways of inspiring and motivating yourself to keep going and aspire to new goals. That will definitely help my motivation.”
Most ATP Titles In Open Era (60 or more)
1 Jimmy Connors 109
2 Ivan Lendl 94
3 Roger Federer 88
4 John McEnroe 77
5 Rod Laver 74
6 Rafael Nadal 69
7 Bjorn Borg 64
7 Pete Sampras 64
7 Novak Djokovic 64
10 Guillermo Vilas 62
11 Andre Agassi 60
Djokovic is in Rome this where he’ll begin tomorrow against French qualifier Stephane Robert.
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