An era of dominance enjoyed by a quartet of remarkable individuals at the top of men’s tennis over the course of the last two decades is well documented, with four all-time greats raising a bar of excellence to a height that few others can dare to dream of reaching.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic have cemented legacies that will stand the test of time, with their exploits set to live on in the memory banks long after the days come for them to put down respective rackets.
Where Do They Stand Now?
For those who bet on tennis markets, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Swiss and British superstars have started to slip slightly out of contention – though they should, of course, never be written off – but the Spanish and Serbian icons remain very much in the hunt for more major honors.
As attention begins to turn towards the grass-court season, Wimbledon betting markets currently have Djokovic priced as a +110 favorite to emerge victorious at SW19, while eternal rival Nadal is priced at +600 to complete a hat-trick of triumphs in South London.
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Djokovic continues to sit at the top of the ATP World Rankings and has already achieved this feat across the last three stagings of the prestigious event, with six successes to his name in total – leaving him just one short of Pete Sampras and William Renshaw on an illustrious roll of honor and two adrift of Federer.
Djokovic will fancy his chances of going all the way again in 2022, given the gold standard he has set on his favored surface, and could be about to join another exclusive club when it comes to unworldly feats of individual brilliance.
Only three men in the Open era have claimed the Wimbledon crown on four successive occasions, while just seven have managed that across the glittering 145-year history of the event.
Djokovic has already achieved greatness, with trophies expected rather than longed for across any given season, but he will never grow tired of re-writing the record books and enhancing a standing in the global game that marks him out from mere mortals.
He will, as a tennis aficionado, be well aware that another notable landmark falls within his reach. For all that he has achieved through the years, ambition and desire continue to burn as bright as ever when it comes to further separate the best from the rest.
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— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) July 11, 2021
Since 1968, when Wimbledon embraced professional performers, only Federer (five times between 2003 and 2007), Sampras (four times between 1997 and 2000), and Swedish legend Bjorn Borg (five times between 1976 and 1980) have enjoyed greater runs than Djokovic in the present.
Turning the clock further back to the amateur era and William Renshaw (six), Reginald Doherty (four), Laurence Doherty (five), and Anthony Wilding (four), all went back-to-back-to-back-to-back.
It has been 15 years since the last relentless run came to a close when Nadal snapped Federer’s sequence in 2008, and 11 years since Djokovic hoisted the golden Gentleman’s Singles title aloft for the first time in 2011. He has not had things all his own way since then, but a four-peat is now on the cards and few others can claim to have been so dominant in the most competitive of sporting arenas.