The 10 players to beat Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon – Carlos Alcaraz the second to do it twice

Ewan West
Novak Djokovic against Carlos Alcaraz
Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz faced off in the 2023 and 2024 Wimbledon finals

Novak Djokovic has lost 12 matches at Wimbledon during his remarkable career to date, with these defeats coming against 10 different players.

The great Serbian has won seven Wimbledon titles, which is the joint-second highest men’s singles total in the Open Era behind Roger Federer.

Here, we look at the 11 times Djokovic has lost at Wimbledon.

1. Sebastian Grosjean d. Djokovic in 2005 3R

Djokovic made his debut at Wimbledon in 2005 as a qualifier and he progressed to the third round, where he was beaten by Sebastian Grosjean.

Grosjean, a Frenchman who was seeded ninth and reached a career-high ranking of world No 4, defeated Djokovic 7-5, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

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2. Mario Ancic d. Djokovic in 2006 4R

The Serbian went one round further at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, before his run was stopped by Mario Ancic.

The Croatian, who was seeded seventh, battled past Djokovic 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a tough fourth round encounter.

3. Rafael Nadal d. Djokovic in 2007 SF

Djokovic was seeded for the first time at Wimbledon at the 2007 event and he lived up to expectations by reaching the semi-finals.

The fourth seed, who had played a five-setter and three four-setters en route to the last four, retired due to injury when trailing 6-3, 1-6, 1-4 against No 2 seed Rafael Nadal.

4. Marat Safin d. Djokovic in 2008 2R

In 2008, Djokovic was beaten by an unseeded opponent for the only time in his Wimbledon career when he fell to two-time Grand Slam winner and former world No 1 Marat Safin.

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The Russian great ousted a third-seeded Djokovic 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-2 in the second round and went on to reach the semi-finals.

5. Tommy Haas d. Djokovic in 2009 QF

Djokovic was the No 4 seed at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships and he dropped one set on his way to the quarter-finals, where he lost to Tommy Haas.

Haas was the 24th seed, having peaked at second in the ATP Rankings, and he downed the Serbian 7-5, 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3.

6. Tomas Berdych d. Djokovic in 2010 SF

At the 2010 edition of Wimbledon, No 3 seed Djokovic equalled his previous best result by advancing to the last four, before Tomas Berdych ended his run.

Berdych, who was seeded 12th and had upset Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, beat Djokovic 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3 to reach his only Major final — which he lost to Nadal.

7. Roger Federer d. Djokovic in 2012 SF

Djokovic was the world No 1 and defending champion at Wimbledon in 2012, having claimed his maiden crown at the All England Club during a staggering 2011 season.

Third seed Roger Federer ended his Serbian rival’s title defence with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 semi-final triumph, before defeating Andy Murray in the final.

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8. Andy Murray d. Djokovic in 2013 F

At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, Djokovic was the top seed for the second straight year as he made his second final at the event.

Andy Murray, who was the No 2 seed, defeated Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in a memorable title match to become the first British man to win Wimbledon for 77 years.

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9. Sam Querrey d. Djokovic in 2016 3R

Following Wimbledon triumphs in 2014 and 2015, Djokovic was looking to win a third consecutive and fourth title overall at the grass-court Grand Slam in 2016.

The Serbian, who was the No 1 seed, fell to a shock 6-7(6), 1-6, 6-3, 6-7(5) third round defeat to 28th seed Sam Querrey, which ended his bid for a Calendar Grand Slam.

10. Tomas Berdych d. Djokovic in 2017 QF

Berdych became the first player to record multiple victories against Djokovic at Wimbledon when the pair met in the quarter-finals at the 2017 Championships.

Djokovic, who was seeded second, retired due to the elbow injury that ended his season when 11th seed Berdych was leading 7-6(2), 2-0.

11. Carlos Alcaraz d. Djokovic in 2023 F

Djokovic won four straight titles at Wimbledon in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, before his 34-match winning streak at the tournament was ended in 2023.

In an epic 2023 championship match, top seed Carlos Alcaraz overcame No 2 seed Djokovic 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 to become the 10th player to defeat the tennis legend at the All England Club.

12. Carlos Alcaraz d. Djokovic in 2024 F

At the age of 37, Djokovic reached a sixth consecutive Wimbledon final, and 10th overall, at the 2024 edition of the event as he met a third-seeded Alcaraz in a rematch of the previous title match.

Alcaraz delivered a devastating performance to down Djokovic, who was seeded second, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(4) to defend his crown and become the only man to earn two wins over the great Serb in completed Wimbledon matches.

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