Top 10 men’s Grand Slam match wins: Novak Djokovic edges closer to Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic won his 341st Grand Slam match when he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Australian Open and he is and he is within touching distance of Roger Federer in the list of Top 10 men’s Grand Slam match wins.
The usual suspects of Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl all feature in the list of Top 10 Grand Slam match wins.
However, Djokovic, Nadal and Andy Murray are the only active players on the list.
Djokovic now has a 91.25% winning record at Melbourne Park after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final, having lost only eight of his 97 matches there.
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Top 10 Grand Slam match wins:
10. John McEnroe – 167 Grand Slam match wins (81.55% winning percentage)
The American made his Grand Slam debut at the 1977 French Open, reaching the second round, and he would play 205 major matches before he retired from singles in 1994.
One has to remember that during the early days not too many international players competed at the Australian Open and McEnroe played only five times at the season-opening Grand Slam.
McEnroe ended up winning seven Grand Slams – four of them coming at the US Open and three at Wimbledon.
His Grand Slam win-loss record was 167-38 (81.55%) and his percentage is just shy of his career-effort of 81.7% (883–198).
9. Stefan Edberg – 178 Grand Slam match wins (79.11%)
Swede Edberg competed in only 54 Grand Slam tournaments for a total 225 matches and he won 178 of those.
Edberg, who turned professional in 1983 and retired in 1996, won two Wimbledon titles, two US Open trophies and two Australian Open titles during his 13-year career.
In total he played 1,071 career matches for a win-loss record of 801–270 (74.8%)
8. Andy Murray – 198 Grand Slam match wins (79%)
Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray has played 251 matches at the four big tournaments, winning 198 and losing 53.
His best year in terms of majors came in 2016 when he won his second Wimbledon title and also finished runner-up at the Australian Open and French Open. That year he was 23-3 in the Grand Slams as he also reached the quarter-final of the US Open.
Murray’s career-winning percentage sits at just above 75% (719–235).
7. Pete Sampras – 203 Grand Slam match wins (84.23%)
Winning 14 Grand Slam titles helps quite a bit when it comes to upping your tally of major match wins.
The legendary American played in 52 Grand Slam tournaments with the first coming at the 1988 US Open and the last also taking place at Flushing Meadows in 2002 when he won his final title.
Sampras played a total of 984 matches and had a career-winning percentage of 77.4% (762–222).
6. Ivan Lendl – 222 Grand Slam match wins (81.92%)
The Czech-born American made his Grand Slam debut at the 1978 French Open and his final appearance was in the second round of the 1994 US Open.
He won 222 of his 279 matches at the four big tournaments. In total he reached 19 finals, winning eight Grand Slams.
His career-winning percentage of 81.5% (1068–242) is also neck-and-neck with his Grand Slam tally of 81.92%.
5. Andre Agassi – 224 Grand Slam match wins (81%)
The American played his first-ever Grand Slam match at the 1986 US Open as he lost on his debut at Flushing Meadows and he made an emotional exit in the third round in New York in 2006 as he bowed out of tennis.
He won 224 of the 277 matches he played at the four majors. His Grand Slam winning percentage is quite higher than his 76.0% (870–274) career record.
4. Jimmy Connors – 233 Grand Slam match wins (82.62%)
Connors holds the record for most matches played during a career (1,557) and most matches won during a career (1,274) with a winning percentage of 81.8%. He also tops the list for most titles won as he sits on 109.
As for his Grand Slam record, the American won eight majors with the first coming at the 1974 Australian Open and the final one at the 1983 US Open. Connors though played Grand Slam tennis until the 1992 US Open.
3. Rafael Nadal – 314 Grand Slam match wins (87.95%)
The Grand Slam record-holder for most titles won has played 357 matches at majors and he has an impressive strike rate in finals as he has won 22 of the 30 he has played in.
Nadal made his major main draw debut at Wimbledon in 2003 and won his first Grand Slam title at the 2005 French Open, which marked his debut at Roland Garros. He is likely to add a few more wins to that 314 at this year’s French Open, provided he is fit of course.
The Spaniard has played a total of 1,288 career matches, winning 1068 for a winning percentage of 82.9%.
2. Novak Djokovic – 341 Grand Slam match wins (87.88%)
The 22-time Grand Slam winner has played a total of 388 matches at majors and won an incredible 341 of them with 89 coming at Melbourne Park, 86 at Wimbledon, 85 at Roland Garros and 81 at the US Open.
His overall career-record stands at 1,043–206 (83.5%) while he is fifth behind Connors (1,274), Federer (1,251) and Lendl and Nadal (1,068) in terms of most matches won.
Djokovic, of course, is now alone in fourth place for most titles won (93) and he could still catch Federer (103) and Connors (109).
1. Roger Federer – 369 Grand Slam match wins (86.01%)
One-by-one Federer’s records are slipping away and there is no doubt that Djokovic will eventually surpass his tally for most Grand Slam wins.
For now the Swiss maestro is the only player with more than 400 Grand Slam matches played (429) and he also holds a 32-match win advantage over Djokovic.
Like Djokovic and Nadal, Federer’s career-win percentage of 82% (win-loss record 1,251–275) is below his Grand Slam record.
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