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Novak Djokovic scored the 1,000 on Saturday. match-winning of his illustrious career and joined an exclusive group of men’s tennis players.
Djokovic’s 1,000. Victory came through a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Casper Ruud in the semi-finals of the Italian Open in Rome.
Per sportsmanDjokovic is only the fifth man in history to win the equivalent of 1,000 ATP Tour matches, after Jimmy Connors (1,274), Roger Federer (1,251), Ivan Lendl (1,068) and Rafael Nadal (1,051).
Djokovic, 34, has been a professional since 2003 and during that time has established himself as one of the most successful tennis players of all time.
Djoker is the current No. 1 player in the world, and since his first rise to this level in 2011, he has spent a lot of time at No.
His 20 career Grand Slam singles titles are second only to Nadal, who has won 21.
After winning three of last year’s four Grand Slam titles, Djokovic didn’t have an opportunity to repeat himself as Australian Open champion earlier this year.
Not being vaccinated against COVID-19, Djokovic was not allowed to play at the Aussie Open, but he will face no such obstacles at the remaining Grand Slams this year.
The next Grand Slam on the schedule is the French Open, which begins later this month and runs into June.
Djokovic is a two-time French Open champion, including last year when he beat Nadal in the semifinals before getting past Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
The Serbian star is gearing up for the French Open as part of the clay-court season and victory at the Italian Open could go a long way towards establishing him as a French Open favorite over Nadal.
On Sunday, Djokovic will be fighting for the Italian Open title and his 1,001. Fight career win if he faces Tsitsipas.