The Novak Djokovic streamer is heading to Wimbledon, where he will once again try to break all sorts of records, so it’s only fair that we give you the full lowdown on the Serbian ahead of the tournament.
This year will mark Djokovic’s 18th appearance in the main draw of the grass court Grand Slam and he will be looking to equal Roger Federer for most titles won at SW19 (more on that below).
He will also move further ahead of Rafael Nadal in terms of the overall Grand Slam record, while remaining in the hunt for a Calendar Grand Slam to emulate the great Rod Laver’s 1969 Open Era feat.
Fresh from winning a third Roland Garros title, claiming a record 23rd major, Djokovic will be looking to reach more milestones at Wimbledon this year.
Novak Djokovic has won seven Wimbledon titles, four of which came in the last four editions. If he is the last man standing at the All England Club this year, he will join Federer at the top of the list for most Wimbledon titles won in the Open Era.
He has won trophies at SW19 in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.
If he wins Wimbledon again this year, he will not only extend his record for most Grand Slams in the Open Era, moving two ahead of Nadal, but he will also complete the third leg of a Calendar Grand Slam. It will also be the fourth time he has won at least three majors in one year.
Djokovic has won 28 consecutive matches at Wimbledon with only Bjorn Borg (41), Roger Federer (40) and Pete Sampars (31) ahead of him in the queue for the longest winning streaks. Another title run will see him move ahead of Sampras on the list.
In fact, Djokovic has not officially lost a match at Wimbledon since 2016, when he left the tournament in 2017 on the back of a quarter-final retirement due to an elbow injury. His last official defeat came in the third round in 2016 when he was beaten in four sets by American Sam Querrey.
Center Court is his playground
Novak Djokovic has not lost a match on Center Court since 2013, when he was beaten in the final by Andy Murray. In case you were wondering, his 2016 match against Tomas Berdych as well as his 2017 showdown against Querrey took place on Court No. 1.
Novak Djokovic’s complete Wimbledon record
Novak Djokovic has played 96 matches at the All England Club and he has won an incredible 86 of them. Unsurprisingly, he holds the best record for active players with Andy Murray second best with 60 wins and Rafael Nadal with 58 wins.
Overall, he is just behind Federer as the Swiss has won 105 matches at SW19, although Djokovic has a win rate of 89.58% compared to Federer’s 88.24%.
2005 – Third round (Sebastian Grosjean)
2006 – Fourth round (Mario Ancic)
2007 – Semifinal (retired – Rafael Nadal)
2008 – Second round (Marat Safin)
2009 – Quarterfinals (Tommy Haas)
2010 – Semi-final (Tomas Berdych)
2011 – Champion
2012 – Semifinal (Roger Federer)
2013 – Final (Andy Murray)
2014 – Champion
2015 – Champion
2016 – Third Round (Sam Querrey)
2017 – Quarterfinals (retired – Tomas Berdych)
2018 – Champion
2019 – Champion
2021 – Champions
2022 – Champion
Prize money won by Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic has already won more than £15 million in prize money at Wimbledon, which is just under 11% of his total career prize money earnings of £134,202,556 ($169,762,762).
2022 – £2,000,000 as champion
2021 – £1,700,000 as champion
2019 – £2,350,000 as champion
2018 – £2,250,000 as champion
2017 – £275,000 for reaching the quarter-finals
2016 – £80,000 for reaching the third round
2015 – £1,880,000 as champion
2014 – £1,760,000 as champion
2013 – £800,000 as runner-up
2014 – £287,500 for reaching the semi-finals
2011 – £1,100,000 as champion
2010 – £250,000 for reaching the semi-finals
2009 – £106,250 for reaching the quarter-finals
2008 – £17,000 for reaching second round
2007 – No figures available but one semi-finalist earned £187,500 in 2008
2006 – No figures available but 2008 fourth round prize money was £50,000
2005 – No figures available but 2008 second round prize money was £28,125
Novak Djokovic Wimbledon Controversy
Unlike the other Grand Slams where Djokovic has a bit of history, his record at Wimbledon over the years is squeaky clean.
The biggest drama involving the Serb at SW19 surrounds on-court disputes and altercations with chair umpires, par for the course. He has also been the subject of boos from the Center Court crowd at times, especially after his last win of 2019 over Federer.
After the match he said: “It’s hard not to pay attention to the crowd. Sometimes you just try to ignore it, which is quite difficult. I like to transform it in a way: when the audience sings ‘Roger’, I hear ‘Novak’. It sounds silly, but it’s true. I try to convince myself that it is so. It looks like ‘Roger’ and ‘Novak!’
But that pales in comparison to being deported from Australia, being disqualified from the US Open or being barred from traveling to the US because of being unvaccinated.
Novak Djokovic 2023 Wimbledon fitness and playing status
Djokovic struggled with a hamstring injury in the build-up to this year’s Australian Open, while battling an elbow problem ahead of the French Open, but still won both titles.
He has a clean bill of health ahead of Wimbledon and should be fresh for his title tilt, having been on break since winning his historic title at Roland Garros in early June.
The Serbian is seeded behind Carlos Alcaraz, so he can only face the world No.1 in the final, although he could face the likes of Daniil Medvedev and Casper Ruud in the semi-finals, but then again, he should be good enough to beat both of those players