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Shark Bites - Djokovic's $10m Season

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Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic earned $2.3m after winning his first US Open title.

ATP statistics and information guru Greg Sharko looks at the numbers behind the stories on the ATP World Tour.

$10 MILLION CLUB 

After winning his first US Open title and earning $2.3 million, Novak Djokovic set an all-time record for most prize money in a season. He is the third player to earn $10 million in a season, accomplishing the feat in 12 tournaments:

Player (Year) Prize Money Tournaments Played
Novak Djokovic (2011) $10,609,318 12
Rafael Nadal (2010) $10,171,998 17
Roger Federer (2007) $10,130,620 16

 
OPEN ERA RIVALRIES

Djokovic and Nadal met for the 29th time and that is the sixth-most head-to-head meetings in the Open Era. Here is a look at the most head-to-heads (min. 25 meetings):

PlayersNo.Head-to-Head
Ivan Lendl vs John McEnroe 36 Lendl leads 21-15
Jimmy Connors vs Ivan Lendl 35 Lendl leads 22-13
Boris Becker vs Stefan Edberg 35 Becker leads 25-10
Andre Agassi vs Pete Sampras 34 Sampras leads 20-14
Jimmy Connors vs John McEnroe 34 McEnroe leads 20-14
Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal 29 Nadal leads 16-13
Stefan Edberg vs Ivan Lendl 27 Edberg leads 14-13
Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal 25 Nadal leads 17-8
Brian Gottfried vs Raul Ramirez 25 Gottfried leads 15-10

GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT NO. 1 DEBUTS 

Djokovic became the first player to win a title in his Grand Slam tournament debut as No. 1 since Jim Courier captured the Roland Garros crown in 1992. Here is how players fared as No. 1 in their first Slam tournament since Courier's successful title run:

PlayerGrand Slam Tourn. Debut at No. 1Result
Novak Djokovic 2011 US Open Champion
Rafael Nadal 2008 US Open SF
Roger Federer 2004 Roland Garros 3rd Round
Andy Roddick 2004 Australian Open QF
Lleyton Hewitt 2002 Australian Open 1st Round
Gustavo Kuerten 2001 Australian Open 2nd Round
Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1999 Roland Garros 2nd Round
Andre Agassi 1995 Roland Garros QF
Pete Sampras 1993 Roland Garros QF
Jim Courier 1992 Roland Garros Champion


GRAND SLAM TITLE TRIFECTA

Djokovic became the sixth player in the Open Era (since 1968) to capture three Grand Slam titles in a season. In 20 years, three players accomplished the feat and since 2004 it's happened five times by three players. Here is the breakdown of titles won by each:

 

PlayerYearTitles
Novak Djokovic 2011 Aust. Open, Wimbledon, US Open
Rafael Nadal 2010 Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open
Roger Federer 2007 Aust. Open, Wimbledon, US Open
Roger Federer 2006 Aust. Open, Wimbledon, US Open
Roger Federer 2004 Aust. Open, Wimbledon, US Open
Mats Wilander 1988 Aust. Open, Roland Garros, US Open
Jimmy Connors 1974 Aust. Open, Wimbledon, US Open
Rod Laver (Won Grand Slam) 1969 Aust. Open, Roland Garros, Wimb., US Open

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