Novak Djokovic has joined Rafael Nadal as co-leader for most ATP Masters 1000 titles after clinching his second Western & Southern Open title Saturday. The pair has combined to win a staggering 70 titles at the elite level.
In recording a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 final victory over Milos Raonic to claim his 35th Masters 1000 crown, the Serbian edged further clear of Nadal and Roger Federer in the ‘Big Titles’ battle, with a 57th trophy at that level. A ‘Big Title’ is a trophy at a Grand Slam championship, the Nitto ATP Finals or a Masters 1000 tournament.
Djokovic has now won all nine Masters 1000 titles on two occasions. Two years ago, with his first Western & Southern Open crown, Djokovic became the first singles player to complete the Career Golden Masters in the tournament series history (since 1990).
Ahead of the US Open, which begins on Monday, Djokovic wins on average one big title for every 3.3 tournaments played. Nadal and Federer have both won 54 big titles, with the Spaniard winning every 3.4 events he plays. Federer’s conversion rate is one title per 4.3 tournaments contested.
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Djokovic’s win on Saturday gave him his 80th tour-level title. The Serbian trails Jimmy Connors (No. 1, 109), Federer (No. 2, 103), Ivan Lendl (No. 3, 94) and Nadal (No. 4, 85) in that category.
Current and Former Champions’ Big Titles Won (Records Since 1990)
* Becker’s four other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
** Edberg’s three other Grand Slam titles came before 1990.
*** Chang’s one Grand Slam title came before 1990.