Novak Djokovic is consistently strengthening his position as the leader in the ATP Tour career prize money. With the Australian Open title triumph, the Serbian World No. 1 has extended his career prize money lead over Roger Federer by more than $8.8 million.
The Serbian tennis icon Djokovic on Sunday pocketed $4.5 million as the Australian Open men’s singles champion, outplaying Rafael Nadal in straight sets for his 15th Grand Slam title – record seventh at the Melbourne Park to follow his triumphs in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Not just did Djokovic surpass Federer and Roy Emerson for the highest number of Australian Open titles, he also consolidated his position as the highest career prize money earner on the ATP Tour. Federer, Nadal and Andy Murray come next in that order.
The Top five prize winner’s table on the men’s professional circuit also includes Pete Sampras, but it does not have mercurial Andre Agassi.
Novak Djokovic is also the first professional tennis player to breach the $125 million mark in career prize money.
Djokovic has started 2019 on a promising note as he heads to the French Open with a chance to record four consecutive Grand Slam wins. The Australian Open was his third Grand Slam in a row, having won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018.
Having left both Federer and Nadal far behind in career prize money, Djokovic still has a long way to go for coming closer to Federer’s record career 20 Grand Slam titles. He is also two shy of Nadal’s 17, while edgding past Sampras’ 14 with the Australian Open triumph yesterday (Sunday).