By beating Cam Norrie 6-4, 6-4 in Thursday’s Davis Cup Finals, Novak Djokovic extended a number of streaks, including his current winning streak of 21 matches and 24 sets in a row in singles play at the international team event.
But he’s been serving up another streak as well.
Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 34 matches in a row by retaining all ten of his serve games against Norrie.
Hubert Hurkacz broke Novak Djokovic’s service in the fifth game of the second set to take a 3-2 lead in the round of 16 of the ATP Finals, the previous time anyone has done so. Djokovic hasn’t been broken since winning his final six service games in that match, which he won 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-1.
Novak DJOKOVIC’S 34-GAME STREAK:
Defeated Hurkacz at the ATP Finals straight sets for the sixth time.
Beat Alcaraz in all nine service games in the ATP Finals semifinals.
Played Sinner at the ATP Finals and won all nine of their service games.
Took all ten service games in the Davis Cup Finals quarterfinals against Norrie.
And it doesn’t end here, just five of the thirty-four service games ended in a tie, three of which were against Alcaraz and two against Sinner. Out of the total of 29 holds, five are at 30, thirteen at 15, and eleven at love.
In his 34 service games, he has saved a grand total of six break points—two from Sinner and four from Alcaraz. In Saturday’s Davis Cup semifinal match between Serbia and Italy, Djokovic will very certainly see Sinner for the third time in twelve days.
On Thursday, only four days after claiming an unprecedented eighth ATP Finals title, Novak Djokovic returned to action in the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga, Spain. In another impressive display, Djokovic defeated Cam Norrie, 6-4, 6-4, extending his Davis Cup singles winning streak to 40 matches.
In his on-court interview afterwards, Djokovic expressed his admiration for Cameron Norrie, calling him a “great player” who competed fiercely. “Getting the job done is fantastic because I haven’t played many left-handers recently”.
The most incredible pressure and inspiration come from playing for your nation. We are starting to feel the effects in our legs after a lengthy season.
More astounding perhaps is the fact that this was the world number one’s 21st consecutive Davis Cup singles victory; this streak ranks fifth all-time, and he is rapidly approaching the fourth-longest.
Marcos Baghdatis had a 36-game winning streak in the Davis Cup, while Bjorn Borg has a 33-game winning streak. Rafael Nadal with 29 games and Boris Becker with 22 games are also part of the streak club. And now Novak Djokovic with 21 games won in a row, has also become a part of the gang.
In the 2011 Davis Cup semifinal match between Serbia and Argentina, on September 18th, Djokovic suffered a back injury and retired from the match against Juan Martin del Potro. That was more than twelve years ago. Plus, there’s another run in progress.
Djokovic extended his Davis Cup winning streak to 24 sets with his straight-set triumph over Norrie. On February 3, 2017, which is 2,484 days ago, he lost a set to Daniil Medvedev. However, he recovered to take a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 1-0 lead before Medvedev retired from the match because to cramps.
In the opening singles match of the tie, Miomir Kecmanovic defeated Jack Draper in two tie-breaks, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6). Serbia advanced to the quarterfinals thanks to Djokovic’s triumph over Great Britain. Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski were supposed to go off against Novak Djokovic and Dusan Lajovic in the doubles rubber, but it was postponed.
In the past three years, Serbia—who won the Davis Cup in 2010—have advanced to the semifinals of the tournament twice. In 2021, they lost to Croatia in the finals. On Saturday, they’ll take on Italy in the semifinals, which might feature a thrilling matchup between Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner.