The Wimbledon Champion for 2018, Novak Djokovic is now only behind the all-time great roger federer in tennis career prize money from professional tennis. Djokovic’s $3 million (£2.25 mn) prize purse for Wimbledon title triumph has relegated Rafael nadal to the third position.
Novak Djokovic has claimed his fourth title on Sunday at The Wimbledon Championships 2018, by beating Kevin Anderson. In what proved to be a propitious moment for 31-year old Serbian, Djokovic earned his first title in more than two years taking his total Grand Slam tally to 13. The win puts Novak Djokovic in the second position in the all-time tennis career prize money list.
After over two years of title-drought and hiatus resulting from injuries and surgeries, Djokovic seeded 12th, won 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) against the 32-year-old South African to claim his 13th Grand Slam title – his first major since the 2016 French Open and overall fourth at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships.
Djokovic ’s triumph leading to a paycheck of $3 million (£2.25 mn) now puts him into the second spot in the list of all-time tennis career prize money earnings in the open era of the sport. His $114 million all-time earnings leave behind Rafael nadal who is at the third spot with $13 million short. roger federer stays in the No. 1 position.
roger federer remains one of the most successful tennis professional with all-time career prize money earning at $117 million. However, Djokovic after his glorious return is slowly and steadily closing the gap with the Swiss legend as he is now just $2 million shy to reach this feat.
Federer was beaten by eventual finalist Anderson at the quarter-final stage of The Championships 2018. The South African took the fifth set 13-11 having been match point down in the third. Federer will still take home £281,000 ($372,242) in prize money. Rafael nadal is still “languishing” on the third spot with $101 million total career prize money after crashing out of the semi-final stage losing to the champion Djokovic on Saturday. Nadal will return home richer by £562,000 ($744,481).
Interestingly, one of the Djokovic ’s record still remains broken. He continues to remain the highest prize money earner in a single season when he pocketed $21,146,145 in 2015 winning three Grand Slam titles in the year except for the French Open. The US tennis star Andy Murray trails behind with $16,349,701 earned in 2016 season.
Djokovic has returned just in time to reclaim his heroics in the international tennis arena, especially after going down with a serious, career-threatening elbow injury for which he underwent a surgery in late January this year.
In Australian Open this year, he was seen playing in a restricted service motion and a fragile, preoperative right elbow encased in a compression sleeve. He won in the second round against Gael Monfils and then in the third round eliminated Albert Ramos Viñolas in straight sets, before bowing out in close straight sets against Chung Hyeon from South Korea.
In the Indian Wells tournament in March, almost a month after his surgery, the Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel knocked Djokovic out in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open as his unforced error count hit 58. He also suffered a shocking defeat at Roland Garros last month against the Italian outsider Marco Cecchinato in the French Open quarterfinals.