The next is a timeline charting how Djokovic caught up with Federer and Nadal.
2003: Federer grew to become the most recent entrant into the Grand Slam membership with the primary of his eight Wimbledon titles, beating Mark Philippoussis within the closing.
Tally: Federer 1
2004: The Swiss flexed his muscle groups by successful three majors – the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open – dropping within the third spherical of the French Open.
Tally: Federer 4
2005: Federer defended his Wimbledon crown and U.S. Open crowns whereas Nadal burst on to the scene along with his first French Open title beating Mariano Puerta within the closing.
Tally: Federer 6, Nadal 1
2006: Federer loved one other trophy-laden yr successful three majors whereas Nadal laid the muse for a interval of dominance on clay along with his second French Open title.
Tally: Federer 9, Nadal 2
2007: The seemingly unstoppable Federer repeated his feat from the earlier yr however the French Open title continued to elude him as Nadal thwarted him within the closing for a second straight yr.
Tally: Federer 12, Nadal 3
2008: Djokovic hit huge time along with his maiden main, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga within the Australian Open closing. After his French Open triumph, Nadal surprised Federer within the Wimbledon closing however the Swiss responded by successful the U.S. Open.
Tally: Federer 13, Nadal 5, Djokovic 1
2009: Nadal received his first hardcourt Grand Slam title, edging out Federer in 5 units in Australian Open closing. Nevertheless, Nadal’s 31-game successful streak at Roland Garros got here to an finish within the fourth spherical, permitting Federer to assert his solely claycourt main trophy.
Nadal was unable to defend his Wimbledon title as he was pressured to drag out with knee issues.
The Swiss went on to assert his document 15th main at Wimbledon, surpassing Pete Sampras’ tally. He completed the season because the year-end primary for the fifth time in his profession.
Tally: Federer 15, Nadal 6, Djokovic 1
2010: Federer began the yr by successful the Australian Open for a fourth time.
But it surely turned out to be Nadal’s best marketing campaign as he swept the subsequent three majors. He defeated Djokovic within the U.S. Open closing to finish a profession Grand Slam.
Tally: Federer 16; Nadal 9; Djokovic 1
2011: Djokovic started his ascent to the highest by successful 10 tournaments in 2011, together with three majors on the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
In the meantime, Nadal reclaimed his French Open crown for his 10th main title general.
For the primary time since 2002, Federer went away empty handed from all 4 slams.
Tally: Federer 16; Nadal 10; Djokovic 4
2012: Djokovic overcame Nadal within the longest Grand Slam closing in Open Period to win his third Australian Open title.
Nadal continued his dominant run at Roland Garros so as to add one other main title to his tally, whereas Federer received a record-extending 17th main at Wimbledon.
Tally: Federer 17; Nadal 11; Djokovic 5
2013: Djokovic received his third straight Australian Open by defeating Andy Murray within the closing. Whereas Federer struggled with a again harm, Nadal completed the yr as primary after defending his French Open crown and including one other U.S. Open title to his tally.
Tally: Federer 17, Nadal 13, Djokovic 6
2014: Nadal defeated Djokovic to win his ninth French Open title, equalling Sampras’ whole of 14 slams. At Wimbledon, Djokovic defeated Federer within the closing.
Tally: Federer 17, Nadal 14, Djokovic 7
2015: Djokovic received three majors – Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. The Serb additionally grew to become solely the second man to defeat Nadal on the French Open when he beat the Spaniard within the quarter-finals. Djokovic reached all 4 main finals in the course of the season however was overwhelmed by Stan Wawrinka within the Roland Garros showpiece.
Tally: Federer 17, Nadal 14, Djokovic 10
2016: Djokovic efficiently defended his Australian Open crown earlier than successful his maiden French Open title, making him the holder of all 4 majors — a feat the media dubbed the “Nole Slam”.
Federer and Nadal had been each suffering from accidents in the course of the season. Since making his Grand Slam debut in 1999, Federer was a no present at a serious for the primary time when he missed the French and U.S. Opens because of harm.
Tally: Federer 17, Nadal 14, Djokovic 12
2017: Federer received his 18th slam — and his first since Wimbledon 2012 — with an exciting five-set victory over Rafa Nadal within the Australian Open closing.
Nadal cemented his place as the best claycourter in historical past when he secured a document 10th title in Roland Garros.
Data continued to tumble as Federer grew to become the primary man to win Wimbledon eight occasions with victory over Marin Cilic within the closing, earlier than Nadal clinched his second U.S. Open title.
Djokovic, who retired halfway via his Wimbledon quarter-final in opposition to Tomas Berdych, missed the latter half of the season with an elbow harm.
Tally: Federer 19, Nadal 16, Djokovic 12
2018: Federer received his sixth Australian Open to grow to be solely the fourth participant after Margaret Court docket, Serena Williams and Steffi Graf to win 20 or extra main singles titles. Nadal prolonged his successful run at Roland Garros, earlier than Djokovic earned his first main in additional than two years at Wimbledon.
A 3rd triumph in New York ensured Djokovic had equalled Sampras’ tally of 14 majors and was now solely behind Federer and Nadal within the all-time listing.
Tally: Federer 20, Nadal 17, Djokovic 14
2019: Djokovic received a 3rd successive main and a document seventh Australian Open with a dominant straight units win over Nadal. Djokovic additionally received a fifth Wimbledon title after saving two match factors in a five-set win over Federer within the closing that lasted 4 hours and 57 minutes — the longest in Wimbledon historical past.
Nadal maintained his stranglehold on the French Open, earlier than holding off Daniil Medvedev within the U.S. Open closing to maneuver inside one in every of Federer’s Grand Slam haul.
Tally: Federer 20, Nadal 19, Djokovic 16
2020: Djokovic was again to his greatest on the Australian Open as he lifted his eighth title at Melbourne Park.
Whereas the Wimbledon was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Nadal inflicted one of the vital humiliating defeats on Djokovic, thrashing him 6-Zero 6-2 7-5 to raise a males’s record-equalling 20th main title.
Federer (knee harm) and Nadal (as a result of pandemic) opted to skip the U.S. Open. Nevertheless, Djokovic missed a chance to shut the hole on his rivals after he was disqualified from his fourth-round match at Flushing Meadows for unintentionally hitting a ball at a line choose.
Tally: Federer 20, Nadal 20, Djokovic 17
Djokovic triumphs at Wimbledon to assert 20th Grand Slam title
2021: Djokovic continued his dominance on the Australian Open to win a record-extending ninth title. After overcoming Nadal within the French Open semi-final, Djokovic fought again from two units right down to defeat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and win his 19th main in Paris.
Victory over Italian Matteo Berrettini within the Wimbledon closing on Sunday ensured he moved degree on 20 titles with Nadal and Federer.
Tally: Federer 20, Nadal 20, Djokovic 20