Novak Djokovic's 12 Grand Slam titles in photos: Our guide to Djokovic's moments of glory

Kachi Wachuku in Features 13 Dec 2017
  • Novak Djokovic has won twelve Grand Slam titles in his career thus far
  • Photos from Djokovic's triumphs at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open
  • The first Serbian player to win a Grand Slam, Djokovic has gone on to be ranked world no. 1
Novak Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slam titles in his career. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The first man from his country ever to win a Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic broke through into the ranks of major champions in 2008 and hasn't looked back since. Here is a guide to the twelve Grand Slam titles (and counting) of Novak Djokovic!

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2015 U.S. Open - Day 14

Djokovic celebrates with his box after winning his tenth Grand Slam title at the 2015 US Open (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • Novak Djokovic has 12 Grand Slam titles
  • That's more Grand Slams than Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg (6), John McEnroe and Mats Wilander (7) and Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi (8) and Bjorn Borg (11)
  • Djokovic has won the Australian Open six times, Roland Garros once, Wimbledon three times and the US Open twice
  • Djokovic is currently tied with Roy Emerson for fourth place on the all-time Grand Slam winners' list, behind Roger Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (16) and Pete Sampras (14)
  • He stands alone in fourth place on the Open Era list of most Grand Slam titles behind Federer, Nadal and Sampras
  • Djokovic was the first man from Serbia to win a Grand Slam title
  • Djokovic was the youngest man in the Open Era to reach semifinals or better at all four Grand Slams when he won the Australian Open in 2008
  • Djokovic has reached 21 Grand Slam finals overall (more than Pete Sampras) and is undefeated in Australian Open finals
  • Djokovic holds the Open Era record for most Australian Open titles with six
Australian Open 2008 - Day 14

Djokovic celebrates winning championship point at the 2008 Australian Open  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


When Djokovic won his first Grand Slam title at the 2008 Australian Open, he busted into a fairly exclusive club: 14 of the last 16 Grand Slams had been won by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal between them, with Marat Safin the last non-Federer/Nadal man to triumph when he won the 2005 Australian Open.

Djokovic had lost his first Grand Slam final to Federer at the 2007 US Open, but the 20-year-old Serb avenged that defeat when he beat Federer in straight sets in the semifinals and stunned Melbourne Park before facing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who had made an incredible unseeded run to the final. Djokovic won in four sets and instantly became a national hero in Serbia, as well as serving notice that the days of Federer and Nadal ruling men's tennis between them were over. 
2011 Australian Open - Day 14

Djokovic with the 2011 Australian Open trophy  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)


It took a long time for Djokovic to replicate his first Grand Slam success. For the 11 Grand Slams that followed the 2008 Australian Open, Djokovic only reached one final (at the 2010 US Open, where he lost to Rafael Nadal). 

But when the floodgates opened, as they did at the 2011 Australian Open, they opened big-time. Djokovic dropped just one set at the 2011 Australian Open - to Ivan Dodig in the second round - as he breezed through Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer and Andy Murray to claim his second Grand Slam title. It was the beginning of an incredible 43-match winning streak - the third longest in Open Era tennis - that would last until the French Open, as well as the opening salvo of one of the most remarkable seasons men's tennis had ever seen. 
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Djokovic eats a piece of grass after winning the 2011 Wimbledon title (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)


Roger Federer snapped Djokovic's win streak in the semifinals of the French Open, but the Serbian star bounced right back to triumph at the most prestigious of the four Grand Slams - Wimbledon.

Stretched to four sets by Marcos Baghdatis, Bernard Tomic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on his way to the final, Djokovic faced peer and rival Rafael Nadal, who was also the defending champion. Despite a lapse of concentration in the third set, which Nadal won 6-1, Djokovic won in four sets and also invented an original way to celebrate - eating a handful of Centre Court grass. 
2011 US Open - Day 15

Djokovic with the 2011 US Open trophy  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Djokovic became the sixth man in the Open Era to win three Grand Slams in the same year when he claimed his maiden US Open title in 2011. 

Djokovic's triumph in the US Open final saw him go 66-2 in 2011 as he defeated Rafael Nadal in four sets in a match that lasted four hours and ten minutes, before Djokovic closed out the win with a forehand winner - his 51st winner of the match. The 2011 US Open campaign will also be remembered for the semifinals, in which Djokovic saved match points - for the second year in a row - against Roger Federer, this time with a forehand return winner of sheer brilliance. 
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Djokovic celebrates beating Nadal in the final of the 2012 Australian Open (RYAN PIERSE/AFP/Getty Images)


Perhaps the ultimate test of Djokovic's physical and mental fitness would come at the 2012 Australian Open as the Serb won his fifth Grand Slam. 

After coasting through the early rounds - he lost just ten games through the first three rounds - Djokovic dropped a set to Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth before beating David Ferrer in straight sets in the quarterfinals. Facing Andy Murray in the semifinals, it took four hours and 50 minutes for Djokovic to prevail 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5 and it was widely predicted Djokovic would be exhausted for the final against Nadal. 

It turned out to be the longest men's singles final in Grand Slam history, surpassing the mark previously set by the 1988 US Open final between Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander, before Djokovic won 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5 in five hours and 53 minutes. 
2013 Australian Open - Day 14

Djokovic with the Australian Open trophy in 2013  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Despite reaching finals at the French Open and US Open, Djokovic did not win another Grand Slam in 2012 but the Serb's special relationship with the 'Happy Slam' continued in 2013 as he became the first man in the Open Era to win three consecutive Australian Opens.

In a foreshadowing of future events, Djokovic had a mammoth battle with Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round - eventually prevailing 12-10 in the fifth set - and faced Andy Murray, to whom he had lost the US Open final in 2012, in the final. Murray took the first set on a tie-break after 68 minutes but Djokovic increasingly dominated after that, winning in four to claim his fourth Australian Open title. 
Day Thirteen: The Championships - Wimbledon 2014

Djokovic gazes at the Wimbledon trophy after the 2014 final  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Djokovic was defeated in the 2013 Wimbledon final by Andy Murray and at the US Open by Rafael Nadal before seeing his Australian Open reign ended by Stan Wawrinka, who beat him in the quarterfinals in 2014, and falling short again in his bid to complete the career Grand Slam at the French Open when he lost to Nadal in the final.

But at Wimbledon in 2014, Djokovic reigned supreme. Despite being pushed to five sets by Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals and to four by Radek Stepanek and maiden semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, Djokovic never really looked like losing and it was the same story as he faced Roger Federer in the final. Despite a comeback by Federer, who broke Djokovic as he served for the match in the fourth set, Djokovic stayed strong in the fifth to save break points and eventually won 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 to claim his second Wimbledon title. Djokovic and longtime partner Jelena Ristic would marry shortly afterwards and their son, Stefan, was born towards the end of the season.

Djokovic drinks a glass of champagne after winning the 2015 Australian Open (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)


Djokovic became the first man in the Open Era to win five Australian Open titles when he returned to Melbourne in 2015.

Avenging his defeat to Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals in 2014, Djokovic ousted the defending champion in five sets in the semifinals before facing Andy Murray in the final for the third time. Once more, Djokovic was victorious, relegating Murray to a fourth runner-up finish at the Australian Open when he defeated him 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0. It was the beginning of the most remarkable season of Djokovic's career - surpassing even the mark he set in 2011. 
Day Thirteen: The Championships - Wimbledon 2015

Serena Williams and Djokovic dance at the 2015 Wimbledon champions' dinner (Photo by Thomas Lovelock - AELTC Pool/Getty Images)


Despite once more falling short in his attempt to win the French Open, losing to Stan Wawrinka in the final after defeating nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, Djokovic ruled Wimbledon once more in 2015. 

Already 47-3 for the season and with five titles to his name, Djokovic's only close call at Wimbledon in 2015 came against Kevin Anderson in the round of 16, when he trailed by two sets to the big-serving South African before coming back to win in five. He went on to defeat Marin Cilic and Richard Gasquet in straight sets before beating Roger Federer in the final for the second year in a row to claim his third Wimbledon title.  

Djokovic with the 2015 US Open trophy in Central Park (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)


For the second time in his career, Djokovic won three Grand Slams in 2015 as he completed a near clean-sweep of the major titles at the US Open. 

Despite dropping sets to Roberto Bautista Agut and Feliciano Lopez, Djokovic arrived to the final in New York to face Roger Federer for the 42nd time. Djokovic levelled their head-to-head to 21-21 overall with a four-set victory, saving four of 23 break points to claim his second US Open title.
2016 Australian Open - Day 14

Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after his 11th major title victory. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


Throughout 2015, the Serbian superstar asserted his dominance. And in the first Grand Slam of the 2016 season - the Australian Open - he proved that he is currently peerless on the big stages.

The top seed and defending champion in Melbourne, Novak Djokovic dropped just one set during wins over world no. 3 Roger Federer and world no. 2 Andy Murray in the semifinals and final, respectively. His 6-1 7-5 7-6 win over Murray was particularly impressive, and rewarded him with his 11th Grand Slam title - drawing him even with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver on the all-time list.
2016 French Open - Day Fifteen

Djokovic collapses after beating Murray to win his first-ever Roland Garros title. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

2016 French Open - Day Fifteen

2016 Roland Garros Champion Novak Djokovic with the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Djokovic finally lifted the elusive Roland Garros title in his fourth final at the French capital - coming from a set down to defeat Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4. His remarkable victory meant he became the 8th player in history to achieve the Career Grand Slam, and first male player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles at the same time.

His win also broke a prize money record, making Djokovic the first tennis player to amass $100 million in prize money alone. The Serbian currently holds the highest match winning rate (82.8%) of the Open Era.

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