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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic eyeing more records in Melbourne

The 2024 Australian Open begins on January 14th, the first time the Grand Slam has started on a Sunday, and defending champion Novak Djokovic is targeting more history Down Under.

As Rafael Nadal is the French Open master, Djokovic is the King of the Australian Open and he is aiming for a record-extending 11th men's title at Melbourne Park this month.

Should the Serbian be successful Down Under, he would not only equal Margaret Court's tally of 11 Australian triumphs, but he would also be out on his own in terms of Grand Slam singles titles with 25, with the pair currently level on 24.

These are just a couple of the many records Djokovic could end up matching or breaking over the next couple of weeks and we have taken a look at the others in the pipeline.

Potential Australian Open records

If Djokovic manages to reach the fourth round he would bypass Australian Roy Emerson's men's record mark of 30 consecutive match wins at the Melbourne slam, with the Serbian currently on 28.

A run to the final would see the 36-year-old set the Open Era record for consecutive games won at the Australian Open, surpassing the 33-match streak Monica Seles set between 1991 and 1999.

In terms of appearances in this event, only Roger Federer (102) has played more matches than Djokovic (97), while the Swiss has also won 102 matches in Melbourne to leave him six ahead of his former rival.

Should Djokovic lift the title, it would be his 72nd on hard courts and would put him out on his own in this department, breaking his tie with Federer on 71.

Potential Grand Slam records

Another successful run Down Under would see Djokovic become the all-time Grand Slam record singles title holder with 25 and it is hard to oppose him given the fact his win-loss record in slam finals is 24-12.

While Djokovic already holds the record for appearing in 47 major semi-finals, a run to the quarters would see him move level with Federer on 58 last-eight appearances.

An 11th Australian Open title would also move the Serbian onto 368 Grand Slam match wins (barring any walkovers), leaving him just one behind Federer's record of 369.

By competing in Melbourne, Djokovic will also be participating in his 73rd major, leaving just Federer and Feliciano Lopez ((both 81) ahead of him in appearances in the big four events.

Other career benchmarks in sight

Victory Down Under would also move Djokovic onto 99 career singles titles, meaning only Jimmy Connors (109) and Federer (103) are ahead of him in this category.

Start of the Golden Slam

Djokovic has already stated it is his goal to complete the Grand Slam this season, which is winning all four majors in the same year, and he has come close to achieving this previously by lifting three of the four titles on four occasions - in 2011, 2015, 2021 and 2023.

The Serbian is 16/1 to win all four of the big four events in 2024, with Carlos Alcaraz next in the betting at 20/1 and Jannik Sinner then priced at 200/1.

Should Djokovic achieve this, he would become the first male player to do so since Rod Laver in 1969.

There is also the possibility of Djokovic doing the Golden Slam, which is winning all four slams as well as taking gold at the Olympics.

The Olympics take place in Paris this year and the Serbian ace's best result at the Games is the bronze he collected back in 2008.

Nadal and Andre Agassi are the only male players to have achieved the Golden Slam in their careers, while Steffi Graf and Serena Williams have done it on the women's side.

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