Djokovic Sets ATP Tour Prize-Money Record With Victory in U.S. Open Final
Novak Djokovic lifted his 2011 prize money to an ATP World Tour-record $10.6 million with his victory two days ago in the U.S. Open tennis final.
The 24-year-old Serb, who’s ranked No. 1 in the world, collected $1.8 million for beating 2010 champion Rafael Nadal in the final and also secured a $500,000 bonus for finishing atop the U.S. Open Series standings.
Djokovic also won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year and was a semifinalist at the French Open, taking his 2011 earnings from the four Grand Slam events to $6.2 million. Djokovic improved his match record this season to 64-2 with the win over Nadal, which made him the sixth man to take three of the four major titles in a calendar year.
“The amount of matches that I lost this year is just incredible,” Djokovic told reporters at the National Tennis Center in New York after the final. “It’s definitely going to take a lot of effort to try to repeat even half of what I have done this year for next year.”
Djokovic’s earnings in 2011 eclipse the previous record of $10.2 million Nadal set last year. The Spaniard needed 17 tournaments to reach that amount, compared with 12 for Djokovic. The only other player to earn $10 million in prize money in a season was record 16-time major champion Roger Federer, who made $10.1 million from 16 tournaments in 2007.
Djokovic has won 10 tournaments in 2011, including a record five ATP World Tour Masters titles.
The U.S. Open victory took his career earnings to $38.9 million.
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