Novak Djokovic became the first player to win a Grand Slam singles title in three different decades when he beat Dominic Thiem in a five-set final to lift a record-extending 8th Australian Open title earlier this year.
The 32-year-old Serb, who is also the only player to lift 4 consecutive titles at the season-ending ATP Finals, has the most Grand Slam match wins (287) in the Open Era behind all-time leader Roger Federer (362).
One of 5 players in the Open Era to have won all 4 Grand Slam titles (the others being Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal), Djokovic also possesses a stellar Masters 1000 resume. At the 2019 Paris-Bercy Masters, Djokovic emulated his Big-3 peers Federer and Nadal by becoming only the third player to play 50 Masters 1000 finals.
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On that note, let us have a look at the 17-time Grand Slam champion's 5 standalone Masters 1000 records.
#1 Only player to win the Career Golden Masters
The 'Career Golden Masters' is a term used to describe the feat of winning all 9 Masters 1000 tournaments during the course of one's career.
Djokovic, who had previously fallen in 5 Cincinnati finals, came good at the sixth time of asking when he beat 7-time champion Federer in the 2018 final. That made him the first player to win all 9 Masters 1000 tournaments.
Although his Big 3 peers Federer and Nadal have also reached the final at all 9 Masters 1000 tournaments, Federer is winless in 4 finals at Monte Carlo and Rome apiece, while Nadal is 0/5 in Miami finals, 0/2 in Shanghai finals and 0/1 in Paris-Bercy finals.
#2 Only player to win the first 3 Masters 1000 titles in a season
Having completed the Indian Wells - Miami 'Sunshine double' for the third time in his career (also 2011 and 2014) in 2015, Djokovic lifted his second title at the Monte Carlo Masters that year.
That made the then 27-year-old Serb the first player in Masters 1000 history to win the first 3 Masters 1000 titles of a season.
Earlier in the season, Djokovic beat Federer to win his 4th title at Indian Wells. He then overwhelmed Andy Murray at the Miami Masters a fortnight later.
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#3 First player to win 6 Masters 1000 titles in a season
Having won titles at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Shanghai to emulate Rafael Nadal (2013) as the only players to lift 5 Masters 1000 titles in a season, Djokovic went one better at the last Masters 1000 tournament of the season.
The World No. 1 beat Andy Murray in the Paris-Bercy final to win his third consecutive title at the tournament and fourth overall. In the process, he became the first player to lift 6 Masters 1000 titles in a season.
Earlier in the season, Djokovic lost to to the Scot in the Coupe Rogers final and to Federer in the Cincinnati title match.
#4 Only player to win 4 titles at 6 different Masters 1000 tournaments
With a win over young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2019 Madrid Masters final, Djokovic became the first player to win at least 4 titles at 6 different Masters 1000 tournaments.
The Serb has won 5 titles at Indian Wells, 6 titles at Miami, 4 titles at Rome, 4 titles at the Coupe Rogers and 4 titles at Shanghai. Djokovic is the joint or outright title leader at 3 of these tournaments (Indian Wells, Miami, Shanghai).
#5 Only player to win 12 consecutive Masters 1000 finals
Since a loss to Federer in the final of the 2012 Cincinnati Masters (which marked Djokovic's 10th defeat in 22 finals in the tournament category), the Serb embarked on a record streak of 12 consecutive Masters 1000 final wins.
Djokovic first saved 5 championship points to down Murray in the 2012 Shanghai Masters final. He then reeled off 11 consecutive wins in finals in the tournament category before the streak was ended by Murray with a three-set win in the 2015 Coupe Rogers final.
To put Djokovic's streak in perspective, both Federer and Nadal have won 10 consecutive Masters 1000 finals. Federer won 10 consecutive Masters 1000 finals between 2004 Indian Wells to 2006 Hamburg, while Nadal did so between 2005 Monte Carlo and 2007 Rome.