By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday, July 15, 2023
And then there were two. Novak Djokovic continues his march to history against top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz in Sunday’s final. What’s at stake?
Join us for a by the numbers look at Sunday’s matchup, which highlights key stats and storylines ahead of the third men’s singles Grand Slam final of 2023.
Notes, Quotes, Tactics and More: A Comprehensive Preview of Djokovic v Alcaraz, Wimbledon Final
24 – It’s the biggest number of them all. Since 1973, Margaret Court has stood alone atop the all-time singles Grand Slam titles list with 24. On Sunday Novak Djokovic can tie the record by winning his 24th major singles title.
8 – Djokovic can also tie Roger Federer as the all-time men’s singles title leader at Wimbledon by winning his eighth.
1 – Once again the ATP’s No.1 ranking is up for grabs. The winner of Sunday’s final will be the No.1 player on Monday.
1986 – Alcaraz will bid to become Wimbledon’s youngest men’s singles champion in 37 years, since Boris Becker claimed his second title as an 18-year-old, in 1986.
15, 348 – The age gap of 15 years and 348 days between 36-year-old Djokovic and 20-year-old Alcaraz is the largest age gap between Grand Slam finalists since the 1974 US Open, and the third-largest age gap between competing men’s singles Grand Slam finalists in Open Era history..
36 – Djokovic is bidding to become the oldest men’s singles Wimbledon champion. He would pass Roger Federer, who last won the title at 35 years and 242 days in 2017.
1-1 – Alcaraz and Djokovic have split their previous two meetings, with Alcaraz prevailing at Madrid on clay last year and Djokovic returning the favor in this year’s Roland-Garros semifinals.
45 – The length of Djokovic’s Centre Court winning streak, which dates back to the 2013 Wimbledon final loss against Murray. The 23-time major champion is also riding a 34-match winning streak at Wimbledon, that dates back to his last loss in 2017.
5 – Djokovic is bidding to become the third man in history to win five consecutive Wimbledon men’s singles titles, along with Bjorn Borg (1976-1980) and Roger Federer (2003-2007).
2014 – The last time Novak Djokovic lost to a No.1-ranked player at a Grand Slam. He is 4-5 overall against World No.1s at the majors.
4 – Djokovic will try to become the first player in Open Era history to win four major titles beyond the age of 35. Ken Rosewall and Roger Federer have each won three major titles after turning 35.