Novak Djokovic’s triumph at the Australian Open was not only his eight title in Melbourne and his 17th Grand Slam title overall, it was also the 13th consecutive Grand Slam title won by either of the “Big Three”, i.e. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
It’s the second-longest streak of major titles those three have shared in their record-laden careers, with the longest coming between 2005 and 2009, when the tennis triumvirate won 18 Grand Slam titles in a row. Back then, Djokovic had yet to join the Swiss and Spanish tennis gods at Mount Olympus though, winning only one of the 18 titles, with Federer winning 11 and Nadal adding six to the tally.
As the following chart illustrates, the dominance of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer over men’s tennis has been breathtaking. Since 2005, the three players, currently ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the world, respectively, have won 52 out of 61 Grand Slam tournaments, letting just five other players get a taste of glory during their collective 15-year reign.