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Novak Djokovic becomes first player to earn more than $100 million prize money

Narada Desk | June 2, 2016 12:21 pm Print
Djokovic, who had US$99,673,404 at the start of the tournament, achieved the landmark figure after moving into a 28th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final to reach the $100 million barrier
PARIS, June 1, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return during the men's singles fourth round match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain at 2016 French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros, in Paris, France on May 31, 2016. The match was interrupted due to the rain for the second time on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Han Yan/IANS)

Serbian No 1 Novak Djokovic has added yet another significant milestone in his awesome tennis career , he  became the first player to earn more than US$100 million in prize money after progressing through to the quarter-finals of the French Open in Paris.

The Serbian took three days to defeat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 in their fourth round rain-interrupted contest.

Djokovic, who had US$99,673,404 at the start of the tournament, achieved the landmark figure after moving into a 28th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final.

He will next face Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych for a place in the semi-finals.

Last year, Djokovic’s hopes of completing a career Grand Slam were crushed after he lost to Stan Wawrinka in the pulsating finale of the French Open.

Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer stands second on the all-time list with US$98,011,727 career prize money.

IANS

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