Novak Djokovic surpassed Rafael Nadal to create the record for biggest undefeated head-to-head run against a single rival in the Open Era, by marking his 19th straight victory against Gael Monfils on August 18 at the Cincinnati Masters. The Serbian tennis star beat the previous record of Nadal against Richard Gasquet, which stood at 18-0.
Djokovic took one hour and eight minutes to outdo Monfils 6-3, 6-2 in the third round. Roger Federer claims the third position on the list, boasting an impressive 17-0 record against former player David Ferrer. Federer also maintains the same record against Mikhael Youzhny.
In a dramatic comeback, Djokovic on August 20 won the Cincinnati Open beating Carlos Alcaraz, exacting his Wimbledon final revenge with a 5-7, 7-6(7), 7-6(4) win in the final. The Serb beat lifted his third Cincinnati Masters title and a record-extending 39th Masters 1000 trophy. It was the pair’s third meeting this season in the last two months with Djokovic winning twice. After the Serb won their French Open semi-final clash in June, 20-year-old Alcaraz avenged the loss at the SW19 with an enthralling five-setter win. Overall, the head-to-head tie stands 2-2.