It may not feel like it, but it has been nearly nine years since Novak Djokovic has lost a match on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Nine years!
It was Andy Murray who beat him that day, in the final of the 2013 tournament. Since then Djokovic has failed to win just two matches at Wimbledon: A shock defeat to Sam Querrey on Court One in 2016, and a match in which he retired hurt in the second set against Thomas Berdych in 2017.
The truth is, we probably don’t talk enough about just how good Djokovic’s record is at Wimbledon. In general, it seems to be considered Roger Federer’s slam, but Djokovic is now just two titles away from equalling that record.
He will be top seed again in SW19 despite seeing his ranking drop to number three recently, so we thought it would be fun to celebrate the Serbian’s record at Wimbledon. ‘Nine years’ is just a number, though. So let’s expand its scope by giving that number some context.
A closer look at the numbers
At the time of writing, it is 3,286 days since Novak Djokovic was beaten on Wimbledon’s Centre Court.
To put it another way, that’s 8 years, 11 months, and 30 days.
Or 107 months, 30 days, if you prefer. Or…
- 283,910,400 seconds
- 4,731,840 minutes
- 78,864 hours
- 469 weeks and 3 days
How did tennis look back then?
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic aside, the ATP top ten was a very different place back then, which is testament to the longevity of both in fairness.
Three of the top ten from back then are retired now, although only five of the other seven remain active.
1 – Novak Djokovic
2 – Andy Murray
3 – Roger Federer
4 – David Ferrer
5 – Rafael Nadal
6 – Tomas Berdych
7 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
8 – Juan Martin del Potro
9 – Richard Gasquet
10 – Stan Wawrinka
The WTA rankings make it feel even longer ago in truth, although there are a few names that stubbornly remain.
1 – Serena Williams
2 – Victoria Azarenka
3 – Maria Sharapova
4 – Agnieszka Radwanska
5 – Sara Errani
6 – Li Na
7 – Angelique Kerber
8 – Petra Kvitova
9 – Caroline Wozniacki
10 – Maria Kirilenko
Biggest movies and TV of 2013
When Novak Djokovic last lost a match on Centre Court, Disney’s smash hit Frozen had not even been released. It was still five months away. It has since spawned a sequel and a huge Broadway musical that has had sufficient time to migrate into London’s West End too.
Superman flew back onto our screens in Man of Steel too – a movie that has had two blockbuster sequels in Superman vs Batman and Justice League.
Supes wasn’t the only superhero to reign supreme either. Iron Man 3 was the highest grossing movie of the year and Marvel had further hits with The Wolverine and Thor 2. The rebooted Star Trek got a sequel too with Into Darkness, as did Hunger Games with Catching Fire.
For fans of comedy, the biggest hits of the year were Anchorman 2 and The Hangover 3.
The Office (US) was still on our screens, as was 30 Rock, and the brilliant Breaking Bad gave us the TV event of the year with it’s finale.
It may feel like forever since Game of Thrones ended, but back when Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were battling it out in 2013 at Wimbledon, it was just really getting started.
World events in 2013
In 2013 the world said farewell to two of the most iconic political leaders it has ever known. Nelson Mandella was still with us when Novak Djokovic last lost at a Wimbledon match on Centre Court, but he sadly passed away later that year. Earlier in year, in April, controversial former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died too. Popular actors James Gandolfini and Paul Walker were among the other prominent celebrities to sadly leave us that year too.
It was a year of tragedy with the Boston Marathon bombing and Oscar Pistorius’ fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
One particularly piece of sobering context for just how long it has been since Djokovic was defeated by someone on Centre Court is that the last time he was, same sex couples did not have the right to marry in the UK.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, were still expecting their first baby too. This is that baby now…
Sport in 2013
Manchester United fans will probably tell you that it feels like a lifetime since Sir Alex Ferguson was leading them to trophy after trophy, but in the summer of 2013 he had only just retired weeks earlier.
It was also time to say goodbye to Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, who batted his final innings that year. There was an actual electrical failure at Super Bowl XLVII that year too, striking just minutes into the second period and causing a long delay.
If you really want some context of just how long ago it was, when Djokovic took to the court in 2013, the world was still coming to terms with Lance Armstrong admitting he was a drugs cheat.
Technology releases in 2013
Does anyone remember owning the old iPhone 5s? It was the model that first had the thumbprint reader on the home button – two things that are considered too outdated to be on iPhones these days.
Well, anyway, they hadn’t even been released yet when Djokovic last lost a match on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Google Glasses had been, only just.
There was also gaming war going on too that year, with both the original Xbox One being released to challenge the PlayStation 4.
I suppose, all in all, we can say it has been an awful long time since Novak Djokovic was beaten on Centre Court!
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