WORLD No1 Novak Djokovic is rapidly closing in on Roger Federer’s status as the highest paid tennis player in history after beating the Swiss in the US Open men’s singles final in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Djokovic overcame Federer for a second successive major final, winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, taking his collection of Grand Slam titles into double figures and securing $3.3m (£2.1m) in prize money – the largest winner’s paycheck in the sport.
In doing so, Djokovic has broken his own record for the most amount of prize money won in a single year with his total haul for 2015 standing at $13.9m.
The Serb has enjoyed a typically successful year, winning three Grand Slam titles –Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open — in a single season for the second time in his career.
Djokovic’s career earnings now stand at $86.4m – less than $7m behind Federer who is the bestpaid player in tennis history with $93.1m received in prize money.