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Novak Djokovic beat Jan-Lennard Struff in his opening match at this year’s Australian Open. The 32-year-old Serb became only the sixth man in the Open era to win 900 or more matches. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had already passed that milestone, with Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Guillermo Vilas the only other male members of the 900 club.
“Milestones are definitely a motivation,” Djokovic said after his 900th victory. “They make me proud, of course, of what I have achieved in my career. They give even more significance to why I’m still competing in professional tennis.”
Connors holds the record for the most matches won in his career (1,274) but could find himself overtaken this year by Federer, who took his tally to 1,242 wins with his quarter-final victory over Tennys Sandgren in Melbourne.