Djokovic sets ATP money mark with more than $10.5M
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) -- Novak Djokovic's 64-2 record in 2011 has earned him a record amount of prize money.
Djokovic's U.S. Open championship -- his third Grand Slam title of the year -- pushed his earnings past $10.6 million, more than anyone ever took home during a full season of men's tennis, according to the ATP World Tour.
The only other men to come close were Rafael Nadal in 2010 and Roger Federer in 2007; they completed those years with a little less than $10.2 million.
By beating Nadal in the U.S. Open final Monday night, Djokovic got a check for $2.3 million: $1.8 million for winning the tournament, plus a $500,000 bonus for topping the U.S. Open Series Standings, which takes into account results at hard-court tuneup tournaments.