While Roger Federer was being crushed on-court by the sensational Juan Martin del Potro forehand after forehand during the US Open quarter finals, he was also being beaten out of it by Novak Djokovic in terms of finances.
Novak Djokovic beat Federer to become the highest-paid tennis player of all time.
12-time Grand Slam champion, Novak Djokovic might have fewer titles than Federer, but his dominance over the past half-decade or so, just as his prize money, has seen him top the list of all-time earners.
The Serb has claimed $109.8m in on-court earnings, compared to Federer in second with $107.8. Rafael Nadal comes in third with $86.2m according to figures revealed by Business Insider.
In fourth place is unarguably the greatest female tennis of all time, Serena Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slam titles with $84.4m. Her sister, Venus, is the second-highest earning women’s player with $37.9m, while Maria Sharapova is third on $36.5m.
Britain’s Andy Murray comes in at fifth on the overall list having earned $60.8 through his three Grand Slams and 45 other titles.
Well, whoever wins the US Open this weekend, will have a fine chance of moving up the list. The tournament is set to hand out the highest total prize money in tennis history – with the winners in the singles event picking up $3.7m each from the $50.4m prize pot.
Below is the list of the 20 top earning tennis players of all time.
1. Novak Djokovic – $109.8m
2. Roger Federer – $107.7m
3. Rafael Nadal – $86.2m
4. Serena Williams – $84.4m
5. Andy Murray – $60.8m
6. Pete Sampras – $43.2m
7. Venus Williams – $37.9m
8. Maria Sharapova – $36.5m
9. Andre Agassi – $31.1m
10. David Ferrer – $30.6m
11. Stan Wawrinka – $30.6m
12. Victoria Azarenka – $28.4m
13. Tomas Berdych – $28m
14. Agnieszka Radwańska – $26.6m
15. Boris Becker – $25m
16. Kim Clijsters – $24.4m
17. Caroline Wozniacki – $24.2m
18. Martina Hingis – $23.9m
19. Yevgeny Kafelnikov – $23.8m
20. Svetlana Kuznetsova – $23.8m