WITH his win at the 2018 US Open, Novak Djokovic passed Roger Federer for highest career earnings in tennis history.
The $US3.8 million ($A5,340,140) prize money for winning the Open means the Serbian legend’s total earnings over his incredible career have jumped to $119,110,000 ($A167,385,283).
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Though Federer has Djokovic beat in the Grand Slam department, he now sits second in the overall career earnings list, with $US117,510,000 ($A165,137,978).
Djokovic has won 14 Grand Slams to Federer’s 20, but the new US Open champion has been helped by the fact that the majority of his championship wins have come after 2010, winning 13 of his 14 since that year.
“The players have played a key role in driving that growth,” ATP spokesman Simon Higson said, according to the BBC).
“The sport has seen significant increases in prize money levels over the past 10 years which have seen the players share in the overall commercial growth in the sport.”
Federer, on the other hand, won 15 of his 20 Grand Slams before 2010; not being able to reap the same benefits of a player six years his younger.
Still, the Swiss legend — widely regarded as the greatest men’s tennis player of all time — easily out-earns Djokovic in endorsements, taking in a cool, approximate $A784,652,165.
Conversely, Djokovic has only taken in approximately $A99,566,394 in endorsement money.
The numbers how that it does pay off to be born later, but it pays off even more to be more successful on the court.
MEN’S TENNIS RICH LIST (ALL-TIME CAREER EARNINGS — AUD)
Novak Djokovic: $167.4 million.
Roger Federer: $165.1 million.
Rafael Nadal: $143.8 million.
Andy Murray: $85.6 million.
Pete Sampras: $60.8 million.
Stan Wawrinka: $44.1 million.
Andre Agassi: $43.8 million.