Novak Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori in the championship round of the 2016 Miami Open to become the highest paid player in the history of tennis passing rival Roger Federer in the all-time career money list.
Djokovic won his sixth overall title in the ATP tournament in Miami winning against Nishikori in straight sets, 6-3 6-3. The 28-year-old Serbian won his fourth ATP title this season after winning the Qatar Open, Australian Open and ATP World Tour Masters Indian Wells earlier this year.
Djokovic has now earned $98.19 million total in his career passing Federer’s $97.85 million after adding another $1million from the Miami Open win on Sunday. Djokovic has missed some time this year due to injuries but has already won about $4.6 million for the 2016 season to get nearer to the $100M mark, the first tennis player to do so in the sport’s history.
Other top current and former players in the all-time list are Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras, Andy Murray, Andre Agassi, David Ferrer, Boris Becker, Yevgeny Kafelnikov to complete Top 10 tennis’ top earners in the history of the sport.
Djokovic has 11 Grand Slam titles in his career but is pegged to beat Federer’s 17 tennis majors championships, the world record for most slams in a men’s singles career.
Djokovic is also pegged to increase his lead over the 34-year-old Federer in tennis’ all-time money list as the Serbian is just 28 years old and is still in his prime.
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