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Tennis: Novak Djokovic becomes all-time highest earner of the sport

Written by Fiifi Anaman

Sunday's $3.8m cheque received for winning the US Open has elevated Novak Djokovic to top spot as far as all-time on-court career earnings in tennis is concerned.

The Serb has now earned $119.1m, overtaking Swiss great Roger Federer, who has earned $117.51, despite the latter having won more Grand Slams (20) than the former (14).

Thirteen of Djokovic's 14 Grand Slam titles have come after 2010 - a period that has seen a surge in on-court earnings for various competitions - while Federer has won only five of his 20 titles during this period. "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," said Simon Higson.

Djokovic, though, still significantly trails Federer in terms of off-court earnings: he earns $22m a year from endorsement deals, compared to the Swiss' massive $65m a year.