By Josh Powell | Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic has wasted no time in sailing through to the quarter-finals at SW19. While Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have suffered shock defeats, Novak has shot into the last eight before the posh folk in the Royal Box have had the chance to finish their strawberries and cream.
The 2011 Wimbledon Champ has spent just 448 minutes on court, which is just under seven and a half hours. That’s around the time most people will spend at work today, but the big difference here is that Novak’s 448 minutes have already earned him at least £205,000 in prize money.
To save you whipping out the abacus, that’s more than £457 every minute he’s on court. Or a PlayStation 4, FIFA 13 game and a crate of lager every 60 seconds.
In this year’s Wimbledon Djokovic has spent an average of 112 minutes on court each game, his longest match being his 132 minute-long straight set fourth round victory over Tommy Haas.
If he continues at this average and wins the tournament he’ll lift the trophy after little more than 13 hours of tennis. That’s almost two hours quicker than the average Wimbledon winner has taken since 2003.
The quickest Wimbledon victories in the last decade
- 729 minutes – Roger Federer 2006
- 745 minutes – Roger Federer 2003
- 753 minutes – Roger Federer 2004
- 784 minutes – Novak Djokovic 2013?
- 822 minutes – Roger Federer 2005
Roger Federer is a seven-time Wimbledon winner and didn’t mess around during his five-year dominance of the tournament between 2003 and 2007. In 2006 the Fed Express dismantled everyone who stood before him in 12 hours and nine minutes, earning £898 every minute he was on court.
Admittedly Novak Djokovic isn’t quite up to that pace but his quick-fire victories could give him the edge over Andy Murray who has spent 64 minutes longer on court up until this point.
- 448 minutes – Time it has taken Djokovic to reach the quarter-finals in 2013
- 464 minutes – Average time it has taken the Wimbledon Champion to reach the quarter-finals since 2003
- 512 minutes – Time it has taken Murray to reach the quarter-finals in 2013
Murray has spent 48 minutes longer getting through to the last eight than the average Wimbledon winner since 2003. Just Rafa Nadal (in 2008 and again in 2010) had spent longer than Murray getting to this point of the competition in the last decade.
The Scot has taken more than an hour longer than Djokovic to get to this stage of the competition. We can only speculate the extent an extra 64 minutes of baseline action, Andrew Castle hyperbole and Fred Perry references will do to his title chances.
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