Novak Djokovic on Wednesday became the first man in tennis history to crack the 100-million-dollar mark in career prize money earnings as he beat Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 at the French Open.
The fourth-round prize packet of 294,000 euros (329,300 dollars) sends the Serbian into uncharted fiscal territory in the sport as he plays in his 28th straight quarter-final at a grand slam.
ATP figures put his official prize money total at 100,000,875 dollars over 14 professional seasons. Roger Federer was second with 98,011,727 dollars.
Rafael Nadal came in third with 78,109,778 dollars, and Andy Murray in fourth with a little over 45 million dollars.
Part of Djokovic's record total comes from massive rises in grand slam payouts over the past few seasons as the four majors continue their race to pay more and more to players as a matter of prestige.
The weekend winner at Roland Garros will earn 2 million euros (2.25 million dollars), with the tournament giving a 14-per-cent increase in prize money for a total prize packet of 32 million euros.
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