MISC FOR WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL: Serena Williams – Maria Sharapova LAST TIME -when total 23 Grand Slam singles titles clashed in a women’s Grand Slam final, it was in Wimbledon in 1999 when Lindsay Davenport (1title) vs. Steffi Graf (22 titles); today Serena Williams (18) will meet Maria Sharapova (5). -when more than 23 Grand . . .
MISC FOR MEN’S SINGLES SFs: Berdych – Murray This is the FIRST time when a Czech (or former Czechoslovakian) player will face a British player in the Semifinal in the history of Australian Championships. This is the 3rd meeting between a Czech (or former Czechoslovakian) player and a British player in a semifinal in the . . .
MISC FOR WOMEN’S SINGLES SFs: It has NEVER been any women semifinal in the Grand Slam history which has a Russian-Russian / US – US configuration (where Russians played each other and US did the same). LAST TIME -when 2 Russians and 2 US players were in the SF, it was in 2009 in Wimbledon . . .
BEFORE QF: Since 1877 (first Wimbledon): – it NEVER happened in the Tennis Grand Slam history that the Best 8 (a quarter final of the Grand Slam) was formed by the players from the following countries: Serbia (or former Yugoslavia) – Djokovic Canada – Raonic Switzerland – Wawrinka Japan – Nishikori Czech (or former Czechoslovakia)-Berdych . . .
Andreas Seppi and the Italian legacy Andreas Seppi, after beating Federer, can be ready to reach his career best as QF if he defeats Kyrgios. The Aussie Open is Seppi’s 40th major, and the match against Kyrgios will be his 20th in Melbourne. Seppi always lost in the R16s, if he can pass this test, . . .
The story of two Australians With Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios, again 2 Australian players advanced into the last 16 at the Aussie Open. Let’s see when happened the same thing and/or whether it was better performances from 2 Aussie players both at their home major and at the all-time Grand Slam history. LAST time . . .
LAST TIME when Gael Monfils won back-to-back 5setters at any Grand Slam, it was in 2006 at Roland Garros. He lost his last 4 Grand Slam in a 5setters: ’14 Roland Garros (vs. Murray), ’14 Wimbledon (vs. Vesely), ’14 US Open (vs. Federer) and now ’15 Aussie Open vs. Janowicz. Benjamin Becker‘s comeback from 0-2 . . .
2 Japanese players (Soeda, Nishikori) in the last 32 again after 43 years? LAST TIME, when 2 Japanese players reached the last 32 at the same Grand Slam, happened in 1972 – Aussie Open (Jun Kuki & Kiyoshi Tanabe), however the main draw consist of 64 players in 1972. Hewitt is the LAST Mohican! Lleyton . . .
1. Can Nadal win in Melbourne? If he does here, he would be the FIRST player after Rod Laver who wins every major at least twice. (As of today, only 2 players, the two Australian legends, Roy Emerson and Rod Laver completed this feat. Thus, if Nadal wins here, he would be the FIRST EUROPEAN . . .
This article is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the first Australian Championship Written by Karoly Mazak Until the Open-era…1957-1968 Lew Hoad loses in the semis of the 1957 Australian Championships in Melbourne to Neale Fraser, who is stopped by Ashley Cooper in the final. World No. 2 Shirley Fry beats No. 4 Althea Gibson . . .