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Trivia Aussie Open’15: Best 8 -Men’s singles

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
Spain – Nadal
Great Britain -Murray
Australia – Kyrgios

Interestingly, the world No.1 player represents the country with the smallest population!

Serbia – 7,1 million
Canada – 35,1 M
Swiss – 8 M
Japan – 127 M
Czech – 10.5 M
Spain – 47.2 M
UK – 64,1 M
Australia 23,13 M

Last time when the last 8 was formed with different countries at a Grand Slam:

2011 Roland Garros
1. Nadal ESP
2. Soderling SWE
3. Murray GBR
4. Chela ARG
5. Monfils FRA
6. Federer SUI
7. Fognini ITA
8. Djokovic SRB

Last time when the last 8 was formed with different countries at Aussie Open:

2010 AO:
1. Federer SUI
2. Davidenko RUS
3. Djokovic SRB
4. Tsonga FRA
5. Roddick USA
6. Cilic CRO
7. Murray GBR
8. Nadal ESP

Djokovic – Raonic

Since 2005, Djokovic has 11 consecutive appearances in Melbourne, and everytime when he got through the quarter finals, he was always crowned as champion.

LAST time when a Canadian player played in the QF at Australian Championships, in 1968 Michael Belkin lost vs. Bill Bowrey, who won the Championship that year!

Raonic is chasing the FIRST ever semifinal for a Canadian player in the history of the Australian Championships.

Wawrinka – Nishikori

Nishikori is chasing the second in all-time (FIRST in the Open-era) semifinal appearance for a Japanase player in Australia. LAST time Jiri Satoh advanced into the semi in 1932 at the Australian Championships.

Berdych – Nadal

Nadal NEVER lost against a Czech player at the Aussie Open.
Nadal NEVER lost against a Czech player after the second round in any Grand Slam.
Nadal’s record vs. Czech players at the Grand Slams: 6 wins / 1 loss
Wins: M.Tabara (’04 AO R128), J.Novak (’06 US R16), T.Berdych (’07 W QF, ’10 W Final, ’12 AO QF), L.Rosol (’14 W R64)
Loss: L.Rosol (’12 W R64)

Murray – Kyrgios

In his 35 Grand Slam appearances, Andy Murray met ONLY once an Australian player at the Grand Slam before 2015 Aussie Open, he won vs. Matosevic (’14 RG R64). And now this Aussie Open, he will meet already the SECOND Australian player.
Andy Murray did not lose a set against Australian player in his 2 meetings!

Andy Murray’s consecutive streak of reaching at least the QF in a Grand Slam, is still on since US Open ’10. (He did not compete at the Roland Garros in’13.)
Nick Kyrgios on his 7th Grand Slam appearances is looking for his 7th (total) win at the Aussie Open.

RETIRED in the QFs at Aussie Open:

In the Quarter Final Rounds in the Open-era at the Aussie Open

– there were 4 matches where one of the player retired:
1. 2002 Safin – Ferreira rtd.
2. 2004 Agassi – Grojean rtd.
3. 2009 Roddick – Djokovic rtd.
4. 2010 Murray – Nadal rtd.

COMEBACK FROM 0-2 DOWN in the QFs at Aussie Open:

In the Quarter Final Rounds in the Open-era at the Aussie Open

– there were 6 comebacks from 0-2 down:
1. 1969 Ruffels – Bowrey
2. 1995 Sampras – Courier
3. 1996 Agassi – Courier
4. 1998 Korda – Bjorkman
5. 1998 Escude – Kiefer
6. 2013 Ferrer – Almagro