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Trivia Aussie Open’15: Final – Men’s singles

MISC FOR MEN’S SINGLES FINAL:

Novak Djokovic – Andy Murray
THE STAKE

For Djokovic:
Can Djokovic collect his 5th Australian Open championship (in 7 years)?

If he wins the Aussie Open,

– he will be the record holder at the AO in the Open-era (the absolute record belongs to Roy Emerson with 6 titles) ;

– he will be the ONLY 5-time champion of the Australian Open history!

– he’ll join “5-Club”, the winners of 5 sing.titles at 1 GS (all-time): Lawrence DohertyBjorn Borg 5-5 Wimbledon, Jimmy ConnorsPete SamprasRoger Federer 5-5-5 US titles;

– this will be his 50th won match at the Aussie Open;

– Serbia will tie the fourth place with UK and Switzerland on the “Aussie Open champions by country” all-time list (1. Australia 50, US 19, Sweden 6, UK-Switzerland 5-5 titles).

Since 2005, Djokovic has 11 consecutive appearances in Melbourne, and every time when he got through the quarterfinals, he always won!

Furthermore, he has a flawless, 100% record in the finals (4-0), only Agassi has the same record among the players with minimum 4 final appearances.

Djokovic won his first Grand Slam (and Aussie Open) title on February 1, 2008. Today is February 1 again.

For Murray:

Can Andy Murray finally have a breakthrough in Melbourne where he lost 3 finals? Murray is still chasing his 1st Aussie title.

If he wins the Aussie Open,
– he will be the first player from United Kingdom who wins this championship in the Open-era;

– he will be 6th player from United Kingdom who won the Australian Championships (J.C.Parke, F.G.Lowe, A. Kingscote, J.Gregory, F.Perry);

– he will be on the 5th on the British Grand Slam champions’ all-time list:
1. F.Perry 8 titles
2. W.Renshaw 7 titles
3. Laurie Doherty 6 titles
4. Reginald Doherty 4 titles
5. Wilfred Baddeley, Arthur Gore 3-3 titles
6. John Hartley, Joshua Pim, Andy Murray 2-2 titles;

– United Kingdom will tie the third place with Sweden on the “champions by country” all-time list (1. Australia 50, US 19, Sweden 6, UK-Switzerland 5-5 titles);

– this will be his 40th won match at the Aussie Open.

Every UK player won the Australian Championships ONLY ONCE!

NOMEN EST OMEN:

1912 James Cecil ParkE *(represented GBR, however he was Irish)
1915 Sir Francis Gordon LowE
1919 Algernon KingscotE
1929 John Colin GregorY
1934 Fred PerrY
2016 Andy MurraY ?

The first 3 UK players’ last letter of their names ended E.
The last 3 UK players’ last letter of their names ended Y.

100 years ago,in 1915,Sir Francis Gordon Lowe (GBR) won the Australian Championships! The history repeats itself?

G.Lowe 1915                      A.Murray 2015

QF 63 62 63                       63 76 63              3sets

SF 36 63 75 75                  67 60 63 75         4sets

F 46 61 61 64                     ????

Mystery in history in Melbourne:

There is the list about the players with negative records (who always lost in the GS finals at minimum 3 appearances in the finals) and never won the referenced major:
AO: Andy Murray 0-3    (Harry Hopman, Neale Fraser and Andy Murray are the all-time negative record holders at AO history with 0-3 in the finals)
RG: Paul Lebreton 0-3  (Paul Lebreton is the all-time negative record holder 0-3 in the finals of RG)
W: Andy Roddick 0-3   (Ken Rosewall is the all-time negative record holder in Wimbledon with 0-4)
USO: Bjorn Borg 0-4  (Borg is the all-time negative record holder at USO history).
Some miscellaneous facts:
Gerald Patterson (AUS) lost 3 times and he finally won the title at his 4th try in 1927.
Harry Hopman lost 3 -consecutive- finals and never won neither in Australia nor any other GS.
Neale Fraser lost 3 finals and never won in Australia.