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Trivia Aussie Open’15: Best 16 -Men’s singles Part Two

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, he is going into the history book! Why?

Italian players at Aussie Open:

-LAST time when an Italian player reached the QF in Melbourne, it was Cristiano Caratti (lost vs. Patrick McEnroe) in 1991;
Italian player NEVER reached the semifinal in Australia since the beginning (1905) of the tournament!

Italian players at Grand Slam Grand Slam:

– LAST time when an Italian player advanced into the QF in a major, it was Fabio Fognini in 2011 at Roland Garros;
– LAST time when an Italian player reached the semifinal, it was Corrado Barazzutti in 1978 at Roland Garros (lost vs. Bjorn Borg);
– LAST time when an Italian player won a major, it was Adriano Panatta (the last Italian Grand Slam champion) in 1976 at Roland Garros;

Novak Djokovic – Gilles Muller

They NEVER met at the majors.
This is the FIRST time when Djokovic plays against a player from Luxemburg in a Grand Slam.
If Gilles Muller wins, he can repeat his career best (2008 at US Open) reaching the QF.
Luxembourg player NEVER advanced into the last 16 in the history of Australian Championships!
Both Luxembourg players of the Grand Slam history (Gaston Wampach és Gilles Muller) was/is LEFT-HANDED!

This match will be Djokovic’s 53rd match at the Aussie Open, for Muller, it will be his 51st Grand Slam match!

Feliciano Lopez – Milos Raonic

It will be Raonic’s 55th Grand Slam match (38 wins and 16 losses).
In the Open-era, Canadian player NEVER reached the QF at the Aussie Open.
LAST time when a Canadian player advanced into the QF at Australian Championships, it was Michael Belkin reaching the last 8 in 1968 (lost vs. Bill Bowrey). This was the BEST result for Canada in Australia!

Stan Wawrinka – Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

This is the second straight Australian Open where Wawrinka advanced further than Federer.

Kevin Anderson – Rafael Nadal

They NEVER met at the majors.
Nadal Grand played ONLY once against a player from South-Africa at a major (2006, US Open, defeated Wesley Moodie).
If Anderson wins, it will be his career best.
Nadal reached at least the QF since 2007 – when he played in Melbourne.

Andreas Seppi – Nick Kyrgios

For both Italy and Australia, the year of 1976 means a remarkable milestone.
On one hand, Adriano Panatta, the last Grand Slam champion from Italy, won the French Open in 1976, on the other hand, Mark Edmondson was the last Australian who succeeded at home major in 1976!