Twenty-six different ATP tennis players have held the No. 1 ranking since the Open Era began in 1968.
Tomorrow, we’ll check out the ladies.
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|PLAYER||COUNTRY||TOTAL CAREER WEEKS AT NO. 1|
|1.||Roger Federer||Switzerland||291 (Current No. 1)|
|19.||Juan Carlos Ferrero||Spain||8|
The Australian Open always feels a bit out of place here in the USA. In the short, dark, damn cold days of mid-January, and in the midst of all these winter sports – football, basketball and hockey – suddenly, we’re talking major outdoor tennis and reminded of a spring that seems as far away as Australia itself.
For a look at the current brackets, click here. Federer is going for a record fifth Australian Open title, Djokovic his third and Nadal his second.
Here’s a look at tennis players with multiple Australian Open championships. The major began accepting professionals in 1969, a year after the other three majors did the same.
Thirteen players have won multiple Australian Open titles. That’s more than any of the other three majors in the open era.
And what about those other majors? Sports List of the Day already has you covered…
Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the ladies.
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|1.||Roger Federer||SUI||4||2004, 2006, 2007, 2010|
|1.||Andre Agassi||USA||4||1995, 2000, 2001, 2003|
|3.||Mats Wilander||SWE||3||1983, 1984, 1988|
|4.||Novak Djokovic||SRB||2||2008, 2011|
|4.||Pete Sampras||USA||2||1994, 1997|
|4.||Boris Becker||GER||2||1991, 1996|
|4.||Jim Courier||USA||2||1992, 1993|
|4.||Ivan Lendl||CZE||2||1989, 1990|
|4.||Stefan Edberg||SWE||2||1985, 1987|
|4.||Johan Kriek||RSA||2||1981, 1982|
|4.||Guillermo Vilas||ARG||2||1978, 1979|
|4.||John Newcombe||AUS||2||1973, 1975|
|4.||Ken Rosewall||AUS||2||1971, 1972|
Novak Djokovic won the 2011 US Open over defending champion Rafael Nadal Monday night in four sets. It looked like a runaway, with Djokovic taking the first two sets (6-2, 6-4) and leading the third 5-3, but Nadal fought back taking the third set 7-6 in a tiebreaker.
Djokovic took over again in the fourth, though, clearing the court of Nadal, who often looked overmatched and fatigued throughout the evening, 6-1.
With the US Open victory, Novak Djokovic took three of the year’s majors: the US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal took, and pretty much owns, the French Open title. Nadal has won six of the last seven French Opens and is the primary reason Roger Federer never won the single-season grand slam.
In fact, only three tennis players have won the single-season grand slam during the open era (1968-present): one man and two women.
More have held all four major titles at the same time (over two years). Just one more though.
More still have the career grand slam – winning at least one of every major over the course of their career. Ten players have achieved that.
Finally, as for three majors in a single season, that’s happened 20 times.
Today’s list covers all of those major, major winners (singles events, open era):
|Single-Season Grand Slams|
|Multiple-Season Grand Slams|
|1.||Margaret Court||Australia||1969-70, 1970-1971|
|3.||Steffi Graf||Germany||1988-1989, 1993-1994|
|Career Grand Slam (in order of achievement & including the above)|
|3.||Billie Jean King||U.S.A.|
|Three of Four Majors in One Year||AUS||FRE||WIM||US|
|2.||Billie Jean King||U.S.A||1972||*||*||*|