Big Four Back Together Again In Melbourne

Big Four Back Together: The Big Four of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have accounted for 42 of a past 47 Grand Slam tournaments given Roland Garros in 2005 when Nadal won his initial of 14 Grand Slam titles. During a stream stretch, Nadal has won 14 titles, Federer 13, Djokovic 12 and Murray 3.

The 3 other players to win a Grand Slam pretension during a camber are Stan Wawrinka, a three-time champion (2014 Australian Open, 2015 Roland Garros, 2016 US Open), Marin Cilic (2014 US Open) and Juan Martin del Potro (2009 US Open).

The Big Four have won past 11 of a past 13 titles in Melbourne given Federer won his initial pretension in 2004. Djokovic leads a approach with 6 titles followed by Federer (four) and Nadal (one). The trio, along with Wawrinka, are a former Australian Open champions in a draw.

Last season, a Big Four played in usually 3 tournaments together. Here is a demeanour during their results:

Murray Eyes First Title: World No. 1 Andy Murray is a tip seed in a Grand Slam contest for a initial time in his career. Murray is a initial British male to reason a tip seed in a Slam given Bunny Austin during a 1939 Wimbledon.

Murray is creation his 12th true entrance in Melbourne and he’s anticipating to transcribe a attainment of dual of his rivals. Last deteriorate Djokovic won his initial Roland Garros climax and Wawrinka his initial US Open title, both in their 12th contest appearance.

Murray is perplexing to constraint his initial pretension after reaching a final 5 times (2010-11, 2013, 2015-16). He is 0-5 vs. Djokovic in Melbourne with his final 4 runner-up formula entrance to a Serbian. Murray has reached a final in a career-best 6 uninterrupted tournaments going behind to final deteriorate and his 28-match winning strain came to an finish with his final detriment to Djokovic in Doha on 7 January.

Novak Eyes Record: Two-time reigning champion (six overall) Novak Djokovic is perplexing to turn a all-time personality with a many Australian Open singles titles. He is now tied with Aussie good Roy Emerson with 6 titles. Djokovic is a No. 2 seed for a initial time in a Grand Slam contest given a 2014 Roland Garros.

Djokovic has won a pretension in 5 of a past 6 years (39-1 record) with his usually detriment entrance to Wawrinka in a quarter-finals in 2014. Overall he has a 57-6 career record in Melbourne. The 29-year-old Serbian, who won titles in 2008, 2011-13, 2015-16, is one of 3 players to win during slightest 3 titles in a quarrel during a Australian Open along with Aussies Jack Crawford (1931-33) and Emerson (1963-67). Djokovic non-stop a deteriorate by repeating his pretension in Doha (d. Murray).

Roger Returns: Federer is creation his 18th true entrance during a Australian Open and he opens opposite qualifier Jurgen Melzer. The four-time Australian Open champion has an 80-13 compare record. The Swiss luminary will be personification his initial tour-level compare given 8 Jul 2016 when he mislaid in 5 sets in a semi-finals to Milos Raonic during Wimbledon. He missed a rest of final deteriorate with a knee injury.

It is also Federer’s initial entrance outward a Top 10 in Melbourne given 2002 when he was ranked No. 12 and his No. 17 seeding is his lowest in a Grand Slam given he came in unseeded during 2001 Roland Garros. Federer finished final deteriorate with a 21-7 compare record and No. 16 ranking.

His strain of 14 uninterrupted years in a year-end Top 10 ended, that is second usually to Jimmy Connors’ 16. Federer’s best outcome was a runner-up in Brisbane (l. to Raonic) in a opening week of a season.

His strain of 15 true years with during slightest one ATP World Tour pretension also came to an end. Prior to Federer’s knee injury, he was still personification during a high turn as indicated in a Infosys ATP Scores Stats. He would have been in a Top 5 in a following categories if he had played adequate matches to qualify:

First Serve Points Won      80%

Second Serve Points Won 56%

Service Games Won          90%

Career Double Slam: Nadal is perplexing to turn a third actor in men’s tennis story to win any Grand Slam singles pretension twice in his career. The 2009 Australian Open champ is a nine-time Roland Garros champion and two-time personality during Wimbledon and US Open.

Aussies Rod Laver and Roy Emerson are a other players to accomplish a feat. Laver won a calendar Grand Slam in 1962 and ’69 while Emerson warranted 6 Melbourne titles and dual any during Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open.

Nadal is a No. 9 seed, his lowest seed in a Grand Slam contest given he was No. 10 during 2015 Wimbledon. It is Nadal’s lowest Australian Open seeding given he was unseeded in 2005. Nadal has a 45-10 record in Melbourne, reaching a quarter-finals or softened in 8 of a prior 11 visits. Last year he mislaid in a initial turn for a initial time to countryman Fernando Verdasco in 5 sets.

All-Time Grand Slam Champions: Here are a all-time Grand Slam titles leaders:


1) Roger Federer   17-10

2) Pete Sampras     14-4

2) Rafael Nadal       14-6

4) Novak Djokovic  12-9

4) Roy Emerson       12-3

6) Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver 11-5 11-6

Grand Slam Champions: Six of a 7 active Grand Slam champions (except del Potro) are in a categorical draw, led by six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic and four-time personality Federer. The 6 players have total to win 50 Grand Slam singles titles:

Grand Slam Titles
Roger Federer
2003-07, ’09, ’12 Wimbledon; 2004, ’06-07, ’10 Australian Open2004-08 US Open; 2009 Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal 
2005-08, ’10-14 Roland Garros; 2008, ’10 Wimbledon; ’09 Australian Open; ’10, ’13 US Open
Novak Djokovic
2008, ’11-’12-’13, ’15-16 Australian Open; 2011, ’14-15 Wimbledon; 2011, ’15 US Open; 2016 Roland Garros
Andy Murray 
2012 US Open; 2013, ’16 Wimbledon
Stan Wawrinka
2014 Australian Open, 2015 Roland Garros, 2016 US Open
Marin Cilic 
2014 US Open

Final Breakthrough: There are 6 players in a categorical pull who have reached a Grand Slam final and are still looking to win a Slam title, including No. 3 Milos Raonic, who reached a 2016 Wimbledon final. Here’s a demeanour during a players who have reached a Grand Slam final and are still in office of a Grand Slam title:

Player                                 Grand Slam Tournament Final

No. 3 Milos Raonic              2016 Wimbledon (l. to Murray)

No. 5 Kei Nishikori               2014 US Open (l. to Cilic)

No. 10 Tomas Berdych        2010 Wimbledon (l. to Nadal)

No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga   2008 Australian Open (l. to Djokovic)

No. 23 David Ferrer             2013 Roland Garros (l. to Nadal)

No. 36 Marcos Baghdatis    2006 Australian Open (l. to Federer)

Lopez Iron Man: Feliciano Lopez is appearing in his 60th uninterrupted Grand Slam contest in singles. The 35-year-old Spaniard joins Federer as a usually players to contest in 60 or some-more uninterrupted Grand Slam singles events. Federer’s record of 65 in a quarrel finished when he withdrew from Roland Garros final year.

Consecutive Grand Slam Events Played



Roger Federer

Feliciano Lopez

65 (2000 Aus Open-2016 Aus Open)

60* (2002 Roland Garros-2017 Aus Open)



Wayne Ferreira

Fernando Verdasco

56 (1991 Aus Open-2004 US Open)

55* (2003 Wimbledon-2017 Aus Open)





Stefan Edberg

Tomas Berdych

David Ferrer

Novak Djokovic

54 (1983 Wimbledon-1996 US Open)

52 (2003 US Open-2016 Wimbledon)

50 (2003 Aus Open-2015 Roland Garros)

49* (2005 Aus Open-2017 Aus Open)


Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

49* (2005 Aus Open-2017 Aus Open)


Stan Wawrinka

48* (2005 Roland Garros-2017 Aus Open)

Players in categorical pull in bold, *denotes a strain that is active by 2017 Australian Open

Grand Slam Match Wins Leaders: Federer is a all-time compare wins personality (307) in Grand Slam story while Djokovic is No. 3 with 228 wins, Nadal tied for No. 7 (w/Sampras) with 203 wins, and Murray No. 10 with 176 wins. Here are a Top 10 Grand Slam compare wins leaders (active players in bold):

                                 W-L     Titles 

1) Roger Federer    307-51   17

2) Jimmy Connors    233-49    8

3) Novak Djokovic  228-36   12

4) Andre Agassi        224-53    8

5) Ivan Lendl            222-49     8

6) Roy Emerson       210-48    12

7) Rafael Nadal       203-31    14

Pete Sampras          203-38    14

9) Stefan Edberg      178-47     6

10) Andy Murray     176-40     3

Kyrgios, Tomic Lead Aussie Hopes: Mark Edmondson is a final Aussie to win a singles pretension on home dirt in 1976 (d. Newcombe). Aussie No. 1 Nick Kyrgios, who reached a quarter-finals dual years ago (l. to Murray), leads internal pretension hopes. Kyrgios, who won a career-best 3 ATP World Tour titles final season, is one of 11 Aussies in a categorical draw. No. 2 Aussie Bernard Tomic, who is seeded No. 27, is creation his ninth true entrance (15-8 record). His best outcome is a fourth turn in 2012, 2015-16. Wild label Alex De Minaur, 17, a youngest actor in a draw, is creation his debut.

Brothers In Draw: There are dual sets of brothers in a singles categorical pull for a second true Grand Slam tournament. Alexander and Mischa Zverev along with Gerald and Jurgen Melzer are in a draw. At final year’s US Open, a Zverevs were assimilated by Christian and Ryan Harrison. Last week Mischa Zverev softened to No. 50 and it noted a initial time a brothers twin ranked in a Top 50 in a same week given 8 May 2006, with Olivier Rochus during No. 29 and hermit Christophe No. 42.

Haas is Back: Former World No. 2 Tommy Haas is personification in his initial contest given Oct 2015 in Vienna. He’s a oldest actor in a singles draw, reduction than 3 months divided from his 39th birthday on 3 April. Haas, who is a contest executive during a BNP Paribas Masters in Indian Wells, has a stable ranking of No. 25. Haas has a 26-13 career record during a Australian Open with his best formula a semi-finals in 2002 and 2007. His final revisit in Melbourne was in 2014.

Radek Going Strong: Radek Stepanek competent into a categorical draw. The 38-year-old Czech Republic local is a oldest Grand Slam qualifier given Aussie Mal Anderson (42) during a Australian Open in Dec 1977. Stepanek is a third-oldest Grand Slam qualifier in a Open Era, behind Anderson and Neale Fraser (40), who competent during Wimbledon in 1974.

Sascha Leads #NextGenATP Stars: No. 24 seed Alexander Zverev is a youngest actor in a Top 50 of a Emirates ATP Rankings. Last deteriorate a 19-year-old German became a initial teen to finish in a Top 25 (at No. 24) given Novak Djokovic (No. 16) and Andy Murray (No. 17) in 2006. He reached a career-high No. 20 on 17 Oct after winning his lass ATP World Tour pretension in St. Petersburg. He was a initial teen to win an ATP pretension given Marin Cilic (19) during 2008 New Haven.

#NextGenATP Stars Shine: There are 15 #NextGen ATP players in a categorical draw. Here is a demeanour during a immature stars (listed in Emirates ATP Rankings order):

Rank                                        Age

No. 24 Alexander Zverev, GER 19

No. 52 Karen Khachanov, RUS 20

No. 59 Borna Coric, CRO 20

No. 63 Daniil Medvedev, RUS 20

No. 93 Taylor Fritz, USA 19

No. 101 Jared Donaldson, USA 20

No. 105 Hyeon Chung, KOR 20

No. 108 Frances Tiafoe, USA (Q) 18

No. 131 Ernesto Escobedo, USA (Q) 20

No. 152 Andrey Rublev, RUS (Q) 19

No. 155 Quentin Halys, FRA (WC) 20

No. 190 Michael Mmoh, USA (WC) 19

No. 200 Noah Rubin, USA (Q) 20

No. 207 Alexander Bublik, KAZ + (Q) 19

No. 208 Reilly Opelka, USA + (Q) 19

+ Will mangle Top 200 after Australian Open

U.S. Leads Country Count: There are a tournament-high 14 Americans in a categorical draw, led by No. 19 John Isner and No. 20 Jack Sock, who pennyless a Top 20 for a initial time after his pretension in Auckland. Five Americans competent into a categorical draw, a many given 2007. Half of a Americans in a pull are 20 or younger and partial of a #NextGenATP group:

No. 93 Taylor Fritz, USA 19

No. 101 Jared Donaldson, USA 20

No. 108 Frances Tiafoe, USA 18

No. 131 Ernesto Escobedo, USA 20

No. 190 Michael Mmoh, USA 19

No. 200 Noah Rubin, USA 20

No. 208 Reilly Opelka, USA + 19

+ Will mangle Top 200 after Australian Open

Note: The final Grand Slam contest 7 Americans (20 or younger) were in a categorical pull was a 2006 US Open.

Doubles Draw: The reigning champions are Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, final year’s No. 1 group in a Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who have finished No. 1 for 10 of a past 14 years, are six-time Australian Open champions. Their 6 titles are a second-most as a group in contest story behind Bromwich-Quist (eight).


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Potential Match Wins Milestones

David Ferrer – 694

Philipp Kohlschreiber – 394

Fabio Fognini – 246

Gilles Muller – 196

Denis Istomin – 194 

Rankings Movers

Dudi Sela 67 (+20)

Daniel Evans 51 (+16) – career high

Joao Sousa 37 (+7)

Gilles Muller 28 (+6) career high

Steve Johnson 30 (+3)

Jack Sock 20 (+3) – career high

Daniil Medvedev 63 (+2) – career high

Nick Kyrgios 13 (+1) – ties career high


17 Jan – Albert Ramos-Vinolas (29)

19 Jan – Horia Tecau (32)

20 Jan – Frances Tiafoe (19)

20 Jan – Malek Jaziri (33)

20 Jan – Robert Farah (30)

21 Jan – Nicolas Mahut (35)

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