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Top five men's singles players with most matches at Australian Open in Open Era

Published at :January 30, 2024 at 9:14 PM
Modified at :January 30, 2024 at 9:14 PM
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Mohammed Fazeel

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are the only two men to play over 100 games

The Australian Open is one of the four major tournaments in tennis, also known as Grand Slams. It began its journey in 1905 as the Australasian Championships and got its current name in 1969. At first, it was a men-only event, with the women being allowed to play from 1922 onwards. The Australian Open was played on grass until 1987 when it switched over to hard courts.

Since the Open Era began, numerous players have made the honor roll at the Australian Open. Plenty of legends have etched their names into the tournament’s history books. The event has also witnessed plenty of epic battles and thrilling comebacks.

Today, we delve into the list of champions, unveiling the top five men’s singles players with the most match wins to their name.

Roger Federer – 117 Matches

Roger Federer is one of the two men who have more than 100 wins on the hard courts of Melbourne Park. He has also won six Australian Open titles, second only to Novak Djokovic. The Swiss maestro was the epitome of fitness in his career, never retiring in any of his 1,526 singles and 224 doubles matches. He also enjoyed a 24-win streak in finals between 2003 and 2005. His first title came against Marat Safin in 2004.

Novak Djokovic – 102 Matches

Novak Djokovic is the only one who can surpass Federer’s tally of 117 match wins soon. The Serbian has ten Australian Open titles, four more than Federer. He reached the semifinals of the 2024 Australian Open, where Jannik Sinner defeated him in four sets.

Djokovic made sure there was room for three at the top and was part of the top trio until Federer retired. He has been so dominant at the Australian Open, loss to Sinner was only his second since 2018.

Rafael Nadal – 93 Matches

Rafael Nadal is not participating in the 2024 Australian Open as expected, but he is still one of the leading match winners in Melbourne, with 93 wins. The southpaw has been dominant on clay, but he has had only limited success at the Australian Open, with two titles (2009 and 2022) and four runner-up finishes (2012, 2014, 2017, and 2019). Nadal, who made his comeback in Brisbane, withdrew from the Australian Open with a muscle-related injury.

Andy Murray – 67 Matches

Andy Murray, a five-time Australian Open finalist, has 67 match wins at the Australian Open. He also has 46 tour-level titles, including three majors, the 2016 Nitto ATP Finals, and two Olympic singles gold medals. The Scot made an early exit at this year’s Australian Open, losing to Tomas Martin Etcheverry in straight sets. The two-time Wimbledon champion would have fared better in Melbourne if not for Novak Djokovic, who beat him on five occasions, four of them in finals (2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016) and once in the semifinal round (2012).

Stefan Edberg – 66 Matches

The legendary Swede Stefan Edberg won two Australian Open singles titles in 1985 and 1987. He won 66 matches in Melbourne when it was played on grass. He played in the classic serve and volley style, a technique that also earned him two Wimbledon titles (1988 and 1990) and two US Open titles (1991 and 1992). He came back from a set down to defeat Boris Becker in four sets – 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-2 – for the 1988 Wimbledon title.

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