Top five players with most winners in men's singles at Australian Open 2024
(Courtesy : AP)
Daniil Medvedev leads the list.
Every sporting event, regardless of scale, is an opportunity for those taking part to rewrite records or make new ones. The Australian Open 2024 was no exception, serving up everything from the fastest serves of the fortnight to the not-so-desirable statistic of most double faults. A “winner” comes in many forms and requires strategy backed up by technical skill to unleash the shot perfectly. When done well, it can help one of the competitors dominate the encounter or swing the momentum to the shot maker.
Several players at this year’s Australian Open 2024 have racked up impressive “winner” counts while making their way through the draw. Some of these talented individuals, in order of winners scored, are:
5. Andrey Rublev (231)
Andrey Rublev fired 231 winners during his Australian Open 2024 run. The Russian had previously survived a scare against unseeded Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild in a marathon five-setter in a first-round encounter. The games against Wild accounted for 88 of those winners. Andrey Rublev notched up his 300th career win against Alex de Minaur in a fourth-round five-setter to deny the Australian a chance to play in the quarterfinal. The Moscow native is yet to get past the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam and fell to eventual winner Jannik Sinner in three sets. He lost his serve at crucial moments in an evenly poised match.
4. Jannik Sinner (247)
Jannik Sinner – the toast of Italy after becoming the first Italian to win the Australian Open. Sinner is the second player from Italy to win a Grand Slam trophy after countryman Adriano Panatta, who won at Roland Garros in 1976. The World No. 4 posted two scintillating back-to-back wins against Grand Slam champions Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. The win against Medvedev was particularly gratifying, coming as it did on the big stage and from two sets down. Sinner pushed back against the gritty Medvedev to prevail in five sets 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-3. He snapped Djokovic’s unbeaten Australian Open run in the semifinals a day before.
3. Hubert Hurkacz (253)
Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz is one of the fastest servers in the game. He also proved his prowess in sending winners across the net – 253 of them to be precise, at the recently concluded Australian Open 2024. He won 83% of his points on his first serve, leading the pack for the statistic.
Hurkacz moved up one spot on the ATP rankings to World No. 8 after his quarter-final appearance against Medvedev in Melbourne. The Pole challenged the World No. 3 and made him dig deep to pull off a win. The 26-year-old Hurkacz’s past exploits include winning the ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai – the second major title of his career after winning Miami in 2021.
2. Alexander Zverev (274)
Despite the 274 winners sent down by Alexander Zverev during the 2024 Australian Open, the German World No. 6 fell short of claiming his first major title. The twice winner of the “Nitto ATP Finals” lost in the semifinals of the season-opening event despite taking the first two sets to register a five-set loss 5-7, 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 6-3. Zverev arrived in Melbourne after helping Germany lift the 2024 United Cup against Poland.
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1. Daniil Medvedev (289)
Daniil Medvedev, long known for his love-hate relationship with the crowds at tennis stadiums, most recently at the Paris-Bercy during his match against Grigor Dimitrov last season. The temperamental Russian sent down 289 winners at the Australian Open 2024 – the most by any player in the recently concluded edition. Medvedev also spent a shade over 24 hours – the most time on court by any player at a Grand Slam for his seven matches. The World No. 3 won the most breakpoints (37) at Melbourne Park in 2024.
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