The ATP homepage features interesting and dramatic stories that can take place in Melbourne Park from January 20 to February 2 for the first Grand Slam of the year.
The dominance of a power trio Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer won 14 times in the last 16 times the Australian Open was held. Since Federer won the Wimbledon 2003, the trio have won 55 titles from a total of 66 Grand Slams so far.
They came to Melbourne Park this year as the top 3 in the world and led the most Grand Slam champions, with Federer (20), Nadal (19) and Djokjovic (16). This is also the eighth time, the trio occupy the top three seed positions in the Australian Open.
Nadal hunts the second championship. This is the 14th time the Spanish player has attended the Australian Open, and this is his fourth time attending the tournament as the number one seed. But Nadal was once crowned here only in 2009, when he was the best in the world. The other two times he went to Melbourne Park as the number one seed, Nadal stopped in the quarterfinals (2011 and 2018).
If this year’s Australian Open, Nadal will become the third person in history after the legendary Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, at least twice crowned in each of the four Grand Slams.
Last year, at the age of 33, he set the oldest world number one player record at the end of the year. For the fifth time in his career, Nadal did the same, thereby balancing the performance of Djokovic, Federer and Jimmy Connors, less than once compared to Pete Sampras’ record.
Djokovic’s dominoes. The Serbian is holding the record for most Australian Open championships, with seven. Ranked behind him were Federer and Emerson with six times. In last year’s final, Djokovic beat Nadal in three sets.
Not so long ago, the 32-year-old made a big contribution to bringing the Serbian team to the ATP Cup championship for the first season. There, Djokovic won all six singles and two doubles, with victories over rivals in the top 10 of the world including Gael Monfils (No. 10), Daniil Medvedev (No. 5) and Rafael Nadal (No. 1).