Every year at the Grand slams, champions are crowned. Champions, who get a standing ovation from the center court crowd, trophy from the legends of the game and a huge sum of money from the organizers. It doesn’t stop there. They are viewed upon as the world beaters and are suddenly burdened with the expectations of the world. Only few fulfill the expectations, only few come back and repeat their success and become multiple time champions. Those few are not just called Champions, they are called Legends.
Over the years, The Australian Open has witnessed many such legends. Here are the top 5 most successful players (Men’s Singles) of the season’s first Grand Slam.
10 Grand slams titles, world number 1 and regarded by some as the greatest player of all time (though, the talks are a bit premature) it all started here at the Australian Open in 2008 for Djokovic. 7 years later he has 5 Australian Open titles (2008,2011,2012,2013,1015), which is more than anyone in the Open era.
The “Djoker” plays good tennis on all the surfaces, but is generally at his best on the hard courts of Melbourne. The record, the sense of invincibility makes Novak Djokovic the most successful Men’s singles player at the Australian Open. Next up for the Serb is Roy Emerson’s all time record of 6 singles titles.
If the talk is about the successful players in tennis, then one name has to be in the mix – Roger Federer. The man is undoubtedly the best of his generation (probably, GOAT) and his AO record is expectedly enviable. He has won 79 matches (prior to AO 2016) which is the most for any player at the AO. His run of 30 consecutive wins is also an AO record. For these reasons, Federer will be counted amongst the very best this Grand Slam has ever seen.
The mercurial American was always a force to be reckoned with at the Australian Open in his hay days. At the time when Pete Sampras was winning Grand slams for fun, Agassi was one of the few who stood toe to toe with him. In fact Agassi went on to win 4 AO singles titles (first man to achieve this feat), two more than the great Pete. Though he was not able to challenge Pete’s record of 14 Grand slams, he did become the first male player ever to achieve a career slam. His 4 AO titles(1995,2000,201,2003) was an Open era record until Novak Djokovic won his 5th in 2015.
The good spirited swede has been the Australian open champion thrice. He won two titles when the Australian Open was played on grass and once on hard court, hence becoming one of the very few to win majors on all three surfaces. He was known for his sportsmanship and was awarded Pierre de Coubertin World fair play trophy. He still is the youngest to win the Australian open. With 36 wins and 3 titles, Wilander surely is amongst the most successful players ever to set foot on the tennis courts of Melbourne.
Sweden has a reputation of producing some of the finest Tennis players over the years, one of them (probably the best) among them is Stefan Edberg. The soft spoken Swede has a very good record at the Australian Open, winning it twice (1985,1987) and being runner up thrice (1990,1992,1993). A superb player on grass, it’s hardly surprising that both his AO titles came on grass. He showed the world his ability of adapting by reaching the finals on hard courts of Melbourne thrice. His rivalry with Ivan Lendl and fellow countryman Boris Becker are legendary. With 56 wins and 3 titles, Stefan Edberg is one of the most successful player in the Australian open history.