TENNIS - Novak Djokovic has become the first player in the Open era to win the Australian Open in three successive years. The last player to achieve that feat before the Open era started (1968) was Roy Emerson who won five in a row from 1963 to 1967. Jack Crawford (1931-1933) is the only other player to win this tournament at least three years in a row.
TENNIS - China’s Li Na will take on top seed Victoria Azarenka in the final of the 2013 Australian Open women’s singles final, coming fresh off a victory over second seed Maria Sharapova and fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals. On only three previous occasions, a player managed to eliminate three of the top four seeds in the same Grand Slam championship (women’s singles).
TENNIS - Maria Sharapova will play against Li Na in the semifinal of the 2013 Australian Open on Thursday. Sharapova has lost nine games in the first five matches of this tournament. This equals the second fewest number of games lost in a Grand Slam tournament for players reaching the final four (only players with five completed matches taken into account).
TENNIS - When looking at percentage of games (the ones that make up sets, which make up tennis matches) won at Grand Slams in Open era, the men’s singles Top 11 all-time contains the ‘Big 4’ of modern day tennis. Björn Borg and Rafael Nadal are the only two players that have won at least 60% of all their games, the equivalent of winning each Grand Slam match by 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
TENNIS - Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm has reached the third round at the Australian Open, making the 42-year-old the second oldest player to survive two rounds of women’s singles at a Grand Slam tournament, behind Renée Richards, who was 45 when negotiating the first two rounds at the 1979 US Open. Date is now faced with another daunting task, attempting to become the first player in almost 20 years to beat an opponent less than half her age. Martina Navratilova last performed that feat at the 1993 US Open.
TENNIS - Maria Sharapova became the third woman in Open era history to register back-to-back ‘double bagels’ (6-0, 6-0 triumphs) in the same Grand Slam tournament, joining Margaret Court, who performed the feat in the second and third rounds of the 1973 Australian Open and Wendy Turnbull who did the same in Rounds 1 and 2 of the 1985 Australian Open.
TENNIS - Novak Djokovic, the winner of the last two men’s singles championship at the Australian Open, can become the first person in the Open era (1968-present) to win three in a row. The last player to complete the threepeat was Roy Emerson, five consecutive from 1963 to 1967 (prior to the Open era). In the Open era, 10 players managed back-to-back titles, but no one has registered the threepeat.
TENNIS - Serena Williams claimed her fourth US Open women’s singles crown, raising her total Major tally to 15 and becoming only the sixth woman ever to accumulate that many Grand Slam tournament victories. Click Read More to see the all-time Top 10 of women’s tennis.
TENNIS - Andy Murray defeated Tomás Berdych to reach his fifth career Grand Slam final and giving himself the opportunity to break his duck. The Scotsman has played in four previous Major finals and has lost them all. The only other player to lose his first four is Murray’s current coach: Ivan Lendl. No player has lost his first five.
TENNIS - Serena Williams saw off Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 in the most lopsided US Open women’s singles semifinal match in 20 years in advancing to the final without losing a set. Serena has completed four unblemished career Majors and twice before at the US Open. In Open era, only two women have more than four to their name.
TENNIS - Evonne Goolagong is 61 years old today. One of the dominant players of the 1970s, Goolagong is a former world number one and a winner of seven career Grand Slam titles. She reached the final of the US Open on four occasions, but the career Grand Slam somehow eluded her. She retired in 1983, with 68 singles titles to her name.
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TENNIS - Roger Federer equalled an all-time Wimbledon record by winning his seventh men’s singles title. Federer joins William Renshaw and Pete Sampras, the latter being the only player to achieve the feat in the Open era (1968-present). Federer won his first singles title at Wimbledon since 2009.