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 - 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 - Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will determine who will win the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals on Monday. Federer, who has reached the final of this tournament for the eighth time in his career, is already the competition record holder on six trophies. There is only one tournament that he has won more often.
TENNIS - Novak Djokovic will face Andy Murray in the final of the ATP Masters in Shanghai on Sunday. This will be the sixth Master series final appearance for the Serbian tennis player in 2012, equalling the record set by Roger Federer in 2006 and equalled by Djokovic himself last year.
TENNIS - Friday’s semifinal between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will be their 11th meeting in Grand Slam men’s singles matches, making it the most common GS encounter in Open era history. Below we have made an overview of the most common fixtures in Grand Slam men’s singles history.
TENNIS - Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic set up a meeting against each other in the semifinals of the Wimbledon men’s singles championship. If the Serbian wins, he will retain his number one perch in the ATP world ranking. If Federer wins and wins the final, he will reclaim the top spot in the rankings and equal a Pete Sampras record that has stood since 2000.
TENNIS - If Roger Federer reaches the final at Wimbledon his projected points total for the post-Wimbledon ATP rankings will be 10,275. Since the current leader (Novak Djokovic) already has 10,370 projected points, Federer must somehow overtake that total. A Federer overall victory will give him 11,075 points. In that scenario, the draw dictates that Djokovic cannot accumulate more than 11,000 points, since his best possible result would be reaching the semifinals.
TENNIS - By defeating Roger Federer in last Friday’s semifinal, Novak Djokovic earned himself his first final spot at Roland Garros. That makes the Serb only the ninth man since the beginning of the Open Era to appear in all four Major finals (Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open) at least once.
TENNIS - Novak Djokovic has won 26 Grand Slam men’s singles matches in a row going into today’s semifinal encounter with Roger Federer. The Swiss star is the holder of the longest winning streak at Grand Slams in the Open era. He has won 27successive Grand Slam matches on two separate occasions.
TENNIS - Rafael Nadal claimed his 47th career men’s singles tournament win and his first in 2012, defeating Novak Djokovic in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters. The Serbian had beaten the Spaniard in their seven previous encounters and in 10 of their last 12. Nadal improved his career record against Djokovic to 17-14.
TENNIS – The ATP’s clay season traditionally begins in April. We have looked into top four players in the men’s singles game and have charted their success on the slowest surface.