Written byAyush Gupta
The 108th edition of the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, is underway.
As the Slam promises to live up to its expectations, this edition would, once again, witness some interesting records.
However, how much do you know about the tournament?
Here, we take a look at some facts presented to us by Opta.
In case you don't know, Serbia's Novak Djokovic is the most successful men's singles player in the tournament, having won it on record seven occasions.
However, what is even more interesting is that every time he has reached the semis of the tournament, he has gone on to win the title.
As of now, the mantra is to stop him prior to the semis.
Among women, Serena Williams has won the most Australian Open titles in the Open Era (7).
However, since 2005, Williams, along with Victoria Azarenka, are the only two players to have won the tournament after entering it as the number one player.
While Williams won it twice (2010 and 2015), for the same, Azarenka achieved the feat in 2013.
Talking about the last 10 Australian Opens, there comes up another unique observation.
While Nadal has done so on four occasions, Murray has been on five.
Marin Cilic is the only other runner-up during this period, in 2018.
Since 2000, 12 women have won the AO singles title. However, Azarenka, Serena and Jennifer Capriati are the only woman to have won the tournament on successive occasions. Azarenka won it in 2012, 2013, Serena won it in 2009, 2010 and Capriati in 2001, 2002.
The last time an Australian won the men's single title was Mark Edmondson in 1976, as he beat fellow Australian, John Newcombe. Meanwhile, the last Australian to ever play the final was Lleyton Hewitt, who lost in 2005 to Russia's Marat Safin.
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