July 28, 2015

2013 Australian Open Men’s Contender Profiles

Novak Djokovic

Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for the 2013 Australian Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff


1. Novak Djokovic

2012 Record: 75-12

Grand Slam Record: 134-27

Australian Open Record: 32-5

Australian Open Best Result:  W (2008, 2011, 2012)

Fast Fact: Djokovic could reach his 15th consecutive Slam quarterfinal, and 11th consecutive Slam semifinal in Melbourne, placing him alone in 2nd place behind Federer in both categories.


2. Roger Federer

2012 Record: 71-12

Grand Slam Record: 247-37

Australian Open Record:  63-9

Australian Open Best Result:  W (2004, ’06, ’07, ‘10)

Fast Fact: The only players entered in the draw that Federer has lost to at the Australian Open are Djokovic and Haas.


3. Andy Murray

2012 Record:  56-16

Grand Slam Record: 100-27

Australian Open Record: 23-7

Australian Open Best Result:  RU (2010, 2011)

Fast Fact:  Murray achieved his 100th Grand Slam match win by defeating Djokovic in the U.S. Open Finals.


4. David Ferrer

2012 Record: 76-15

Grand Slam Record:  92-40

Australian Open Record:  23-10

Australian Open Best Result:  SF (2011)

Fast Fact:   Ferrer has reached the 4th Round in ten consecutive Grand Slam events.


5. Tomas Berdych

2012 Record:  61-23

Grand Slam Record:  77-37

Australian Open Record:  20-9

Australian Open Best Result:  QF (2011, 2012)

Fast Fact: Seven of Berdych’s nine losses at the Australian Open have come against players ranked among the Top Six.


6. Juan Martin Del Potro

2012 Record:  65-17

Grand Slam Record:  54-22

Australian Open Record:  14-6

Australian Open Best Result:  QF (2009, 2012)

Fast Fact:  In the last 12 months Del Potro has lost only twice to players outside of the Top Ten (Stepanek, Llodra).

7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

2012 Record:  55-25

Grand Slam Record:  62-21

Australian Open Record: 20-6

Australian Open Best Result:  RU (2008)

Fast Fact:  Tsonga is on a 12 match losing streak against Top Ten opponents.


8. Janko Tipsarevic

2012 Record:  57-28

Grand Slam Record:  41-35

Australian Open Record:  9-8

Australian Open Best Result:  3R (2008, 2012)

Fast Fact:  Tipsarevic has lost only eight five-set matches in his career, but five of them have been at the Australian Open.


9. Richard Gasquet

2012 Record:  42-22

Grand Slam Record:  54-32

Australian Open Record:  13-9

Australian Open Best Result:  4R (2007, 2008, 2012)

Fast Fact:  In the last 20 months, Gasquet has played 98 matches, but only once against a fellow Frenchman (def. Simon, 2012 Bangkok).


10. Nicolas Almagro

2012 Record:  59-24

Grand Slam Record:  47-33

Australian Open Record:  11-8

Australian Open Best Result:  4R (2010, 2011, 2012)

Fast Fact:  Almagro’s 59 match wins in 2012 far exceeded his previous best (47 wins in 2011), and were the sixth most for the season, trailing Ferrer, Djokovic, Federer, Del Potro, and Berdych.


11. Juan Monaco

2012 Record:  39-19

Grand Slam Record: 24-31

Australian Open Record:  6-8

Australian Open Best Result:  3R (2008, 2010)

Fast Fact:  Monaco has never defeated a Top Fifty opponent at the Australian Open (0-6).


12. Marin Cilic

2012 Record:  39-19

Grand Slam Record:  44-22

Australian Open Record:  14-5

Australian Open Best Result:  SF (2010)

Fast Fact:  Of the players entered in 2013, Cilic has the fifth best match winning percentage at the Australian Open, trailing Federer, Djokovic, Tsonga, and Murray.




13. Milos Raonic

2012 Record:  45-20

Grand Slam Record:  12-8

Australian Open Record:  5-2

Australian Open Best Result:  4R (2011)

Fast Fact:  Since upsetting Andy Murray in Tokyo, Raonic has a 2-5 record in ATP matches, and was 0-3 at the Kooyong exhibition.


18. Alexandr Dolgopolov

2012 Record:  34-25

Grand Slam Record:  17-11

Australian Open Record:  6-2

Australian Open Best Result:  QF (2011)

Fast Fact:  Dolgopolov has only three wins over Top Ten opponents, although one of those wins came at the Australian Open (def. Soderling, 2011 4R).


19. Tommy Haas

2012 Record:  31-16

Grand Slam Record:  95-49

Australian Open Record:  26-11

Australian Open Best Result:  SF (1999, 2002, 2007)

Fast Fact:  This is Haas’ 51st appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam event, tied for 16th place in the open era, and trailing only Federer and Hewitt among active players.


20. Sam Querrey

2012 Record:  37-26

Grand Slam Record: 23-23

Australian Open Record:  5-6

Australian Open Best Result:  3R (2007, 2008)

Fast Fact:  Thirty of Querrey’s 37 match wins in 2012 came in the second half of the year, after the French Open.