(January 17, 2015) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for the 2015 Australian Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only. – by Jack Cunniff http://twitter.com/jrcunniff
2014 Record: 61-8
Grand Slam Record: 180-33
Australian Open Record: 43-6
Australian Open Best Result: Won (2008, ’11-’13)
Fast Fact: If Djokovic wins the title, he will be tied for 5th for Grand Slam titles won (8) with Agassi, Connors, and Lendl, and will have the most Australian Open titles (5) in the Open era.
2014 Record: 73-12
Grand Slam Record: 279-45
Australian Open Record: 73-11
Australian Open Best Result: Won (2004, ’06, ’07, ’10)
Fast Fact: Over the last five years, the Australian Open has been Federer’s most successful Grand Slam event, with 26 match wins (French – 22 wins, Wimbledon – 22 wins, US – 21 wins).
2014 Record: 48-11
Grand Slam Record: 187-25
Australian Open Record: 41-8
Australian Open Best Result: Won (2009)
Fast Fact: Over the last seven months, Nadal has lost as many matches (3) against players ranked outside the top 100 as he had over the prior seven years.
2014 Record: 39-17
Grand Slam Record: 82-38
Australian Open Record: 23-8
Australian Open Best Result: W (2014)
Fast Fact: In 2014, Wawrinka won 73% of his matches vs. Top Ten players (8-3); in prior years he won only 29% vs. Top Ten (27-67).
2014 Record: 54-14
Grand Slam Record: 37-21
Australian Open Record: 12-5
Australian Open Best Result: QF (2012)
Fast Fact: In 2014, Nishikori won $4.4M in prize money, more than he had earned in his entire career prior to 2014 ($3.6M in 2007-2013).
2014 Record: 59-20
Grand Slam Record: 134-33
Australian Open Record: 33-9
Australian Open Best Result: RU (2010, ’11, ’13)
Fast Fact: Murray has reached at least the QF in his last 15 Grand Slam events played, a streak dating back to 2010 US Open (lost 3R to Wawrinka).
2014 Record: 55-22
Grand Slam Record: 103-45
Australian Open Record: 29-11
Australian Open Best Result: SF (2014)
Fast Fact: Berdych has played 15 five set matches at Grand Slam events, but only one at the Australian Open (2009, lost 4R to Federer).
2014 Record: 49-20
Grand Slam Record: 35-16
Australian Open Record: 10-4
Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2011, ’13)
Fast Fact: Raonic has only one Top Ten win at a Grand Slam, defeating No. 10 Youzhny in the 3R of the 2011 Australian Open.
2014 Record: 54-24
Grand Slam Record: 121-48
Australian Open Record: 32-12
Australian Open Best Result: SF (2011, ’13)
Fast Fact: Ferrer’s win over Berdych in Doha last week was his first win vs. a Top Ten player since May, 2014 (def. Isner, Madrid 3R).
2014 Record: 50-18
Grand Slam Record: 20-17
Australian Open Record: 6-4
Australian Open Best Result: QF (2014)
Fast Fact: Dimitrov is the only player born after 1990 to have reached the Top Ten in the ATP rankings.
2014 Record: 41-21
Grand Slam Record: 27-29
Australian Open Record: 2-6
Australian Open Best Result: 2R (2009, ’14)
Fast Fact: Gulbis has lost in the first or second round in 22 of the last 24 Grand Slam events he has played.
2014 Record: 39-26
Grand Slam Record: 73-52
Australian Open Record: 17-12
Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2012)
Fast Fact: In his 17th year as a professional, Lopez had his most successful year in 2014, winning 39 matches.
2014 Record: 36-15
Grand Slam Record: 67-32
Australian Open Record: 16-9
Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2009)
Fast Fact: Monfils is the only seeded man at the 2014 Australian Open to win the Boys Singles title (2004).
2014 Record: 39-20
Grand Slam Record: 37-26
Australian Open Record: 7-6
Australian Open Best Result: 4R (2010)
Fast Fact: Of Isner’s 18 career final appearances, 15 have been in U.S. events.