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Peerless Federer and the wizard of Woz - The Australian Open in Opta numbers

  • ontennis
  • 29 January 2018
  • 10:01

The first slam of 2018 is over, with Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki tasting glory at the Australian Open.

The two champions enjoyed contrasting victories at Melbourne Park - one lifting a major title for the 20th time while the other revelled in a maiden grand-slam success.

Federer continues to defy Father Time and, at the age of 36, looks as good as ever while Wozniacki - a comparative spring chicken at 27 - can perhaps take inspiration from the Swiss, not to mention 2017 winner Serena Williams, who is also nearer 40 than 30.

As the dust settles on a thrilling - and often ferociously hot - fortnight in Melbourne, we've taken a look at some of the stand-out numbers - with the help of Opta.


20 - Federer is the first male tennis player to win 20 grand slam singles titles.
30 - He has reached 30 major finals, including seven at Melbourne. No man has made more, either overall or at the Australian Open, in the open era. 
6 - The Swiss has tied Novak Djokovic for most Australian Open titles in the open era.
14 - Federer has made at least one grand slam final in 14 of his last 16 seasons. He only failed to do so in 2013 and 2016.


1 - Wozniacki won her first grand slam, thanks to a three-set victory over Simona Halep.
6 - The 2018 Australian Open is the sixth consecutive women's singles slam with a different champion (Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams, Jelena Ostapenko, Garbine Muguruza, Sloane Stephens and Wozniacki). 
38 - This was the first Australian Open final in which both players competed for their maiden grand slam title since Hana Mandlikova defeated Wendy Turnbull in 1980.
- Wozniacki is now the number one ranked player, the last time she was atop the standings was January 2012.


1 - Hyeon Chung became the first South Korean player to reach a grand slam semi-final.
58 - Chung became the lowest-ranked man to make the Australian Open semi-finals since Marat Safin in 2004 (86th).
64 - Feliciano Lopez has played 64 grand slams in a row. He needs only one more to equal Federer's record (65, between Australian Open 2000 and Australian Open 2016).
20 - Tennys Sandgren is the first player since Nicolas Escude in 1998 to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on his main-draw debut.


3 - Simona Halep has lost each grand slam final that she has played in her career.
6 - Karolina Pliskova has reached at least the quarter-finals in six of her last seven appearances in grand slam tournaments (only failing to do so at Wimbledon in 2017).
3 - Maria Sharapova was eliminated in the third round, her worst performance at Melbourne Park since 2010 (first round). 
8 - Garbine Muguruza has lost eight of her 15 matches (W7, 46 per cent) since she moved to the top of the WTA rankings in September 2017.

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