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2013 Australian Open Tennis Championships - Men Preview
From The Sports Network
 
Dates: Monday, January 14th through Sunday, January 27th
Site: Melbourne Park, Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
Courts and Capacities: Rod Laver Arena: 15,000; Hisense Arena: 10,000; Margaret Court Arena: 6,000
Other Court Capacities:Court 2 (3,000); Court 3 (3,000)
Surface: "True Blue" Plexicushion
Official Ball:Wilson
Television: ESPN and ESPN 2, Seven Network Australia
Annual: 101st
Defending Champion: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5
Doubles Champions: Leander Paes/Radek Stepanek def. B.Bryan/M.Bryan, 7-6, 6-2
Total Purse: $31,503,037 ($30,000,000 in Australian Dollars)
Shares: First Place - $2,551,746; 2nd - $1,275,960; Semifinalist - $525,086
 
Seeded Players
1. Novak Djokovic - A 17. Kei Nishikori
2. Roger Federer - W 18. Philipp Kohlschreiber
3. Andy Murray - U 19. Alexandr Dolgopolov
4. David Ferrer 20. Tommy Haas
5. Tomas Berdych 21. Sam Querrey
6. Juan Martin Del Potro 22. Andreas Seppi
7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 23. Fernando Verdasco
8. Janko Tipsarevic 24. Mikhail Youzhny
9. Richard Gasquet 25. Jerzy Janowicz
10. Nicolas Almagro 26. Florian Mayer
11. Juan Monaco 27. Jurgen Melzer
12. John Isner 28. Martin Klizan
13. Marin Cilic 29. Marcos Baghdatis
14. Milos Raonic 30. Thomaz Bellucci
15. Gilles Simon 31. Radek Stepanek
16 Stanislas Wawrinka 32. Marcel Granollers
 
A - Australian Open champion
F - French Open champion (Rafael Nadal has withdrawn)
W - Wimbledon champion
U - U.S. Open champion
 
Players To Watch
Finish Last Nine Years
 Player (Open Record)200420052006200720082009201020112012
Novak Djokovic (32-5) --- 1st 1st 4th Won QF QF Won Won
Andy Murray (23-7) --- --- 1st 4th 1st 4th Rup Rup SF
Roger Federer (63-9) Won SF Won Won SF Rup Won SF SF
David Ferrer (23-10) 2nd 1st 4th 4th QF 3rd 2nd SF QF
Tomas Berdych (20-9) 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 4th 4th 2nd QF QF
Kei Nishikori (6-3) --- --- --- --- --- 1st --- 3rd QF
Juan M. Del Potro (14-6) --- --- --- 2nd 2nd QF 4th 2nd QF
Nicolas Almagro (11-8) --- 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 4th 4th 4th
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (20-6) --- --- --- 1st Rup QF SF 3rd 4th
Richard Gasquet (13-9) 1st --- 1st 4th 4th 3rd 1st 3rd 4th
P. Kohlschreiber (15-8) --- 4th 2nd 2nd 4th 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th
Feliciano Lopez (14-10) 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 4th
Lleyton Hewitt (30-16) 4th Rup 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 4th 1st 4th
Stanislas Wawrinka (14-7) --- --- 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd QF 3rd
Alexandr Dolgopolov (6-2) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- QF 3rd
Milos Raonic (5-2) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 4th 3rd
John Isner (7-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 1st 4th 3rd 3rd
Gael Monfils (12-7) --- 2nd 1st 3rd --- 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd
Janko Tipsarevic (9-8) --- 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd
Kevin Anderson (2-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd
Julien Benneteau (5-8) --- 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd --- 3rd
Marcos Baghdatis (20-8) --- 4th Rup 2nd 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd
Viktor Troicki (5-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd
Thomaz Bellucci (3-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd
Gilles Simon (10-6) --- --- 3rd 1st 3rd QF --- 2nd 2nd
Marcel Granollers (3-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd
Sam Querrey (5-6) --- --- --- 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd
Tommy Haas (26-11) --- 2nd 4th SF --- 3rd 3rd --- 2nd
Fernando Verdasco (15-9) 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd SF 4th 4th 1st
Jurgen Melzer (11-10) 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 4th 1st
Mikhail Youzhny (18-12) 1st 2nd 1st 3rd QF 1st 3rd 3rd 1st
Juan Monaco (6-8) --- 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 1st
Radek Stepanek (11-10) 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 1st
Andreas Seppi (3-7) --- --- 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st
Nikolay Davydenko (21-11) 2nd QF QF QF 4th --- QF 1st 1st
Jarkko Nieminen (13-11) 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd QF 1st 2nd 1st 1st
Jeremy Chardy (1-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 1st 1st
Marin Cilic (14-5) --- --- --- 1st 4th 4th SF 4th ---
Florian Mayer (8-8) 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd ---
Jerzy Janowicz (0-0) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Martin Klizan (0-0) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
 
1st- First-Round Loser QF- Quarterfinalist
2nd- Second Round SF- Semifinalist
3rd- Third Round Rup- Runner-Up
4th- Fourth Round --- - Did Not Play
 
Past Men's Australian Open Winners and Results
YearResults
2012 Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5
2011 Novak Djokovic def. Andy Murray, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
2010 Roger Federer def. Andy Murray, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11)
2009 Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-2
2008 Novak Djokovic def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
2007 Roger Federer def. Fernando Gonzalez, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-4
2006 Roger Federer def. Marcos Baghdatis, 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2
2005 Marat Safin def. Lleyton Hewitt, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
2004 Roger Federer def. Marat Safin, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-2
2003 Andre Agassi def. Rainer Schuettler, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1
2002 Thomas Johansson def. Marat Safin, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2001 Andre Agassi def. Arnaud Clement, 6-4 6-2 6-2
2000 Andre Agassi def. Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
1999 Yevgeny Kafelnikov def. Thomas Enqvist, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
1998 Petr Korda def. Marcelo Rios, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
1997 Pete Sampras def. Carlos Moya, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
1996 Boris Becker def. Michael Chang, 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
1995 Andre Agassi def. Pete Sampras, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-4
1994 Pete Sampras def. Todd Martin, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4
1993 Jim Courier def. Stefan Edberg, 6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
1992 Jim Courier def. Stefan Edberg, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
1991 Boris Becker def. Ivan Lendl, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
1990 Ivan Lendl def. Stefan Edberg, 4-6, 7-6, 5-2 (ret)
1989 Ivan Lendl def. Miloslav Mecir, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
1988 Mats Wilander def. Pat Cash, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6
1987 Stefan Edberg def. Pat Cash, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3
1986 Not Held
1985 Stefan Edberg def. Mats Wilander, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
1984 Mats Wilander def. Kevin Curren, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2
1983 Mats Wilander def. Ivan Lendl, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
1982 Johan Kriek def. Steve Denton, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
1981 Johan Kriek def. Steve Denton, 6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4
1980 Brian Teacher def. Kim Warwick, 7-5, 7-6, 6-3
1979 Guillermo Vilas def. John Sadri, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2
1978 Guillermo Vilas def. John Marks, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
1977 Vitas Gerulaitis def. John Lloyd, 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2
1977 Roscoe Tanner def. Guillermo Vilas, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
1976 Mark Edmondson def. John Newcombe, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1
1975 John Newcombe def. Jimmy Connors, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6
1974 Jimmy Connors def. Phil Dent, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
1973 John Newcombe def. Onny Parun, 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1
1972 Ken Rosewall def. Mal Anderson, 7-6, 6-3, 7-5
1971 Ken Rosewall def. Arthur Ashe, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3
1970 Arthur Ashe def. Dick Crealy, 6-4, 9-7, 6-2
1969 Rod Laver def. Andres Gimeno, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
1968 Bill Bowrey def. Juan Gisbert, 7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4
1967 Roy Emerson def. Arthur Ashe, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1
1966 Roy Emerson def. Arthur Ashe, 6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3
1965 Roy Emerson def. Fred Stolle, 7-9, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1
1964 Roy Emerson def. Fred Stolle, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
1963 Roy Emerson def. Ken Fletcher, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
1962 Rod Laver def. Roy Emerson, 8-6, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
1961 Roy Emerson def. Rod Laver, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
1960 Rod Laver def. Neale Fraser, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6
1959 Alex Olmedo def. Neale Fraser, 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
1958 Ashley Cooper def. Mal Anderson, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
1957 Ashley Cooper def. Neale Fraser, 6-3, 9-11, 6-4, 6-2
1956 Lew Hoad def. Ken Rosewall, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
1955 Ken Rosewall def. Lew Hoad, 9-7, 6-4, 6-4
1954 Mervyn Rose def. Rex Hartwig, 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
1953 Ken Rosewall def. Mervyn Rose, 6-0, 6-3, 6-4
1952 Ken McGregor def. Frank Sedgman, 7-5, 12-10, 2-6, 6-2
1951 Richard Savitt def. Ken McGregor, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
1950 Frank Sedgman def. Ken McGregor, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
1949 Frank Sedgman def. Ken McGregor, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
1948 Adrian Quist def. John Bromwich, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
1947 Dinny Pails def. John Bromwich, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6
1946 John Bromwich def. Dinny Pails, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
1945 Not Held
1944 Not Held
1943 Not Held
1942 Not Held
1941 Not Held
1940 Adrian Quist def. Jack Crawford, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2
1939 John Bromwich def. Adrian Quist, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
1938 Don Budge def. John Bromwich, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
1937 Vivian McGrath def. John Bromwich, 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, 2-6, 6-1
1936 Adrian Quist def. Jack Crawford, 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 9-7
1935 Jack Crawford def. Fred Perry, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
1934 Fred Perry def. Jack Crawford, 6-3, 7-5, 6-1
1933 Jack Crawford def. Keith Gledhill, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2
1932 Jack Crawford def. Harry Hopman, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
1931 Jack Crawford def. Harry Hopman, 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
1930 Gar Moon def. Harry Hopman, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
1929 John Gregory def. R.E. Schlesinger, 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
1928 Jean Borotra def. R.O. Cummings, 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3
1927 Gerald Patterson def. John Hawkes, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16, 6-3
1926 John Hawkes def. Jim Willard, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
1925 James Anderson def. Gerald Patterson, 11-9, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
1924 James Anderson def. R.E. Schlesinger, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3
1923 Pat O'Hara Wood def. C.B. St. John, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
1922 Pat O'Hara Wood def. Gerald Patterson, 6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
1921 Rhys Gemmell def. A. Hedeman, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4
1920 Pat O'Hara Wood def. Ron Thomas, 6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3
1919 A.R.F. Kingscote def. E.O. Pockley, 6-4, 6-0, 6-3
1918 Not Held
1917 Not Held
1916 Not Held
1915 Francis Lowe def. Horace Rice, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4
1914 Pat O'Hara Wood def. Gerald Patterson, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
1913 Ernie Parker def. H.A. Parker, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
1912 J. Cecil Parke def. A.E. Beamish, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5
1911 Norman Brookes def. Horace Rice, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
1910 Rodney Heath def. Horace Rice, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
1909 Tony Wilding def. E.F. Parker, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2
1908 Fred Alexander def. A.W. Dunlop, 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3
1907 Horace Rice def. H.A. Parker, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
1906 Tony Wilding def. H.A. Parker, 6-0, 6-4, 6-4
1905 Rodney Heath def. A.H. Curtis, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
 
NOTES:
Forty five years is what stands in the way of Novak Djokovic as he tries for the three-peat in the land Down Under.

The great Australian, Roy Emerson, was the last player to win three straight Aussie Opens. Emerson captured five in a row beginning in 1963, winning his last two against the late Arthur Ashe. Emerson, along with Jack Crawford from the 1930s, are the only players to win more than two straight.

Last season, Djokovic had little trouble reaching the final four, losing just one set against local favorite Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round. During the semifinals, Djokovic was down two-sets-to-one against Andy Murray, but rebounded, winning the final two sets, 6-1, 7-5, to reach the final.

In an heroic championship match against Rafael Nadal, Djokovic outlasted the Spaniard in five sets to capture this championship for the second straight season. Djokovic won the match with scores of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5.

With the win, Djokovic became only the fifth man in the Open Era to win three straight major titles in the marathon final. Djokovic and Nadal battled for 5 hours, 53 minutes in a thriller that turned out to be the longest final in Grand Slam history. It also marks the super Serb's third Aussie crown in five years, as he also titled here in 2008.

Djokovic joined Laver, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Nadal as the only men to win three straight major titles since the start of the Open Era (1968). All three wins were against Nadal, who ended that streak at the 2012 French Open.

Back in 2011, Djokovic started an amazing run at the Australian Open, as he swept through seven matches, dropping just one set. Djokovic cruised to a straight-set win over Andy Murray, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, in the championship match.

After suffering a five-set defeat to Nadal in the 2009 championship match, Roger Federer rebounded to capture the 2010 event in straight sets over Andy Murray for his fourth career Australian Open title. With the win, Federer equaled the men's Open Era record for Aussie Open crowns (Andre Agassi).

The former world No. 1 Federer handled Murray in 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11) fashion on Day 14 at Melbourne Park for his 16th of 17 Grand Slam singles titles. The Swiss icon also titled here in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and is 17-8 in his career major finals.

Although he was stretched to four sets in his opening-round win against Igor Andreev (6-0 in the fourth), Federer was barely tested the next three rounds, as he defeated Victor Hanescu, Albert Montanes and Hewitt in straight sets. After dropping the opening set against sixth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the quarterfinals, Federer won the next three to close out the match. Federer then whipped 10th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straights before wiping out Murray in the final.

In 2009, it took an epic five-set match for Nadal to knock off Federer and capture his first Australian Open title. With the win, Nadal became the first Spaniard to win this coveted Grand Slam event.

The gutsy Nadal needed 4 hours, 23 minutes to hold off his great rival Federer, as the Mallorcan strongman crossed the finish line with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-2 decision at Rod Laver Arena. This marked Nadal's first-ever major title on a hardcourt and the first Aussie Open final to go five sets since Mats Wilander defeated Pat Cash in 1988, the first year at Melbourne Park.

After failing to reach the quarterfinals in his first four appearances in Melbourne, Federer has dominated this event the past nine years, winning four times and posting a 54-5 match record. Federer, who had controlled the tennis scene in recent years, has won just two of the last 12 Grand Slam events.

The 2008 Australian Open featured a new surface, as WM Loud, an Australian-owned company, is the supplier of the surface for the next five years. The cushioned acrylic surface, which is not a hard court, is what differentiates the Aussie Open from the other Grand Slam tournaments. The surface retains less heat during days of extreme temperature.

The venue name change from Flinders Park to Melbourne Park occurred in January of 1996. In 2000, Melbourne Park's main stadium was re-christened Rod Laver Arena in tribute to one of Australia's greatest champions. The Australian Open shifted from grass courts to Rebound Ace in 1988 when the tournament moved from Kooyong to its permanent home at Flinders Park (now Melbourne Park). The tournament was called the Australia Championships from 1927-68. The tournament has been held at six different sites: Melbourne (56), Sydney (17), Adelaide (14), Brisbane (7), Perth (3) and New Zealand (2). The draw will include 128 players (104 Direct, 16 Qualifiers and up to eight wildcards). Mark Edmondson is the only player in the history of the men's draw to win this tournament as a non-seed (1976).

Australians have won this event 50 times, followed by the United States (17), Sweden (6), Great Britain (5), Czech Republic and Switzerland (4), Serbia (3), New Zealand, Argentina, Germany, South Africa and Russia (2) and France and Spain (1). Hewitt became the youngest man ever to qualify for the Australian Open in 1997 at the age of 15.

Nadal has withdrawn from the Championship due to an illness and a slow recovery from a knee injury.

The winner of this championship receives the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, which is presented by the State Lawn Tennis Associations and the friends of Mr. Norman E. Brookes.