Pat O'Hara Wood def. Ron Thomas, 6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3
A.R.F. Kingscote def. E.O. Pockley, 6-4, 6-0, 6-3
Francis Lowe def. Horace Rice, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4
Pat O'Hara Wood def. Gerald Patterson, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
Ernie Parker def. H.A. Parker, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
J. Cecil Parke def. A.E. Beamish, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5
Norman Brookes def. Horace Rice, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
Rodney Heath def. Horace Rice, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
Tony Wilding def. E.F. Parker, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2
Fred Alexander def. A.W. Dunlop, 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3
Horace Rice def. H.A. Parker, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Tony Wilding def. H.A. Parker, 6-0, 6-4, 6-4
Rodney Heath def. A.H. Curtis, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
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.