Every Grand Slam event has its own unique history and we have reviewed the most successful players in the Australian Open men’s singles tournament.
Grand Slam tournaments are the most coveted by the stars of tennis and the Australian Open offers players their first opportunity to land one of the sport’s great prizes each year.
Played at Melbourne Park on hard courts since 1988, the most successful men’s singles players of the Open Era, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Pete Sampras, have all lifted the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup.
Djokovic goes into the 2020 event, which begins on January 20, as the defending champion after his convincing victory over Nadal in the 2019 final.
The Serbian’s triumph brought an end to two consecutive years of Federer coming out on top at the tournament.
Using records from the Open Era at the Australian Open, we have reviewed the most successful men’s singles players in the event’s history.
Australian Open men’s singles
There are nine different men’s singles players who have won the Australian Open twice, meaning there is a huge tie for fifth place in the Open Era standings.
Sampras is one of the former greats who has two wins to his name, in 1994 and 1997, as is his fellow American Jim Courier.
The other seven are Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Guillermo Vilas, John Newcombe, Johan Kriek and finally Australian Ken Rosewall, who also won the event twice in the amateur era.
In outright fourth place is the Swede Mats Wilander, an Australian Open champion in 1983, 1984 and 1988.
Three-time champion Wilander was also a beaten finalist in 1985 when he came up against compatriot Edberg.
He, Lendl and Djokovic are the only players in Australian Open history to have made three consecutive men’s singles finals (h/t the tournament’s official website).
That brings us to the three most successful players in the history of the Australian Open men’s singles.
Last Updated: Before the 2020 Australian Open