Australian Open champions: Djokovic, Federer and players with most titles

Novak Djokovic (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic wins the Australian Open
Novak Djokovic (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images) /

1: Novak Djokovic – 8 titles

Rafael Nadal has dominated the French Open, Roger Federer has made Wimbledon his own, but Novak Djokovic also has a favorite major event with the Australian Open.

Eight titles in the space of 13 tournaments between 2008 and 2020 give Djokovic the outright men’s singles record at the first Grand Slam of the year, both in the Open Era and all time.

He has ruthlessly won all eight of the finals he has appeared in and only on two of those occasions, against Nadal in 2012 and Dominic Thiem in 2020, was he taken the full five-set distance.

That Nadal clash was a battle lasting almost six hours that was rated one of tennis’ best matches of the decade.

Djokovic has piled misery on Andy Murray at this tournament, defeating the Briton in four of his final victories.

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After beating Federer with a straight sets semifinal triumph, he won his first title in 2008 against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a victory which also opened his overall Grand Slam account, which now stands at 16.

Aside from Murray (x4), Thiem and Tsonga (x1), his other two victories have come against Nadal, with the most recent coming in 2019.

Djokovic won five out of the six Melbourne events held between 2011 and 2016, his only defeat in that incredible spell coming in the 2014 quarterfinals against eventual champion Stan Wawrinka.

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He may one day reach the overall record for Grand Slam titles. If he does, Novak Djokovic will know it is the Australian Open which has played the biggest part in getting him there.