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Australian Open Tournament Schedule

Australian Open 2021

Date – Time Event Name Location
8 Feb 2021 00:00 Men’s & women’s R1 matches (day) Melbourne Park
8 Feb 2021 08:00 Men’s & women’s R1 matches (night) Melbourne Park
9 Feb 2021 00:00 Men’s & women’s R1 matches (day) Melbourne Park
9 Feb 2021 08:00 Men’s & women’s R1 matches (night) Melbourne Park
10 Feb 2021 00:00 Men’s & women’s R2 matches (day) Melbourne Park
10 Feb 2021 08:00 Men’s & women’s R2 matches (night) Melbourne Park
11 Feb 2021 00:00 Men’s & women’s R2 matches (day) Melbourne Park
11 Feb 2021 08:00 Men’s & women’s R2 matches (night) Melbourne Park
12 Feb 2021 00:00 Men’s & women’s R3 matches (day) Melbourne Park
12 Feb 2021 08:00 Men’s & women’s R3 matches (night) Melbourne Park
13 Feb 2021 00:00 Men’s & women’s R3 matches (day) Melbourne Park
13 Feb 2021 08:00 Men’s & women’s R3 matches (night) Melbourne Park
14 Feb 2021 00:00 Men’s & women’s R16 matches (day) Melbourne Park
14 Feb 2021 08:00 Men’s & women’s R16 matches (night) Melbourne Park
15 Feb 2021 00:00 Men’s & women’s R16 matches (day) Melbourne Park
15 Feb 2021 08:00 Men’s & women’s R16 matches (night) Melbourne Park
16 Feb 2021 00:00 Men’s & women’s Quarter-Finals (day) Melbourne Park
16 Feb 2021 08:00 Men’s & women’s Quarter-Finals (night) Melbourne Park
17 Feb 2021 00:00 Men’s & women’s Quarter-Finals (day) Melbourne Park
17 Feb 2021 08:30 Men’s & women’s Quarter-Finals (night) Melbourne Park
18 Feb 2021 02:00 Women’s Semi-Finals (day) Melbourne Park
18 Feb 2021 08:30 Men’s Semi-Final (night) Melbourne Park
19 Feb 2021 08:30 Men’s Semi-Final (night) Melbourne Park
20 Feb 2021 08:30 Women’s final (night) Melbourne Park
21 Feb 2021 08:30 Men’s final (night) Melbourne Park

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When is the 2021 Australian Open?

The 2021 Australian Open begins live from Melbourne on Monday February 8 through to Sunday February 21, with the very best in men’s and women’s tennis battling it out at Melbourne Park for one of the sport’s biggest prizes.

With a full off-season under their belt, players arrive in Melbourne fresh and determined to put everything they have into the first Grand Slam of a long and energy-sapping season. Eight-time champion Novak Djokovic, the most successful men’s singles player in Australian Open history, will return to defend his title alongside Sofia Kenin, the young American who shot to stardom when she claimed her maiden major title in Melbourne in 2020.

Australian Open Seeds

The official seedings for the 2021 Australian Open will be based upon the official ATP and WTA Tour rankings of Monday 11 January, and will be announced during the week prior to the beginning of main-draw play on Monday 18 January.

Novak Djokovic has won more Australian Open men’s singles titles than anybody else – and returns in 2021 looking to add to his haul (© Jason Heidrich/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Australian Open Players 2021

The ‘Australian championships’, the ‘Happy Slam’, the ‘Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific’ – the Australian Open wears many hats, but one thing is absolutely to be relied upon: A full cast of the best players in the world, and 2021 will be no exception.

Here are some of the top players who will be appearing at the 2021 Australian Open when it begins on Monday February 8.

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic will return to the Australian Open in 2021 not just as the defending champion, but as the all-time title leader, having broken a three-way tie with Roger Federer and Roy Emerson when he delivered a brilliant beatdown of Rafael Nadal in the 2019 final and then extended his dominance by winning an eighth title in 2020, beating Dominic Thiem in a gripping final.

Djokovic remains unbeaten in Australian Open semifinals and finals, having won each of the record eight finals he has reached in Melbourne, and his victory increased his overall Grand Slam title haul to 17 – closing in on the benchmarks set by Nadal (19) and Federer (20). Will the Serb’s Melbourne supremacy continue in 2021?

The Australian Open would prove to be Djokovic’s only Grand Slam victory in 2020, with Wimbledon cancelled and his US Open campaign ending in a shock default. Djokovic bounced back to reach the French Open final, but was beaten in straight sets by Nadal, the Spaniard determined to avenge Djokovic’s straight-sets defeat of him in the 2019 Australian Open final. Could we see them clash again in Melbourne in 2021, and would Djokovic get some revenge?

Sofia Kenin

Surprise 2020 women’s champion Sofia ‘Sonya’ Kenin will return to defend her title at the 2021 Australian Open, after having cemented her reputation as one of the fastest-rising young stars in women’s tennis with a brilliant run in Melbourne.

Kenin was named the WTA’s Most Improved Player of the Year in 2019 after winning a trio of International-level titles, making back-to-back Premier-5 semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati in August and claiming a signature win over Serena Williams at the French Open on her way to the fourth round. At the 2020 Australian Open, Kenin defeated Coco Gauff, Arab trailblazer Ons Jabeur and world no. 1 and home favourite Ashleigh Barty to reach her maiden Grand Slam final. She became the youngest Australian Open champion since Maria Sharapova in 2008 and guaranteed herself a place in the top 10 after coming back from a set down to beat two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Kenin proved that her Australian Open title was no fluke when she went on to win Lyon and reach the final of the French Open, and the feisty American will not resign her title without a fight when she returns to Melbourne in 2021.

Rafael Nadal

While Nadal’s solitary Australian Open title came more than a decade ago in 2009, the Spaniard has been at the heart of some of the most gripping, brutal competition in Melbourne over the past ten years and there is every indication that he will continue to be so in 2021.

Since winning the Australian Open in 2009, Nadal has made the final in Melbourne four times, most recently in 2019 when he was dismantled by Djokovic in straight sets in the final.

In 2020, Nadal raced through the first three rounds without dropping a set but fell to fifth seed Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals as Thiem put on a brilliant display of shotmaking, coming back from breaks down in the first and second sets to win 7-6(3), 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(6).

Nadal equalled Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles when he won the French Open for an amazing thirteenth time, defeating Djokovic in straight sets in the final in an extraordinary display of clay-court dominance. Will he be able to exceed Federer’s total and move to 21 when he returns to Melbourne in 2021?

Ashleigh Barty

The Barty Party returns to Melbourne in 2021, with Barty Australia’s best chance for their first homegrown singles champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978.

Australia’s own ‘Ash’ made her first Australian Open quarterfinal in 2019 after impressing with a win over Maria Sharapova, and went on to rise to the very top of the tennis world, claiming her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open, rising to world no. 1 and ending the year by winning the WTA Finals Shenzhen.

Barty lost her first set of the tournament in 2020 as she adjusted to conditions different from those prevailing in Adelaide, where she had warmed up for the first Grand Slam of the year by winning the Adelaide International, but came back to win and went on to collect victories over Alison Riske and Petra Kvitova to become the first Australian woman to reach the final four in Melbourne since Wendy Turnbull in 1984, 36 years ago.

Defeated by 14th seed Sofia Kenin, who went on to win the title, Barty’s quest to win her home Grand Slam resumes in 2021 when the world no. 1 returns to action after having missed most of 2020 due to the global health crisis.

Roger Federer

Tennis fans around the world rejoiced as six-time champion Federer committed to returning to the Australian Open in 2021.

After winning back-to-back titles in 2017-18 to bring his overall haul of Australian Open titles to six, Federer’s winning streak in Melbourne was snapped by Stefanos Tsitsipas, a man 17 years his junior, in the round of 16 in 2019.

The Swiss star bettered that result in 2020 when he reached the semifinals – but only after two of the most dramatic matches the Australian Open has witnessed in recent years: A four-hour, seven-minute victory over Australian journeyman John Millman in which Federer came back from 4-8 down in the decisive fifth-set tie-break; and a five-set win over unseeded quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren which saw Federer save seven match points in what he called a ‘miracle’ victory.

Federer was defeated 6-7(1), 4-6, 3-6 in the semifinals by Djokovic, and did not play again in 2020, undergoing two knee surgeries. Despite having now turned 39, Federer is determined to return to the Australian Open in 2021 – and given the spectacular style in which he returned from his last lengthy absence, who would dare to count out the maestro in Melbourne?

Simona Halep will be among the key contender titles for the women’s title at the 2021 Australian Open (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Simona Halep

Halep will continue her quest for a first Australian Open title in 2021 after falling at the semifinal stage in 2020.

Champion at the French Open in 2018 and Wimbledon in 2019, Halep made a memorable run to the Australian Open final in 2018, beating Angelique Kerber in a semifinal thriller before falling just short to Caroline Wozniacki in a gruelling final which saw the Romanian hospitalized due to dehydration.

With Australia’s own Darren Cahill back by her side as coach, Halep reached the semifinals of the Australian Open for the second time in 2020 without dropping a set, but her run was halted by Garbine Muguruza – like Halep, a French Open and Wimbledon champion – in the semifinals as Muguruza shook off a recent slump in superb fashion.

Halep ultimately compiled a 23-3 record in 2020, putting together a 17-match winning streak as she collected a trio of titles in Dubai, Prague and Rome. A surprise loss to eventual champion Iga Swiatek in the fourth round of the French Open ended her season but after a bout of COVID-19, Halep should be back and stronger than ever to begin 2021.

Alexander Zverev

After defying his reputation as a Grand Slam under-performer with a semifinal run at the Australian Open in 2020, could Germany’s Zverev claim his maiden major title at the 2021 edition of the tournament?

Zverev won the Nitto ATP Finals in 2018 and has claimed three Masters 1000 Series titles, but had struggled to make headway at Grand Slams, with just two quarterfinals to his name – both at the French Open – coming into this year’s Australian Open. After a difficult season in 2019, as he struggled on and off court while still managing to preserve his top-10 status, Zverev made a poor start to 2020 when he went 0-3 at the ATP Cup Finals, at one point serving 14 double faults in a single match.

Expectations were low for the German in Melbourne. But Zverev suddenly found his game, and most significantly his serve, delivering a series of ruthless performances to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time and beating former champion Stan Wawrinka on the way. His run was ended by Dominic Thiem in the semifinals, when the Austrian came back from a set down to win 6-3, 4-6, 6-7(3), 6-7(4).

Zverev went on to make his first Grand Slam final at the US Open and even served for the title before going on to lose to Thiem. The 23-year-old German also won back-to-back ATP 250 titles in Cologne and made the Paris Masters final, continuing to show that he’s among the key contenders for the Australian Open title in 2021.

Garbine Muguruza

Resurgence was the name of the game for two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza at the 2020 Australian Open – will we see the Spaniard return to Melbourne as a top seed in 2021?

Muguruza won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017, defeating Serena and Venus Williams in respective finals, and was ranked as high as world no. 1 in 2017. But a difficult 2018 season was followed by a worse 2019 in which Muguruza failed to make the quarterfinals of any major for the first year since 2013.

Unseeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2014 French Open, Muguruza showed the benefits of having split with coach Samuel Sumyk and teamed up instead with compatriot Conchita Martinez. Despite being ill at the beginning of the tournament, Muguruza battled to three-set wins over Shelby Rogers and Ajla Tomljanovic before stunning fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-2 in the third round.

Muguruza backed up her win over Svitolina by ousting ninth seed Kiki Bertens and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to make the final four in Melbourne for the first time. Facing Simona Halep, Muguruza saved set points in the first set and came back from a break down in the second to beat the fourth seed 7-6(8), 7-5 in the semifinals and reach her first Australian Open final. But she was unable to defeat Sofia Kenin despite leading 6-4, the American coming back to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Muguruza also made the Internazionali BNL d’Italia semifinals in Rome in 2020 and expectations will be high for the powerful Spaniard at the 2021 Australian Open.

Dominic Thiem

Austria’s Thiem has been a consistent performer at the French Open in recent years, making the semifinals in 2016-17 and finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2018-19, but had never made the quarterfinals at the Australian Open before a memorable run to the final in 2020.

However, Thiem made huge strides on hard courts in 2019 as he won his maiden Masters 1000 Series title at Indian Wells, defeating Federer in the final; claimed 500-level titles in Beijing and Vienna; and finished the year by reaching the final of the Nitto ATP Finals.

After being forced to retire in the second round in 2019, Thiem had some struggles in the early rounds, but hit his stride to beat Gael Monfils in the last 16 and producing a stellar performance to defeat Nadal in four sets in the quarterfinals, going on to beat Zverev in the semifinals and make his first Australian Open final.

Taking on Djokovic, Thiem dropped the first set but surged back to take a two-sets-to-one lead with some brilliant power tennis, and even had break points in the fourth set. Ultimately he was unable to close out the win, however, and Djokovic won the fourth and fifth sets to relegate the Austrian to runner-up status.

It’s certain that Thiem will be burning to go one better in Melbourne in 2021 – and now he knows he can do it, having broken through to join the ranks of Grand Slam champions when he claimed the US Open title in 2020.

Champions at the 2020 Australian Open

Here is a full list of the players who won titles at the 2020 Australian Open.

Men’s singles champion
Novak Djokovic

Women’s singles champion
Sofia Kenin

Men’s doubles champions
Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury

Women’s doubles champions
Timea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic

Mixed doubles champions
Barbora Krejcikova/Nikola Mektic

Boys’ singles champion
Harold Mayot

Girls’ singles champion
Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva

Boys’ doubles champions
Nicholas David Ionel/Leandro Riedi

Girls’ doubles champions
Alexandra Eala/Priska Madelyn Nugroho

Wheelchair men’s singles champion
Shingo Kunieda

Wheelchair women’s singles champion
Yui Kamiji

Wheelchair quad singles champion
Dylan Alcott

Wheelchair men’s doubles champions
Alfie Hewett/Gordon Reid

Wheelchair women’s singles champions
Yui Kamiji/Jordanne Whiley

Wheelchair quad doubles
Dylan Alcott/Heath Davidson

About the Australian Open

Known as the ‘Happy Slam’, the Australian Open has a history stretching back to 1905. It was then known as the Australasian Championships and then the Australian Championships, before becoming the Australian Open in 1969. The tournament has been staged in five Australian and two New Zealand cities before finding its current home in Melbourne in 1972, when it was played at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club before moving to Melbourne Park in 1988. This was when the event switched from grass to its current surface of hard courts.

Melbourne Park’s main stadium is the Rod Laver Arena, seating nearly 15,000 people and equipped with a retractable roof. The Margaret Court and Hisense Arenas round out the major stages at the tournament.

Almost every legend of tennis, past and present, has lifted either the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup or the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy at the Australian Open. Until recently, Roy Emerson held the record for most men’s titles, winning his first of six titles in 1961 before dominating the tournament with five consecutive titles between 1963 and 1967, but he was joined in 2016 by Novak Djokovic when he claimed his sixth title (2008, 2011-13, 2015-16). Djokovic already held the record for most consecutive titles won in the Open Era. Roger Federer tied Emerson and Djokovic for six Australian Open titles in 2018, backing up his stunning comeback triumph of 2017 when he beat great rival Rafael Nadal in the final with a five-set victory over Marin Cilic in the final of 2018.

In 2019, Djokovic became the all-time record holder for Australian Open titles when he won his seventh, beating Nadal in straight sets in the final. The Serb extended his supremacy in Melbourne in 2020, defeating Federer in the semifinals and Dominic Thiem in the final to claim an eighth title. Djokovic is unbeaten in Australian Open semifinals and finals.

On the women’s side, Margaret Court won the Australian Open an incredible 11 times, including four times in the Open Era, finishing in 1973. 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, with her six Australian Open titles (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015), holds the record for most women’s titles in the Open Era, while Margaret Court (1969, 1970, 1971), Evonne Goolagong Crawley (1974, 1975, 1976), Steffi Graf (1988, 1989, 1990), Monica Seles (1991, 1992, 1993) and Martina Hingis (1997, 1998, 1999) are tied for the most consecutive Open Era titles.

The last Australian to win the men’s title was Mark Edmonson in 1967, while Chris O’Neil in 1978 holds the honour for the women.

The Australian Open is broadcast live around the world. From 1973 to 2018, the Seven Network served as the host broadcaster before the Nine Network acquired the rights in 2019. The tournament is currently broadcast on 13 different networks around the world. Australian Open matches are also available to watch and bet on live via bookmakers bet365.

Australian Open History

With a history that stretches all the way back to 1905 (when it was first played at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground in Melbourne), the Australian Open has gradually grown in prestige to become the global juggernaut it is today – one of the four biggest prizes in tennis.

First branded as the Australasian Championships, and then later the Australian Championships in 1927 and finally the Australian Open in 1969, the tournament was not recognised as a major tennis event until 1924. The Australian Open’s rich history has seen it contested across two countries and seven cities, including Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Christchurch and Hastings.

Due to its geographic isolation from the rest of the world, the Australian Open suffered in terms of attracting the superstars of tennis in its initial years. Many of the game’s greats such as Pancho Gonzales and Manuel Santana never played any form of the Australian Open, while more modern-day legends like Bjorn Borg and Ilie Nastase only competed once. Inconvenient scheduling around the Christmas and New Year period was also a factor in players opting to remain in Europe and America during the early stages of the Australian Open.

It wasn’t until well after the establishment of the ‘Open Era’ in 1968 – the date where Grand Slam tournaments agreed to allow professional players to complete alongside amateurs – that the Australian Open really began to take off as a worldwide juggernaut. The Australian Open moved to the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in 1972 and was played on grass until it was moved to Flinders Park (later renamed as Melbourne Park) in 1988. The ever-growing Melbourne Park precinct remains the location for the Australian Open today.

The Australian Open was played on green Rebound Ace courts until 2008, when tournament organisers opted to switch to blue Plexicushion, which is the surface still in play to this day. It was also the first Grand Slam tournament to feature indoor play due to wet weather or extreme heat, with the Australian Open leading the way with its three primary courts – Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena – all equipped with retractable roofs.

Why is the Australian Open called the ‘Happy Slam’?

For the better part of the last decade now, the Australian Open has been consistently referred to by players and fans alike as the ‘Happy Slam’. Why is this the case? There’s a combination of factors, including the feel-good vibe and nature of Melbourne in January, the top-notch and state-of-the-art facilities of Melbourne Park – the home of the Australian Open – and its easy-to-access location, with Melbourne Park located just a short walk from the central business district, allowing players and spectators smooth transport from the heart of the city to the tennis centre.

Roger Federer actually coined the term ‘Happy Slam’ during a pre-match interview a few years ago. This is because the general feeling amongst the majority of players is that the Australian Open is their favourite Grand Slam, with tournament officials genuinely listening to players concerns and wishes and acting accordingly to execute them, whether it be an increase in prize money or demands to build more stadiums with a roof, which allows players to compete when it’s raining or in scorching temperatures.

Also, being the first Grand Slam of the season also means that players are arriving in Melbourne fresh and relaxed after a much-deserved off-season, while it’s also the first time all the leading men and women are in the same place at once for the season – which in turn contributes to more feel-good vibes and a overall relaxed atmosphere.

Australian Open Statistics

Australian Open winners

Here is a complete list of all the men’s and women’s singles champions during the Open Era.

Former Australian Open champions (Open Era)

Year Men’s Champion Men’s Runner-up Women’s Champion Women’s Runner-up
1968 Ken Rosewall Rod Laver Nancy Richey Ann Haydon Jones
1969 Rod Laver (2) Ken Rosewall Margaret Court (3) Ann Haydon Jones
1970 Jan Kodes Zeljko Franulovic Margaret Court (4) Helga Niessen
1971 Jan Kodes (2) Ilie Nastase Evonne Goolagong Helen Gourlay
1972 Andres Gimeno Patrick Proisy Billie Jean King Evonne Goolagong
1973 Ilie Nastase Nikola Pilic Margaret Court (5) Chris Evert
1974 Bjorn Borg Manuel Orantes Chris Evert Olga Mozorova
1975 Bjorn Borg (2) Guillermo Vilas Chris Evert (2) Martina Navratilova
1976 Adriano Pannatta Harold Solomon Sue Barker Renata Tomanova
1977 Guillermo Vilas Brian Gottfried Mima Jausovec Florenta Mihai
1978 Bjorn Borg (3) Guillermo Vilas Virginia Ruzici Mima Jausovec
1979 Bjorn Borg (4) Victor Pecci Chris Evert (3) Wendy Turnbull
1980 Bjorn Borg (5) Vitus Gerulaitis Chris Evert (4) Virginia Ruzici
1981 Bjorn Borg (6) Ivan Lendl Hana Mandlikova Sylvia Hanika
1982 Johan Kriek (2) Steve Denton Chris Evert Martina Navratilova
1983 Mats Wilander Ivan Lendl Martina Navratilova (2) Kathy Jordan
1984 Mats Wilander (2) Kevin Curren Chris Evert (2) Helena Sukova
1985 Stefan Edberg Mats Wilander Martina Navratilova (3) Chris Evert
1986 Not held Not held Not held Not held
1987 Stefan Edberg (2) Pat Cash Hana Mandlikova (2) Martina Navratilova
1988 Mats Wilander (3) Pat Cash Steffi Graf Chris Evert
1989 Ivan Lendl Miloslav Mecir Steffi Graf (2) Helena Sukova
1990 Ivan Lendl (2) Stefan Edberg Steffi Graf (3) Mary Joe Fernandez
1991 Boris Becker Ivan Lendl Monica Seles Jana Novotna
1992 Jim Courier Stefan Edberg Monica Seles (2) Mary Joe Fernandez
1993 Jim Courier (2) Stefan Edberg Monica Seles (3) Steffi Graf
1994 Pete Sampras Todd Martin Steffi Graf (4) Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1995 Andre Agassi Pete Sampras Mary Pierce Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1996 Boris Becker (2) Michael Chang Monica Seles Anke Huber
1997 Pete Sampras (2) Carlos Moya Martina Hingis Mary Pierce
1998 Petr Korda Marcelo Rios Martina Hingis (2) Conchita Martinez
1999 Yevgeny Kafelnikov Thomas Enqvist Martina Hingis (3) Amelie Mauresmo
2000 Andre Agassi (2) Vevgeny Kafelnikov Lindsay Davenport Martina Hingis
2001 Andre Agassi (3) Arnaud Clement Jennifer Capriati Martina Hingis
2002 Thomas Johansson Marat Safin Jennifer Capriati (2) Martina Hingis
2003 Andre Agassi (4) Rainer Schuettler Serena Williams Venus Williams
2004 Roger Federer Marat Safin Justine Henin Kim Clijsters
2005 Marat Safin Lleyton Hewitt Serena Williams (2) Lindsay Davenport
2006 Roger Federer (2) Marcos Baghdatis Amelie Mauresmo Justine Henin
2007 Roger Federer (3) Fernando Gonzalez Serena Williams (3) Maria Sharapova
2008 Novak Djokovic Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Maria Sharapova Ana Ivanovic
2009 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Serena Williams (4) Dinara Safina
2010 Roger Federer (4) Andy Murray Serena Williams (5) Justine Henin
2011 Novak Djokovic (2) Andy Murray Kim Clijsters Li Na
2012 Novak Djokovic (3) Rafael Nadal Victoria Azarenka Maria Sharapova
2013 Novak Djokovic (4) Andy Murray Victoria Azarenka (2) Li Na
2014 Stan Wawrinka Rafael Nadal Dominika Cibulkova Simona Halep
2015 Novak Djokovic (5) Andy Murray Serena Williams (6) Maria Sharapova
2016 Novak Djokovic (6) Andy Murray Angelique Kerber Serena Williams
2017 Roger Federer (5) Rafael Nadal Serena Williams (7) Venus Williams
2018 Roger Federer (6) Marin Cilic Caroline Wozniacki Simona Halep
2019 Novak Djokovic (7) Rafael Nadal Naomi Osaka Petra Kvitova
2020 Novak Djokovic (8) Dominic Thiem Sofia Kenin Garbine Muguruza

Greatest Australian Open champions

Almost all of the biggest names in the history of tennis have won the Australian Open title.

Until recently, there was a three-way tie at the top of the men’s honour roll with Roy Emerson, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic each having won six titles. But Djokovic’s 2019 triumph saw him take the overall lead with an all-time record of seven Australian Open titles, followed by Emerson and Federer on six – a lead that Djokovic extended in 2020 when he won an eighth Australian Open title.

Federer has won a record 100 singles matches at the Australian Open.

Other multiple-time winners of the tournament include Jack Crawford, Ken Rosewall, Andre Agassi, Rod Laver, Mats Wilander, Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, John Newcombe and Guillermo Vilas.

Margaret Court owns the record for the most titles on the women’s side with a staggering 11 triumphs in the Amateur and Open Era, with Serena Williams not too far behind with seven. Victoria Azarenka is the only other current active female player with multiple Australian Open titles, winning back-to-back in 2012-13, while legends such as Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Monica Seles, Steffi Graf and Martin Hingis have all reigned supreme at Melbourne Park over the years.

Australian Open records (Open Era)

Longest men’s match (time) – Australian Open 2012 final: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5 in five hours and 53 minutes.
Longest women’s match (time) – Australian Open 2011 R16:  Francesca Schiavone def. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6–4 1–6 16–14.
Longest men’s match (total games: 84) – Australian Open 2017 first round: Ivo Karlovic def. Horacio Zeballos 6-7(6) 3-6 7-5 6-2 22-20.
Longest women’s match (total games: 48) – Australian Open 1996 quarter-finals: Chanda Rubin def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 6-4 2-6 16-14 and Australian Open 2018 third round: Simona Halep def. Lauren Davis 4-6 6-4 15-13
Hottest tournament: 2009 – the 2009 Australian Open was the warmest on record, with an average daily maximum of 34.7 degrees Celsius, 9 degrees above normal.

How the biggest stars fare at the Australian Open

Australian Open performance: Top men

Player Titles Finals Main draw appearances Win-loss record 2020 result
Novak Djokovic 8 (2008, 2011-13, 2015-16, 2019-20) 16 75-8 Champion (d. Dominic Thiem)
Roger Federer 6 (2004, 2006-7, 2010, 2017-18) 1 (2009) 21 102-15 SF (lost to Novak Djokovic)
Rafael Nadal 1 (2009) 4 (2012, 2014, 2017, 2019) 15 65-14 QF (lost to Dominic Thiem)
Stan Wawrinka 1 (2014) 15 42-14 QF (lost to Alexander Zverev)
Andy Murray 5 (2010-11, 2013, 2015-16) 13 48-13 Did not play
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1 (2008) 13 37-13 R1 (lost to Alexei Popyrin)
Marin Cilic 1 (2017) 12  32-12 R16 (lost to Milos Raonic)
Dominic Thiem 1 (2019) 7 16-7 Runner-up (lost to Novak Djokovic)

Nick Kyrgios 7 14-7 R16 (lost to Rafael Nadal)

Australian Open performance: Top women

Player Titles Finals Main-draw appearances Win-loss record 2020 result
Serena Williams 7 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2015, 2017) 1 (2016) 19 87-12 R3 (lost to Wang Qiang)
Victoria Azarenka 2 (2012-13) 12 39-10 Did not play
Maria Sharapova 1 (2008) 3 (2007, 2012, 2016) 16 56-15 R1 (lost to Donna Vekic)
Angelique Kerber 1 (2016) 13 32-12 R16 (lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova)
Naomi Osaka 1 (2019) 5 18-4 R3 (lost to Cori Gauff)
Venus Williams 2 (2003, 2017) 20 53-20 R1 (lost to Cori Gauff)
Simona Halep 1 (2018) 10 24-10 SF (lost to Garbine Muguruza)
Petra Kvitova 1 (2019) 11 24-15 QF (lost to Ashleigh Barty)
Garbine Muguruza 1 (2020) 8 23-8 Runner-up (lost to Sofia Kenin)
Ashleigh Barty 7 13-7 SF (lost to Sofia Kenin)

The 2021 Australian Open is live from Melbourne from February 8-21, and matches from all courts will be streamed live.