Joachim Johansson recalls serving 51 aces against Andre Agassi in the Australian Open

Jamie Shaw in Australian Open 20 Jan 2022
Joachim Johansson celebrates (Photo by Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport)

Joachim Johansson has recalled his record-breaking tally of 51 aces during his clash with Andre Agassi in the 2005 Australian Open.

Johansson faced the eight-time major champion in the Fourth Round in Melbourne in a match which went into the tennis record books as a result of the Swede’s sensational service game.

Johansson took the opening set in a tie break, but only for the legendary Agassi to reel off three sets on the spin to progress to the Quarter-Finals.

The number 11 seed, though, smashed home an incredible 51 aces – setting a record at the time for the most aces served in one match in a Grand Slam.

Ivo Karlović equalled the record on June 21st of that year at Wimbledon against Daniele Bracciali, and at the 2009 French Open, Karlovic broke the record outright with 55 aces against Lleyton Hewitt in Round One.

In a recent interview with Betway Insider, Johansson said: “I played Andre Agassi in the Australian Open in 2005 when I was 23 years old. 

“Unfortunately, I played the match before, I won 13-11 in the fifth set and I cramped in the last set for 24 games.

“Right before the match against Andre, we played at one o’clock and it was like 35 degrees. I cramped up when I was stretching about five minutes before we were walking on, so I had to rely on my serve a lot.

“He only did five unforced errors in the whole match but I did 51 aces.”

Johansson still held the record for the most aces served in a four-set match until July 2014, when John Isner edged it with 52 in a Third Round defeat to Feliciano Lopez at Wimbledon.

Johansson, 39, reached a career-high ranking of world number nine in February 2005 and was a semi-finalist in the US Open the previous year – his best performance in a Grand Slam.

Despite this, he only featured in nine Grand Slams between 2003 and 2007 before his career was cut short due to a persistent shoulder injury in 2008.

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