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Australian Open 2008

Roger FedererGetty ImagesRoger Federer has a rare Australian Open three-peat in his sights in Melbourne.

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a look at the numbers behind the stories on the ATP circuit. 

TOUGH TO THREE-PEAT DOWN UNDER

Roger Federer is attempting to become the first player in the Open era to win three Australian Open titles in as many years and the first player since Roy Emerson captured five in a row from 1963-67. Since Emerson's feat, eight back-to-back Aussie champions have come up short of winning titles three consecutive years:

Aust. Open Champ

Back-to-Back Titles

Third Year Result

Roger Federer

2006-07

???

Andre Agassi

2000-2001

Did not play (won in '03)

Jim Courier

1992-93

Semifinals

Ivan Lendl

1989-90

Runner-up

Stefan Edberg

1985, '87 #

Semifinals

Mats Wilander

1983-84

Runner-up

Johan Kriek

1981-82

Quarterfinals

Guillermo Vilas

1978-79

Semifinals

Ken Rosewall

1971-72

Second Round

# not held in 1986 



BREAKTHROUGH TIME IN MELBOURNE

In five of the past seven Australian Opens (since 2001), including the past two, it's been a breakthrough time for players who have reached their first and only Grand Slam final:

First-time Grand Slam Finalist

Result

2007 - Fernando Gonzalez

l. to Roger Federer

2006 - Marcos Baghdatis

l. to Roger Federer

2003 - Rainer Schuettler

l. to Andre Agassi

2002 - Thomas Johansson

def. Marat Safin

2001 - Arnaud Clement

l. to Andre Agassi




21st CENTURY ATP TITLE LEADERS

Lleyton Hewitt and Carlos Moya are the only players to win at least one singles title every year since the start of the 2000 season. Overall, Roger Federer has the most titles (53) on the ATP circuit in the 21st century. Here is a breakdown of titles won from 2000-07 and pre-2000:


Total

2007

2006

2000-05

Pre-2000

Roger Federer

53

8

12

33

-

Lleyton Hewitt

24

1

1

22

2

Andy Roddick

23

2

1

20

-

Rafael Nadal

23

6

5

12

-

Andre Agassi

16

-

-

16

44

Gustavo Kuerten

15

-

-

15

5

Carlos Moya

15

1

1

13

5

Marat Safin

14

-

-

14

1

Nikolay Davydenko

11

1

5

5

-

James Blake

10

2

5

3

-

Juan Carlos Ferrero

10

-

-

10

1




CONSECUTIVE YEARS TITLE STREAK

Lleyton Hewitt has won at least one ATP title every year since 1998. Here is a look at the players with the longest title streaks going into the 2008 season:


No.

Years

Lleyton Hewitt

10

1998-2007

Carlos Moya

8

2000-2007

Roger Federer

7

2001-2007

Andy Roddick

7

2001-2007

Nikolay Davydenko

5

2003-2007

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