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Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal goes for his fourth straight Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko looks at the numbers behind the stories of the ATP World Tour.

RAFA EYES 'RAFA SLAM'

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal attempts to become the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles. Nadal, who won the Australian Open two years ago, lost his only Grand Slam match last season when he retired with a knee injury in the quarter-finals to Andy Murray. Laver won a Grand Slam for the second time that year. Since Laver accomplished the feat there have been three other occasions when three straight Grand Slam titles were won, only to come up short at Roland Garros:

History Grand Slam Title Run Roland Garros Result
Roger Federer 2006 Wimbledon, US Open; 2007 Australian Open Runner-up
Roger Federer 2005 Wimbledon, US Open; 2006 Australian Open Runner-up
Pete Sampras 1993 Wimbledon, US Open; 1994 Australian Open Quarter-finals


ROGER-RAFA GRAND SLAM DOMINATION

Federer and Nadal have accounted for 21 of the past 23 Grand Slam titles since the Spaniard broke through to capture his first Slam crown at Roland Garros in 2005. During that span, Federer has earned 12 titles and Nadal nine. The only players to win a Slam title during the strangelehold are Juan Martin del Potro (2009 US Open) and Novak Djokovic (2008 Australian Open).

2010 US Open
2010 Wimbledon
2010 Roland Garros
2010 Australian Open
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
2009 US Open
2009 Wimbledon
2009 Roland Garros
2009 Australian Open
Juan Martin del Potro
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal
2008 US Open
2008 Wimbledon
2008 Roland Garros
2008 Australian Open
Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
2007 US Open
2007 Wimbledon
2007 Roland Garros
2007 Australian Open
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
2006 US Open
2006 Wimbledon
2006 Roland Garros
2006 Australian Open
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
2005 US Open
2005 Wimbledon
2005 Roland Garros
Roger Federer
Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal



GRAND SLAM IRON MEN

Federer is playing in his 45th consecutive Grand Slam tournament, the longest active streak among players on the ATP World Tour. Tommy Robredo follows with 41 straight Slams played. Here is a look at the most consecutive Grand Slam tournaments played (min. 40) in the Open Era:

Player
Consecutive Slam Events Played
1. Wayne Ferreira
56
2. Stefan Edberg
54
3. Fabrice Santoro
46
4. Roger Federer
45*
5. Dominik Hrbaty
44
6. Tommy Robredo
41*

* Active player



BREAKTHROUGH WINNERS DOWN UNDER

Since 1980, six players have broken through to win their first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. During that same span, there have been 15 players who have broken through to win their first Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros. Here is a look at the breakthrough winners in Melbourne:

Year – Winner
1980 – Brian Teacher #
1981 – Johan Kriek
1985 – Stefan Edberg
1998 – Petr Korda #
2002 – Thomas Johansson #
2008 – Novak Djokovic #

# Only Grand Slam title


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