Australian Open winners and runner-ups (male)- From 2000-2011

Roger Federer, Australian Open winners and runner-ups male, From 2000-2011

What is the first name that pops up in mind when you talk about tennis in the last decade? Yes, he is none other than Roger Federer, the greatest male tennis player of all time. Not only he holds the record of winning the most number of Grand Slams (16) but he has also tied a record of winning the most number of Australian Open tennis championships. The winning streak of Roger Federer in Australian Open faced resistance from the two famous tennis players Rafael Nadal and Djokovic. Let us have a look on the winners and runner-ups of 2000-2011:

Australian Open Tennis- 2000

  • Australian Open winner (male): Andre Agassi
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Yengeny Kadelnikov

Australian Open Tennis- 2001

  • Australian Open winner (male):  Andre Agassi
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Arnaud Clement

Australian Open Tennis- 2002

  • Australian Open winner (male): Thomas Johannson
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Marat Safin

Australian Open Tennis-2003

  • Australian Open winner (male): Andre Agassi
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Rainer Schuettler

Australian Open Tennis- 2004

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roger Federer
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Marat Safin

Australian Open Tennis-2005

  • Australian Open winner (male): Marat Safin
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Lleyton Hewitt

Australian Open Tennis- 2006

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roger Federer
  • Australian Open runner-up (male):  Marcos Baghdatis

Australian Open Tennis-2007

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roger Federer
  • Australian Open runner-up  (male): Fernando Gonzalez

Australian Open Tennis-2008

  • Australian Open winner (male): Novak Djokovic
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Australian Open Tennis- 2009

  • Australian Open winner (male): Rafael Nadal
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Roger Federer

Australian Open Tennis-2010

  • Australian Open winner (male): Roger Federer
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Andy Murray

Australian Open Tennis-2011

  • Australian Open winner (male): Novak Djokovic
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Andy Murray

Greatest men tennis rivalries: Federer vs Nadal

Greatest men tennis rivalries: Federer vs Nadal

What does tennis in the 21st century reminds you of? Of course, none other than Federer and Nadal rivalry. After the Agassi vs Sampras greatest rivalry, Nadal and Federer have been able to captivate the audiences for longest hours, holding on to their breath for a thrilling and unexpected result. These two players have met many times on the court and played some of the best tennis matches of the history which definitely includes the 2008 Wimbledon final.

Famous and greatest tennis player Roger Federer was ranked number 1 for a record 237 consecutive weeks whereas Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal held this spot for 160 consecutive weeks. They are the only men in the open era, who have battled each other in eight Grand Slam finals, with Nadal having the big edge by winning six of the eight finals. This makes them the most challenging rivals of all time. Rafael Nadal is leading the table head-to-head 17–8. Nadal is dominant in French open by winning the title 5 times where as Federer has only won once. Over all, Federer has won the Grand Slam titles 16 times as compared to Nadal who has so far won 9 times. The overall comparison of both the players in terms of game and fitness level does not have much difference.

 

Nadal

Federer

Date of Birth:

June 3, 1986

August 8, 1981

Country:

Spain

Switzerland

Career Singles Titles:

32

63

Career Doubles Titles:

3

7

Career Prize Money:

$20 million

$56.9 million

Career record (singles):

242-61

717-171

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

Career record (doubles):

58-36

114-74

Highest ranking (doubles):

26

24

Roger Federer’s career statistics:

Rafael Nadal’s career statistics:

Nadal vs Federer rivalry

How to play tennis like Rafael Nadal?

How to play tennis like Rafael Nadal?

Famous male tennis player Rafael Nadal is known as the clay specialist. Not only has he displayed his game and mentality extravaganza on clay but he has been performing really well on grass and hard courts as well. His strong physical attributes and game knowledge have helped him to acquire the world no.1 tennis player rank. If you aspire to be the next Nadal, here is what you should follow:

1)      You need to have an extraordinary fitness level. Your body will be challenged in a cardiovascular capacity which requires you to increase your body’s resistance and power.

2)      You need to work on your racket grips. Being a clay court specialists, Nadal uses western forehands with which the racket is gripped with the palm facing up and the strings of the racket are perpendicular to the ground. This helps the heavy topspin. You have to be very strong in order to benefit from topspin. Nadal has a two-handed backhand but he runs around to play as many forehands as possible.

3)      Nadal likes to approach the net and finish the point, which is his common tactic to attack the opponent. His volley is all over the court and this talent makes him different than the other clay court players. You can afford to be defensive on clay court but on other courts you need to be offensive by coming on to the net.

4)      Nadal’s serve is not a major strength, but his ability to position the serve and create pace and spin enables him to counter his opponents easily.

5)      Last but not the least, Nadal sort of dictates his opponent. Nadal, with his magical placement, makes the opponent move in exactly the manner he wishes. You will have this talent only if you use your creative skills.

Famous male tennis player: Roger Federer

by on February 24, 2010
in Famous/Best Tennis players

Famous male tennis player: Roger Federer

There is no need to introduce the world’s greatest tennis player who has won the highest number of Grand Slams (16) in the entire history of the world of tennis. The 29 year old Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer has proved his metal by making an appearance in twenty two Grand Slam finals, winning 16 of them. He also holds the record of reaching twenty seven Grand Slam semi finals and 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals. Roger Federer is one of six players who have won all the Grand Slams in their career.He held the ATP No.1 rank for record 237  consecutive weeks. Federer has won a record 6 ATP World Tour Finals and 18 ATP Masters Series. He also won the Olypmpic Gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olypmic games. 

The Swiss legendary tennis player Roger Federer has one more record of reaching to ten consecutive Grand Slam finals and reaching the finals of seventeen out of the last eighteen Grand Slam tournaments. According to experts, he has nothing to prove now as he has shown his capabilities. For such a great achievement, the greatest tennis player Roger Federer has been awarded with the World Sportsman of the Year for four (2005-2008) consecutive years. Roger Federer has been also named in the list of top 100 important people of the year by Time Magazine in 2007. In 2009, Roger Federer has been named as ITF male tennis player of the year. Recently, Roger Federer has been named the second most reliable and trustworthy person, only second to Nelson Mandela.

Although Federer has lost his top rank and grand slam title deficient, but his achievements and respect in the world of sports are pouring in!

Famous male tennis player: Robin Soderling

Famous male tennis player: Robin Soderling

Famous male tennis player Robin Soderling is a Swedish professional tennis player who is currently ranked at number 14 in the world of tennis. Robin Soderling is the only player to defeat the Clay King Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal in the French Open 2009 Grand Slam title where he eventually lost to the greatest tennis player Roger Federer but the 2009 French Open was his best Grand Slam record. Robin Soderling is the only Swedish player to rank in the top 100 in the ATP rankings. In the first tournament of 2010, he created an upset by defeating the world’s top seeded player, Roger Federer. The rivalry of Robin Soderling and Rafael Nadal is very well known. Even though, record is in the favour of Rafael Nadal with a score of 3-2 but their last two encounters were won by Soderling. In year 2010, the Swedish tennis player, Robing Soderling reached 3 finals including the final of Roland Garros for second consecutive year and won two ATP World Tour titles. On record, he won 57 matches during 2010 which helped him attain his present ranking.

Robin Soderling is known for the power game he plays. He plays a power service as well as power ground stroke which makes it difficult for his opponents to break his service. He is one of the very few players on the tour who can play forehand as well as backhand shots with the same power. Even though, he has reached the finals of the 2009 French Open. His best performances have come on the indoor surfaces and hard courts.

Grand Slam: The French Open tennis tournament

Grand Slam: The French Open tennis tournament

One of the major tennis tournaments which are played in the beautiful city of Paris, France, is the French Open. It is one of the tournaments which is covered under the Grand Slam tourney and is played over a period of two weeks from mid-May until the beginning of June. The French Open is the second Grand Slam in tthe calendar year and it comes after the Australian Open which is played in January. The French Open is the most popular of all the Grand Slam events and enjoys a huge viewership among all the other Grand Slams. A reason for this might be the fact that it considered by many as the most grueling and taxing of the tennis tournaments.

The French Open is played on clay courts which are slower than hard courts. This leads to more hard-work for the players as they have to make their own pace for the ball to travel. The current world no.2 Rafael Nadal enjoys his tennis out here as is evident from the fact that he has been the reigning champion for the last four years in a row. An interesting bit of history tells us that for a period of 3 years from 1945-1947, the French Open was played after Wimbledon, making it the third Grand Slam of the year.

The Australian Open Tennis Tournament

by on April 1, 2009
in Grandslams

 

The Australian Open Tennis Tournament

One of the four Grand Slams to be held every year, the Australian Open, is held at Melbourne Park where the top tennis players from round the world compete with each other. The Australian Open tennis tournament is the first of the Grand Slams to be held in a calendar year. It is generally played every year in January in Melbourne Park where the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters come out to play. The Australian Open tennis tournament was first played in 1905 and it has completed a 100 years of its existence. Up to 1987, over a period of 82 years, the Australian Open was played on grass courts. The revised format of the tournament saw the surface being changed to hard courts in 1988. There are a variety of competitions which are held at the championship. These include Men’s singles, Women’s singles, Men’s doubles, Women’s doubles and finally Mixed doubles, apart from the junior’s singles and doubles. 

Mats Wilander holds the distinction of being the only tennis player to win the tournament on both types of surface. The two primary courts where all the main tennis matches are played are the Rod Laver Arena and the Hisense Arena. They are the first tennis stadiums in the world which have retractable roofs which can be shut down and opened according to the weather. This tournament has seen a lot of high-quality tennis over the past few years with the main two contenders being Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the men’s tourney.