In tennis, it can be interesting to reflect on past events. Many notable occurrences take place within a particular Grand Slam. There are certain facts and records that are overlooked by many of us but they do make for interesting parts of the tournament. Australian Open is one such grand slams that has offered several different records, events and facts that will definitely interest any avid tennis fan.
Here is the information and facts detail about Australian Open 2004:
1) Names previously unknown to tennis fans, Nenad Zimonjic and Elena Bovina won the open mixed doubles title of the 2004 Australian Open.
2) Fabrice Santoro and Michael Llodra won the 2004 Australian Open doubles title for the second year, beating the Bryan brothers in the final.
3) Famous female tennis player Amelie Mauresmo withdrew from the 2004 Australian Open quarter final while she was among the top ten female tennis players at that time.
4) Three American famous female singles tennis players Lindsay Davenport, Lisa Raymond and Chanda Rubin made their way into the Round of 16 of Australian Open 2004.
5) Four American men singles tennis players Andy Roddick, Robby Ginepri, Andre Agassi and James Blake reached the Round of 16 in the 2004 Australian Open.
6) Justine Henin-Hardenne, being the top seed player in 2004, won the third Grand Slam, i.e. Australian Open 2004 after defeating Kim Clijsters.
7) Russian male tennis player Marat Safin snapped the 26-match win streak of Agassi at the Australian Open by defeating Agassi in the thrilling semi-final of Australian Open 2004.
8) Among the top ten seeded male tennis players in 2004, Carlos Moya withdrew before the the 2004 Australian Open event.
Don’t you just love it when one of your favorite tennis players ends the match, set or a game with a serve which remains untouched by the opponent? Have you got any clue what that serve is? Yes! It’s the ace which does the job so quickly and accurately. Not every player has the potential to put the ace on a right spot and score the point. Scoring aces at maximum makes it easier to avoid long games as the game points could be won without playing multiple strokes. There are many records which have been made in serving the most aces. Few are listed below:
Goran Ivanisevic, a Croatian tennis player served the record aces during a year, numbering to 1477 in the year 1996.
Ivo Karlovic broke his own aces record in a match of Davis Cup against Radek Stepanek, where he served 78 aces out of which 77 were served on 1st serve. The interesting fact is that Karlovic lost the match even after the tie-break and setting a new ace record.
Andy Roddick holds the fastest ace record when he served an ace of 155 mph (~294 km/h) in a match against Vladimir Voltchkov in Davis Cup 2004.
Sam Querrey hit the record of ten consecutive aces against James Blake in Indianapolis Tennis Championships quarterfinal.
Interesting records were hit by the players in different ways. It’s always a treat to watch a game full of aces as it sure is a different flavor of the game.
Support your player and keep a close eye on their aces. You never know who makes a record!