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2012 Australian Open Tennis Championships - Men Preview
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Dates: Monday, January 16th through Sunday, January 29th
Site: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
Courts and Capacities: Rod Laver Arena: 15,000; Hisense Arena: 10,000; Margaret Court Arena: 6,000
Other Court Capacities:Court 2 (3,000); Court 3 (3,000)
Surface: "True Blue" Plexicushion
Official Ball:Wilson
Television: ESPN and ESPN 2, Seven Network and Fox Sports (Australia)
Annual: 100th
Defending Champion: Novak Djokovic def. Andy Murray, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
Doubles Champions: Bob and Mike Bryan d. Bhupathi and Paes, 6-3, 6-4
Total Purse: $26,810,757 ($26,000,000 in Australian Dollars)
Shares: First Place - $2,372,025; 2nd - $1,186,010; Semifinalist - $450,685

 
2012 Australian Open Tennis Championships - Men's Seeds
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Seeded Players
1. Novak Djokovic - A,W,U 17. Richard Gaquet
2. Rafael Nadal - F 18. Feliciano Lopez
3. Roger Federer 19. Viktor Troicki
4. Andy Murray 20. Florian Mayer
5. David Ferrer 21. Stanislas Wawrinka
6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 22. Fernando Verdasco
7. Tomas Berdych 23. Milos Raonic
8. Mardy Fish 24. Kei Nishikori
9. Janko Tipsarevic 25. Juan Monaco
10. Nicolas Almagro 26. Marcel Granollers
11. Juan Martin Del Potro 27. Juan Ignacio Chela
12. Gilles Simon 28. Ivan Ljubicic
13. Alexandr Dolgopolov 29. Radek Stepanek
14. Gael Monfils 30. Kevin Anderson
15. Andy Roddick 31. Jurgen Melzer
16. John Isner 32. Alex Bogomolov Jr
 
A - Australian Open champion
F - French Open champion
W - Wimbledon champion
U - U.S. Open champion
 

2012 Australian Open Players to Watch - Men
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Finish Last Nine Years
Player (Open Record)200320042005200620072008200920102011
Novak Djokovic (25-5) --- --- 1st 1st4th WonQF QF Won
Andy Murray (18-6) --- --- --- 1st4th 1st4thRupRup
Roger Federer (59-8) 4th Won SF WonWon SF RupWonSF
David Ferrer (19-9) 1st 2nd 1st 4th4th QF 3rd2ndSF
Rafael Nadal (29-6) --- 3rd 4th ---QF SF WonQF QF
Stanislas Wawrinka (12-6) --- --- --- 2nd3rd 2nd3rd3rdQF
Tomas Berdych (16-8) --- 2nd 1st 2nd4th 4th4th2ndQF
Alexandr Dolgopolov (4-1) --- --- --- ------ ---------QF
Andy Roddick (37-10) SF QF SF 4thSF 3rdSF QF 4th
Fernando Verdasco (15-8) --- 1st 2nd 2nd2nd 2ndSF 4th4th
Nicolas Almagro (8-7) --- --- 1st 1st1st 1st3rd4th4th
Tommy Robredo (17-11) 1st 1st 3rd 4thQF 2nd4th1st4th
Jurgen Melzer (11-9) 1st 3rd 3rd 1st2nd 2nd3rd1st4th
Milos Raonic (3-1) --- --- --- ------ ---------4th
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (17-5) --- --- --- ---1st RupQF SF 3rd
John Isner (5-4) --- --- --- ------ 1st1st4th3rd
Marcos Baghdatis (19-7) --- --- 4th Rup2nd 3rd4th3rd3rd
Gael Monfils (10-6) --- --- 2nd 1st3rd ---4th3rd3rd
Ivan Ljubicic (13-12) 1st 2nd 2nd QF 1st 1st2nd3rd3rd
Mikhail Youzhny (18-11) 4th 1st 2nd 1st3rd QF 1st3rd3rd
Viktor Troicki (4-4) --- --- --- ------ 1st2nd2nd3rd
Richard Gasquet (10-8) 1st 1st --- 1st4th 4th3rd1st3rd
Kei Nishikori (2-2) --- --- --- ------ ---1st---3rd
Juan M. Del Potro (10-5) --- --- --- ---2nd 2ndQF 4th2nd
P. Kohlschreiber (12-7) --- --- 4th 2nd2nd 4th2nd3rd2nd
Florian Mayer (8-8) --- 2nd 1st 2nd3rd 1st2nd3rd2nd
Juan Monaco (6-7) --- --- 1st 2nd1st 3rd1st3rd2nd
Feliciano Lopez (11-9) 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd2nd 2nd1st3rd2nd
Albert Montanes (4-10) 2nd 1st 1st 1st1st 1st1st3rd2nd
Janko Tipsarevic (7-7) --- --- 2nd 2nd1st 3rd2nd2nd2nd
Michael Llodra (3-10) 1st --- 1st 1st1st 1st1st2nd2nd
Thomaz Bellucci (2-3) --- --- --- ------ ---1st2nd2nd
Mardy Fish (13-9) 3rd 1st 2nd ---QF 3rd3rd1st2nd
Radek Stepanek (11-9) 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd3rd 1st3rd1st2nd
Gilles Simon (9-5) --- --- --- 3rd1st 3rdQF ---2nd
David Nalbandian (25-9) QF QF QF SF 4th 3rd2nd---2nd
Nikolay Davydenko (21-10) 1st 2nd QF QF QF 4th---QF 1st
Ivo Karlovic (7-8) --- 2nd 1st 1st1st 3rd2nd4th1st
Lleyton Hewitt (27-15) 4th 4th Rup 2nd3rd 4th1st4th1st
Marcel Granollers (2-4) --- --- --- ------ 1st2nd2nd1st
Jarkko Nieminen (13-10) 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd2nd QF 1st2nd1st
Ernests Gulbis (1-4) --- --- --- ------ 1st2nd1st1st
Jeremy Chardy (1-3) --- --- --- ------ ---2nd1st1st
Sam Querrey (4-5) --- --- --- ---3rd 3rd1st1st1st
Kevin Anderson (0-4) --- --- --- ------ 1st1st1st1st
Potito Starace (0-6) --- --- 1st 1st1st ---1st1st1st
Juan I. Chela (12-10) 2nd 2nd 3rd 4th3rd 1st---1st1st
Julien Benneteau (3-7) 1st --- 1st 3rd1st 1st1st2nd---
Juan C. Ferrero (20-10) QF SF 3rd 3rd2nd 4th1st1st---
Alex Bogomolov Jr. (1-3) 1st 1st --- 2nd--- ------------
1st- First-Round Loser QF- Quarterfinalist
2nd- Second Round SF- Semifinalist
3rd- Third Round Rup- Runner-Up
4th- Fourth Round --- - Did Not Play

Australian Open Championships - Past Men's Singles Champions
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YearResults
2011 Novak Djokovic def. Andy Murray, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
2010 Roger Federer def. Andy Murray, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11)
2009 Rafael Nadal def. Roger Federer, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-2
2008 Novak Djokovic def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
2007 Roger Federer def. Fernando Gonzalez, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-4
2006 Roger Federer def. Marcos Baghdatis, 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2
2005 Marat Safin def. Lleyton Hewitt, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
2004 Roger Federer def. Marat Safin, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-2
2003Andre Agassi def. Rainer Schuettler, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1
2002 Thomas Johansson def. Marat Safin, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
2001 Andre Agassi def. Arnaud Clement, 6-4 6-2 6-2
2000 Andre Agassi def. Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
1999 Yevgeny Kafelnikov def. Thomas Enqvist, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)
1998 Petr Korda def. Marcelo Rios, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
1997 Pete Sampras def. Carlos Moya, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
1996 Boris Becker def. Michael Chang, 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
1995 Andre Agassi def. Pete Sampras, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-4
1994 Pete Sampras def. Todd Martin, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4
1993 Jim Courier def. Stefan Edberg, 6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
1992 Jim Courier def. Stefan Edberg, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
1991 Boris Becker def. Ivan Lendl, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
1990 Ivan Lendl def. Stefan Edberg, 4-6, 7-6, 5-2 (ret)
1989 Ivan Lendl def. Miloslav Mecir, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
1988 Mats Wilander def. Pat Cash, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6
1987 Stefan Edberg def. Pat Cash, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3
1986 Not Held
1985 Stefan Edberg def. Mats Wilander, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
1984 Mats Wilander def. Kevin Curren, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2
1983 Mats Wilander def. Ivan Lendl, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
1982 Johan Kriek def. Steve Denton, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
1981 Johan Kriek def. Steve Denton, 6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4
1980 Brian Teacher def. Kim Warwick, 7-5, 7-6, 6-3
1979 Guillermo Vilas def. John Sadri, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2
1978 Guillermo Vilas def. John Marks, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
1977 Vitas Gerulaitis def. John Lloyd, 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2
1977 Roscoe Tanner def. Guillermo Vilas, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
1976 Mark Edmondson def. John Newcombe, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1
1975 John Newcombe def. Jimmy Connors, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6
1974 Jimmy Connors def. Phil Dent, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
1973 John Newcombe def. Onny Parun, 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1
1972 Ken Rosewall def. Mal Anderson, 7-6, 6-3, 7-5
1971 Ken Rosewall def. Arthur Ashe, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3
1970 Arthur Ashe def. Dick Crealy, 6-4, 9-7, 6-2
1969 Rod Laver def. Andres Gimeno, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
1968 Bill Bowrey def. Juan Gisbert, 7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4
1967 Roy Emerson def. Arthur Ashe, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1
1966 Roy Emerson def. Arthur Ashe, 6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3
1965 Roy Emerson def. Fred Stolle, 7-9, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1
1964 Roy Emerson def. Fred Stolle, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
1963 Roy Emerson def. Ken Fletcher, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
1962 Rod Laver def. Roy Emerson, 8-6, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
1961 Roy Emerson def. Rod Laver, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
1960 Rod Laver def. Neale Fraser, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6
1959 Alex Olmedo def. Neale Fraser, 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
1958 Ashley Cooper def. Mal Anderson, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
1957 Ashley Cooper def. Neale Fraser, 6-3, 9-11, 6-4, 6-2
1956 Lew Hoad def. Ken Rosewall, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
1955 Ken Rosewall def. Lew Hoad, 9-7, 6-4, 6-4
1954 Mervyn Rose def. Rex Hartwig, 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
1953 Ken Rosewall def. Mervyn Rose, 6-0, 6-3, 6-4
1952 Ken McGregor def. Frank Sedgman, 7-5, 12-10, 2-6, 6-2
1951 Richard Savitt def. Ken McGregor, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
1950 Frank Sedgman def. Ken McGregor, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
1949 Frank Sedgman def. Ken McGregor, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
1948 Adrian Quist def. John Bromwich, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
1947 Dinny Pails def. John Bromwich, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6
1946 John Bromwich def. Dinny Pails, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
1945 Not Held
1944 Not Held
1943 Not Held
1942 Not Held
1941 Not Held
1940 Adrian Quist def. Jack Crawford, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2
1939 John Bromwich def. Adrian Quist, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
1938 Don Budge def. John Bromwich, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
1937 Vivian McGrath def. John Bromwich, 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, 2-6, 6-1
1936 Adrian Quist def. Jack Crawford, 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 9-7
1935 Jack Crawford def. Fred Perry, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
1934 Fred Perry def. Jack Crawford, 6-3, 7-5, 6-1
1933 Jack Crawford def. Keith Gledhill, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2
1932 Jack Crawford def. Harry Hopman, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
1931 Jack Crawford def. Harry Hopman, 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
1930 Gar Moon def. Harry Hopman, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
1929 John Gregory def. R.E. Schlesinger, 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
1928 Jean Borotra def. R.O. Cummings, 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3
1927 Gerald Patterson def. John Hawkes, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16, 6-3
1926 John Hawkes def. Jim Willard, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
1925 James Anderson def. Gerald Patterson, 11-9, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
1924 James Anderson def. R.E. Schlesinger, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3
1923 Pat O'Hara Wood def. C.B. St. John, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
1922 Pat O'Hara Wood def. Gerald Patterson, 6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
1921 Rhys Gemmell def. A. Hedeman, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4
1920 Pat O'Hara Wood def. Ron Thomas, 6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3
1919 A.R.F. Kingscote def. E.O. Pockley, 6-4, 6-0, 6-3
1918 Not Held
1917 Not Held
1916 Not Held
1915 Francis Lowe def. Horace Rice, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4
1914 Pat O'Hara Wood def. Gerald Patterson, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
1913 Ernie Parker def. H.A. Parker, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
1912 J. Cecil Parke def. A.E. Beamish, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5
1911 Norman Brookes def. Horace Rice, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
1910 Rodney Heath def. Horace Rice, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
1909 Tony Wilding def. E.F. Parker, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2
1908 Fred Alexander def. A.W. Dunlop, 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3
1907 Horace Rice def. H.A. Parker, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
1906 Tony Wilding def. H.A. Parker, 6-0, 6-4, 6-4
1905Rodney Heath def. A.H. Curtis, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

 
NOTES:
Novak Djokovic started an amazing run at the Australian Open in 2011, as he swept through seven matches, dropping one set en route to his second title Down Under in four years.

Djokovic, who won 43 consecutive matches before losing to Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals last year, cruised to a straight-set win over Andy Murray, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, in the championship match.

The Australian Open title was one of 10 championships in which Djokovic laid claim to, which included three Grand Slam titles.

The third-seeded Djokovic and fifth seed Murray were locked in a tight first set before Djokovic held for a 5-4 lead and then broke his Scottish counterpart to take the stanza. Murray decided to challenge the final point of the set when he thought his forehand clipped the baseline, but Djokovic took the set in 59 minutes.

A rattled Murray would watch Djokovic win seven straight games en route to a commanding 5-0 lead in the second set, which went to the Serb in a mere eight games in 40 minutes.

In the third set, Djokovic tallied a trio of service breaks, including one that gave him a 5-3 lead and a chance to serve for the championship. The Serb held his serve to win the title, as Murray set up the championship point with a running forehand off the net cord, and lost it with one final forehand into the net.

After suffering a five-set defeat to Rafael Nadal in the 2009 championship match, Roger Federer rebounded to capture the 2010 event in straight sets over Andy Murray for his fourth career Australian Open title. With the win, Federer equaled the men's Open Era record for Aussie Open crowns (Andre Agassi).

The former world No. 1 Federer handled Murray in 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11) fashion on Day 14 at Melbourne Park for his 16th and last Grand Slam singles title. The Swiss icon also titled here in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and is 16-7 in his career major finals.

Although he was stretched to four sets in his opening-round win against Igor Andreev (6-0 in the fourth), Federer was barely tested the next three rounds, as he defeated Victor Hanescu, Albert Montanes and Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets. After dropping the opening set against sixth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the quarterfinals, Federer won the next three to close out the match. Federer then whipped 10th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straights before wiping out Murray in the final.

In 2009, it took an epic five-set match for Nadal to knock off Federer and capture his first Australian Open title. With the win, Nadal became the first Spaniard to win this coveted Grand Slam event.

The gutsy Nadal needed 4 hours, 23 minutes to hold off his great rival Federer, as the Mallorcan strongman crossed the finish line with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-2 decision at Rod Laver Arena. This marked Nadal's first-ever major title on a hardcourt and the first Aussie Open final to go five sets since Mats Wilander defeated Pat Cash in 1988, the first year at Melbourne Park.

After failing to reach the quarterfinals in his first four appearances in Melbourne, Federer has dominated this event the past eight years, winning four times and posting a 49-4 match record. Federer, who had controlled the tennis scene in recent years, has won just one of the last eight Grand Slam events.

The 2008 Australian Open featured a new surface, as WM Loud, an Australian-owned company, is the supplier of the surface for the next five years. The cushioned acrylic surface, which is not a hard court, is what differentiates the Aussie Open from the other Grand Slam tournaments. The surface retains less heat during days of extreme temperature.

The venue name change from Flinders Park to Melbourne Park occurred in January of 1996. In 2000, Melbourne Park's main stadium was re-christened Rod Laver Arena in tribute to one of Australia's greatest champions. The Australian Open shifted from grass courts to Rebound Ace in 1988 when the tournament moved from Kooyong to its permanent home at Flinders Park (now Melbourne Park). The tournament was called the Australia Championships from 1927-68. The tournament has been held at six different sites: Melbourne (55), Sydney (17), Adelaide (14), Brisbane (7), Perth (3) and New Zealand (2). The draw will include 128 players (104 Direct, 16 Qualifiers and up to eight wildcards). Mark Edmondson is the only player in the history of the men's draw to win this tournament as a non-seed (1976).

Australians have won this event 50 times, followed by the United States (17), Sweden (6), Great Britain (5), Czech Republic and Switzerland (4), New Zealand, Argentina, Germany, South Africa, Russia and Serbia (2) and France andSpain (1). Lleyton Hewitt became the youngest man ever to qualify for the Australian Open in 1997 at the age of 15.

Robin Soderling and Marin Cilic have withdrawn from the Championship. Soderling is recovering from an illness and Cilic is still suffering from a knee injury.

The winner of this championship receives the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, which is presented by the State Lawn Tennis Associations and the friends of Mr Norman E. Brookes.


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