Pat O'Hara Wood def. Ron Thomas, 6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3
A.R.F. Kingscote def. E.O. Pockley, 6-4, 6-0, 6-3
Francis Lowe def. Horace Rice, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4
Pat O'Hara Wood def. Gerald Patterson, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
Ernie Parker def. H.A. Parker, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
J. Cecil Parke def. A.E. Beamish, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5
Norman Brookes def. Horace Rice, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
Rodney Heath def. Horace Rice, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
Tony Wilding def. E.F. Parker, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2
Fred Alexander def. A.W. Dunlop, 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3
Horace Rice def. H.A. Parker, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Tony Wilding def. H.A. Parker, 6-0, 6-4, 6-4
Rodney Heath def. A.H. Curtis, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
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.