As everyone expected, maybe even the same players, Novak Djokovic has won his sixth Australian Open, equalling Roy Emerson as the player with more titles in this tournament. Of course, there are records and records. Emerson won his six titles in an era in which the best players in the world did not dispute the Slam because they competed on the professional circuit, this is said with all due respect to the great Australian champion. The truth is that the comparison of the path followed by both in editions in which they triumphed is striking; while “aussie” only had to face two times a top-5 -Rod Laver in 1961 and Fred Stolle in 1965- Djokovic has had to defeat by 12 times the top five of the ATP. Emerson’s AO games
The Serbian also equals, with this victory, Bill Tilden, Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg, all of them with 11 Grand Slam on his record book. In line with this, there is some confusion in the case of Tilden, appearing in some media with 10. However, the victory of the American in the World Hard Court Ch. in 1921 should be considered, for all purposes, as a Grand Slam title, as all specialized historians do. Most GS titles
The number of marks is beating the Serbian continues growing in an unstoppable way, fruit of the tyrannical domain he exerts on the circuit. In these two Australian weeks, among other records, he has advanced for the first time to Roger Federer at the head to head, 24-23, 10 years after their first meeting in Monte Carlo 2006. The Serbian left with 189 series “h2h” in favour, 7 tied and only 8 lost – of which 5 are duelling with less than three games played – for 94,36% efficiency, the best record of the era of open, above 93,88% of Rafael Nadal, and the sixth in history. H2H Series Highest %
He also reaches Federer in number of consecutive finals, with 17, only one behind Ivan Lendl, open era absolute record. From the Australian open last year, Djokovic has chained 13 titles and 4 finals. Open Era Finals Streak
In addition to his 11th title, the final with Murray is the number 19 at Grand Slam, tying with Lendl, one behind Nadal and eight of the 27 leading Federer. He also reaches 29 semi-finals and the 35 quarterfinals. The Serbian has reached at least this round in all the Grand Slam since losing with Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round of Roland Garros 2009. 27 consecutive tournaments, a record only surpassed by Federer, who arrived to 36 from Wimbledon 2004 to France Open 2013. QF Grand Slam Streak
The number one continues growing his streak against top-10. His record from last season is 36 victories and 5 defeats. In his career he has a balance of 169-81, 67,60% victories, surpassed only by the 71.70 % of Borg. His results before tops demoralize anyone: against Murray, his victim at the final, 11-1 in the last 12 meetings, 9-1 to Nadal in the last 10, as well as Berdych, 5-0 to Nishikori since the Japanese eliminated him in the semi-final of US Open 2014 and 10-0 to Ferrer since 2012. Only Wawrinka – with his two magnificent victories in Melbourne 2014 and Paris 2015 – and Federer, who maintains a worthy 6-9 with the Serbian from 2014, although without victories in Grand Slam, it seems they can maintain a minimum competitive pulse with the Serbian. Djokovic Advanced Stats
Novak also has beaten, for the third consecutive time, the absolute record of points in a ranking list of thetennisbase with 20.281 points, a stratospheric mark, far away from the achieved by champions like Laver, Rosewall, Gonzales, Tilden or Federer. Most TB ranking points any list
Even though at times it may not seem, beyond Djokovic is still life. Federer has completed a great tournament, exhibiting a high level tennis. Until he crossed with Djokovic, it seems he not only plays but also prevents play. He nullified Federer at the beginning and when the Swiss tried to react he was already losing 0-2. Too much advantage for a “killer” as the Serbian.
Federer came to that match with excellent feelings, which were reflected in the statistics: 73% of points won at service and nearly 45% in return points. Against the Serbian those percentages have plummeted to 56% and 27% respectively. Even the percentage of first services, a statistic that, in principle, does not depend so much on rival, fell from 65% that dragged Federer until the semifinal to a discreet 57% in the match against Djokovic. Federer Advanced Stats
And although the “18” have not been possible in Melbourne – the intractable Serbian is being an obstacle too serious to achieve it – the Swiss is still smashing his own marks. He has already 39 semifinals and 47 quarter finals at Grand Slams, both absolute records. Most GS semifinals
From other players, it is necessary to highlight Andy Murray, ninth Grand Slam final, seven losses, further still of the 11 Lendl was defeated. Also Milos Raonic, who played a great tournament, after his victory in Brisbane, and he was very close to play for the first time a big final. His semifinal before Murray is the second at Grand Slam he disputed in his career, after Wimbledon 2014.
The tournament statistics leave us to John Isner as the best gunboat with 119 aces, followed by Raonic with 107, the only players who have surpassed the 100 “aces”. The American got also the best percentage of first service, 75,37%. Isner served in a magnificent way and he even did not have to deal with a break point in the first three rounds. In eighth finals, David Ferrer, one of his bêtes noires, made him the only three breaks he suffered in the tournament.AO 2016 stats
As retrievers, the three highest breakers were Murray (37 breaks), Djokovic (35) and Federer (29). They were also the ones who had more opportunities of break with 84, 81 and 69 respectively. AO 2016 stats (2)
First major of the season has over and life goes on as always. Djokovic is at the helm and no alternative around the corner. We have just a few weeks of competition and it is almost impossible to imagine another number one at end of season than the Serbian. We will have to wait for events and wait to see if something changes.
In any case, it will not be next week; tops will rest and it is the time for the ATP250, with tournaments in Sofia, Quito and Montpellier. And The Weekly Data will be faithful to its appointment on Monday.
Gabriel Garcia / thetennisbase.com