Australian Open 2021 Stats: Quarter-finals and Semi-Finals Unique Numbers and Records

From Novak Djokovic ending giant killer Aslan Karatsev’s dream run in the Australian Open 2021 to Naomi Osaka making easy work out of the 23 times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, the Australian Open 2021 has been boiling down as one of the best ever. 

With the quarters and semis completed, we are now left with the question of the 17-time grand slam winner- Novak Djokovic can end the 20-match streak of Daniil Medvedev.

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Rafael Nadal was dealt with a huge setback by the Greek youngster- Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2021. 

The 20-time Grandslam winner was well on course for a clinical straight-sets victory but few errors in the tie-break shifted the entire momentum of the Greek resulting in one of the best comebacks in tennis history. 

This was only the 2nd occasion in Grandslam that the Spaniard was made to taste defeat after a 2-0 lead. Who do you think the first one was?

Not that difficult I would say. It is Fabio Fognini of Italy, who managed to showcase an epic to win the match 3-2 at the US Open back in 2015.

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The 27-year old Russian Aslan Katasev shattered several records en route to the semi-finals and one of the highlights being the first man in the Open era to reach a semi-final on his Grandslam debut. Given the domination of the top 10 in the Grand slams, this record does promise to stand tall for quite a long time.

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Russian dominance at the Grand slams

Daniil Medvedev continued his domination by putting away Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets and in the process, the Russian has made it to his second-ever grand slam finals. He now joins the elite list of the Russain, becoming only the third Russian to feature in multiple Grandslams finals. 

The most being Marat Safin with 4 grand slams final appearances and Yevgeny Kafelnikov has been there on 3 occasions.

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In the march of glory, the rankings do not matter. This was once again proved by the Russian underdog- Aslan Karatsev, who before coming into this tournament was ranked outside the 100, 114 to be exact. 

In the extended list of records broken, he added another one by becoming the second-lowest ranked Men’s player to make it to the semis of a Grandslam. Any guesses on the lowest ever?

Well, It is Goran Ivanisevic (ranked 125) at the Wimbledon in 2001, who went on to win the Wimbledon final defeating Patrick Rafter in the finals. He is still the only Men’s Singles player to win the Wimbledon as a wildcard.

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The 39-year old Serena Williams reached her 40th grand slam semi-final after managing to defeat the World no.2 Simona Halep in straight sets. But her attempt to level with Margaret Court on the most number of Grand slams by a Woman player was thrashed by the Japanese World no.3 at the semi-finals. Only two Women players have played more semi-finals than Serena at the Grand slams. Any guesses?

Many of you would have indeed guessed it right. They are Chris Evert of USA and Martina Navratilova of the USA with 52 and 44 semi-finals appearances respectively.

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When it comes to the Australian Open, it has been the World no.1 Novak Djokovic who has been stamping authority for the last 2 years and has a staggering 8 AO titles to his name. The 33-year old is on a 19-match win streak at the AO, the last tasting defeat back in 2018 in the hands of Hyeon Chung of South Korea. 

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Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

If at all Novak Djokovic has a weakness, it would be considered his serve. The Serbian is someone who is not known for his aces or heavy serves but this Australian Open to everyone’s surprise and also to his own surprise, he notched up 23 aces against the German Alexander Zverev. The 33-year old leads the aces to count now with 100 and his opponent at the finals Daniil Medvedev has 74 to his name. 

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Serena Williams
Serena Williams

The 39-year old Serena Williams joined the elite club along with Roger Federer for the most wins at majors with 362 wins by a player in the Open Era. Who do you think will reach the record mark of 363 first?

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Novak Djokovic is inarguably one of the greatest returners of the tennis ball and as an opponent, you have a zero margin of error against the Serbian. Djokovic as usual has punished his opponents on their second serve, winning 127 points on second serve returns. The other finalist Medvedev is next on the list with 103.

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Naomi Osaka
Noami Osaka 

Naomi Osaka thrashed Serena Williams in straight sets to make it to the finals of the Australian Open 2021 and now is just one game away from claiming her 4th grand slam title. En route, the 23-year old managed to become only the 3rd woman in the Open Era to win each of her first four quarter-finals at Grandslams, after defeating Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan in straight sets.

Osaka is also currently on a 20 match win streak. What better way to extend the lead by claiming her 4th title? Do you think she can?

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The World No.1, Novak Djokovic dominates the list with yet another record to his name and this time it is the dominating number of matches he has won at the Australian Open. The Serbian has an impressive winning percentage of 91% at the Australian Open winning 81 matches out of the 89. 

Though he does dominate the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have some impressive tournament records. Nadal holds a mind-blowing record of 100-2 (98%) at the Roland Garros. While Federer has managed to win 101 out of 114 (88%) matches at Wimbledon.

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Djokovic has made it to yet another final and this marks his 28th Grandslam finals. The Serbian is now tied with Rafael Nadal and only behind the Swiss veteran Roger Federer, who has been there on 31 occasions.

That brings our insight into the Australian Open 2021 stats and records of the quarter-finals and semi-finals to a conclusion. Stay tuned with Sportco. for more intriguing stats and numbers. Which was your favorite number among these?

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