Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, brought down the curtain with champions who will go down in history for their exploits: Rafael Nadal won his 21st Grand Slam title, the most for the men’s branch; and Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian to win the Australian Open in 44 years. But it will not be the only thing that this first major of 2022 will be remembered for, but rather that throughout its two weeks of competition, protagonists such as Danielle Collins Y Andy Murray They left touching scenes. Others like Carlos Alcaraz set records and rising stars like Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernández took apprenticeships.
The first “big” final for Danielle Collins
The 28-year-old American played her first Grand Slam final, a situation that will make her top 10 for the first time in her career. Until before the Australian Open, his best position in the ranking had been step 23 and his best progress in a Grand Slam was the semifinals, also in Australia, in 2019.
Emma Raducanu, with an early fall
The young champion of the last US Open she knocked out 2017 New York Grand Slam champion Sloane Stephens in the first round. However, the British revelation was unable to advance beyond the second round, where she lost to Montenegrin Danka Kalinic.
They surprised Leylah Fernández
Despite coming off a runner-up finish last September at the US Open, the 19-year-old Canadian fell in her first Grand Slam match of the year against Australian Maddison Inglis, ranked 133rd.
Andy Murray reappeared with victory
The former world number one returned to Australia three years after an emotional speech in which it was believed he would not compete again due to a hip operation that caused him to lose in the first round on that occasion. He missed the 2018 edition due to an injury, he did not attend in 2020 due to another injury, now in the pelvis, nor last year due to the pandemic. Five years after his last victory in Melbourne, he made it through the first round and fell in the second. It was the Scotsman’s 49th victory in the singles draw at the Australian Open and, according to the International Tennis Federation, it is the most wins in a singles event. Grand Slam without having won the title, exceeding Ivan Lendl’s 48 at Wimbledon.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is waiting for his first big title
The Greek fell in the semifinals of the Australian Open for the third time and continues the wait for his first Grand Slam title. The seven-time tour champion believes he will one day experience success in Melbourne.
Carlos Alcaraz reaches 10 Grand Slam wins
At the age of 18 years and eight months, the Spaniard became the youngest active tennis player in Australia to reach his first 10 Grand Slam victories, ahead of legends of the sport such as Rafael Nadal (18 years and 10 months) and Novak Djokovic (19 years and one month). In the general ranking of the Open Era, Alcaraz is the eighth youngest tennis player to achieve it. The Spaniard said goodbye in the third round when he fell against Matteo Berrettini, another of the rising youngsters.
Djokovic and Barty remain number one
The champion celebrates 113 weeks (more than two years) as number one and is four away from equaling Justine Henin, installed as the seventh player with the most weeks at the top of the women’s ranking. Another that remains at number one is Novak Djokovic, despite missing the Australian Open after being deported for failing to comply with the country’s strict Covid-19 vaccination rules.
Other movements in the women’s ranking
The champion of french openBarbora Krejcikova moved up one place, to third, after reaching the quarterfinals in Australia for the first time. Poland’s Iga Swiatek moved up five places to fourth after making her first major semi-final away from a clay court.
The men’s ranking remains almost intact
Daniil Medvedev he kept second place regardless of his result in the final.
Italy’s Matteo Berrettini is the only one to move after his first week inside the top 10, rising to a new career high of number six after reaching the semi-finals at Melbourne Park for the first time. Russia’s Andrey Rublev fell to seventh. Nadal remains fifth, behind the German Alexander Zverev and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.