By Aglaia Staff

BAGHDATIS DESTROYS FOUR RACQUETS

It’s lucky Marcos Baghdatis doesn’t pay for his own gear. The Cypriot would have had an expensive day in the shop after his 2012 match against Stanislas Wawrinka. Having gone two sets down, he smashed the offending racquet before sitting down in his chair, considering his options and then calmly annihilating three more from his bag.

RANCESCA AND KUZI GO THE DISTANCE

A battle of attrition was always on the cards when wily veterans Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round in 2011. But no one could have imagined a 6-4 1-6 16-14 war that lasted four hours and 44 minutes and ended only when Schiavone finally claimed a three-hour final set. It remains the longest women’s grand slam singles match in history.

 


SAMPRAS’ EMOTIONAL 1995 QUARTER-FINAL

With his coach Tim Gullickson diagnosed with cancer during the tournament, Pete Sampras bravely took to the court but broke down numerous times throughout an enthralling encounter with Jim Courier. With Sampras weeping openly during the fifth set, Courier showed remarkable compassion by offering to finish the match the next day. Sampras continued, however, and went on to complete a remarkable comeback.

 

EDBERG ROLLS CASH IN FIVE

Pat Cash‘s 1987 bid to become the first Aussie to win the Open since 1976 looked dead in the water when Stefan Edberg took a two set lead in the final. Cash fought back to level the match, before the super Swede steadied to claim his second title in Melbourne and exact a bit of revenge for his defeat by Cash in the Davis Cup final the previous month.

 

SAFIN STOPS FED EXPRESS

It took 27 matches, a crook elbow and a sore back to bring down Roger Federer at the height of his powers in 2005, but Marat Safin finally did it in an epic five-set Australian Open semi-final. Having lost two of the previous three Open finals, Safin endured a Federer fifth-set fightback and needed seven match points, but he finally prevailed before going on to beat Lleyton Hewitt and claim the title.

 

WILDCARD DOKIC REACHES QUARTERS

Jelena Dokic finally conquered some of her injury demons and family affairs when she returned to Grand Slam tennis and reached the quarter-finals in 2009. Her first Grand Slam since 2006 yielded a third-round win over Caroline Wozniacki and it took a determined Dinara Safina three sets to end her dream run.

HINGIS SWEEPS ONTO SCENE

Australia loves a darling, and Martina Hingis captured our collective imagination when she became the youngest Grand Slam singles winner in the 20th century when she won the Open in 1997 at just 16 years and three months old.

 

STARS BAND TOGETHER

Sadly, the Australian summer of tennis often coincides with extreme weather events. But when mother nature strikes, the world’s elite players invariably put their hands up to help raise money. The sport’s biggest names came together to support the relief effort after the Queensland floods in 2011 and the Boxing Day tsunami in 2005, among others.

 

 
 The Top 15 Australian Open Moments
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