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Australian Open 2012: Top 10 Players Ever Who Failed to Win Epic Tourney

Delores Smith-JohnsonCorrespondent IIIJanuary 12, 2012

Australian Open 2012: Top 10 Players Ever Who Failed to Win Epic Tourney

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    For all those who take to the tennis courts during the year, their focus is going out and playing the best tennis possible that will hopefully yield a win.

    And when speaking of wins, there is none more prestigious than a Grand Slam.

    There's a special place that the Australian Open holds. It's the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, providing initial insight into how the field is shaping up for the upcoming tennis season.

    There are many who have come so close to winning, yet somehow they came up just a little short.

    Let's take an around-the-world, through-the-years, look at 10 of the best players ever (male and female) who do not have an Australian Open (Championships used prior to Open Era) singles title in their win column.

     

    Photo: Great Britain's pride, Andy Murray, comes into this tournament having reached the final in both 2010 and 2011. Will 2012 be his year to finally achieve an Australian Open singles title?

    Thanks to Wikipedia for the data presented in this slideshow.

Marcelo Rios

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    Country: Chile

    Best Australian Open Performance: Final

    Year: 1998

    Opponent: Petr Korda

    Match Length: three sets

Fernando Gonzalez

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    Country: Chile

    Best Australian Open Performance: Final

    Year: 2007

    Opponent: Roger Federer

    Match Length: three sets

Gabriela Sabatini

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    Country: Argentina

    Best Australian Open Performance: Semifinals

    Year: 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994

    Opponent: Steffi Graf, Mary Joe Fernandez, Monica Seles and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, respectively

    Match Length: all four matches were two sets long

Neale Fraser

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    Country: Australia

    Best Australian Championships Performance: Final

    Year: 1957, 1959 and 1960

    Opponent: Ashley Cooper, Alex Olmedo and Rod Laver, respectively

    Match Length: four, four, five (sets), respectively

Dinara Safina

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    Country: Russia

    Best Australian Open Performance: Final

    Year: 2009

    Opponent: Serena Williams

    Match Length: two sets

Michael Chang

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    Country: United States

    Best Australian Open Performance: Final

    Year: 1996

    Opponent: Boris Becker

    Match Length: four sets

Nell Hall Hopman

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    Country: Australia

    Best Australian Championships Performance: Final

    Year: 1939 and 1947

    Opponent: Emily Hood Westacott and Nancye Bolton, respectively

    Match Length: both were two sets long

John McEnroe

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    Country: United States

    Best Australian Open Performance: Semifinals

    Year: 1983

    Opponent: Mats Wilander

    Match Length: four sets

Venus Williams

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    Country: United States

    Best Australian Open Performance: Final

    Year: 2003

    Opponent: her sister, Serena Williams

    Match Length: three sets

Bjorn Borg

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    Country: Sweden

    Best Australian Open Performance: Third Round

    Year: 1974

    Opponent: Phil Dent

    Match Length: three sets

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