Ranking the 10 Greatest Australian Open Champions in History

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Ranking the 10 Greatest Australian Open Champions in History
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With Novak Djokovic shooting for his fourth straight men's Australian Open title and Serena Williams going for her sixth women's Australian Open crown, it's time to rate the greatest Australian Open champions in history.

This year's Australian Open, which begins Jan. 13, represents the 46th Australian Championship to be played in the Open Era.

Our rankings are based primarily on Australian titles won in the Open Era, since the title specifies Australian Open champions. However, success in the pre-Open Era, overall fame and other factors came into play in a few cases.

You will note that such standouts as Bjorg Borg, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Billie Jean King are not on the list. Many of the top players did not play in the Australian Open during a significant portion of their prime years.

The one current star who failed to make the top 10 is Rafael Nadal, who has but one Australian Open title but may add more.

We chose five men and seven women to make up our list of the 10 greatest Australian Open champions, although we hedged a bit by posting a three-way tie for the final spot.

 

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