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Australian Open winners list: tournament's most successful players

Novak Djokovic is the most decorated player in the Australian Open men's singles tournament, while Margaret Smith Court holds the record title haul in the women's game.

Spain's Rafael Nadal holds the trophy after winning against Russia's Daniil Medvedev in their men's singles final match on day fourteen of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne early on January 31, 2022. (Photo by William WEST

Russia's Daniil Medvedev was chasing his first Australian Open men’s singles title in Sunday's final against Rafa Nadal, but the Spaniard came out on top to win his 21st major singles title.

Nadal claims 21st major singles title

US Open champion Medvedev raced into a two-set lead on Rod Laver Arena, and looked firmly on course to prevent the Spaniard from overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as the men’s game’s most successful player.

However, Nadal fought back in Melbourne to defeat Medvedev 2-6 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 and win his second Australian Open title in a thrilling battle lasting five hours and 24 minutes.

The 35-year-old has now moved above Federer and Djokovic with his 21st major title.

Djokovic the men's top dog at Australian open

Medvedev was back in the Australian Open final a year on from his 2021 defeat to Djokovic, who is the most decorated men’s player in the tournament’s history.

The Serb, who was unable to defend his 2021 title after Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelled the unvaccinated 34-year-old’s visa earlier this month, has won nine singles titles in Melbourne.

10 most successful men's singles players at Australian Open

PlayerTitlesYears won
1Novak Djokovic (SRB)92008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021
2=Roy Emerson (AUS)61961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967
2=Roger Federer (SUI)62004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018
4=Jack Crawford (AUS)41931, 1931, 1933, 1935
4=Ken Rosewall (AUS)41953, 1955, 1971, 1972
6Andre Agassi (USA)41995, 2000, 2001, 2003
7=James Anderson (AUS)31922, 1924, 1925
7=Arian Quist (AUS)31936, 1940, 1948
7=Rod Laver (AUS)31960, 1962, 1969
7=Mats Wilander (SWE)31983, 1984, 1988

Smith Court, Serena the most decorated women's players

Djokovic is followed in the all-time Australian Open rankings by Federer and Australia’s Roy Emerson, who have six men’s singles titles each.

In women's tennis, Australia's Margaret Smith Court is the Australian Open's most decorated singles player ever, having won the tournament 11 times.

With seven to Smith Court's four, American Serena Williams holds the record for the most women's singles titles in the Open Era.

On Saturday, Australia's Ash Barty beat the US' Danielle Collins in straight sets in the 2022 women's final to become the first home Australian Open singles champion since 1978.

10 most successful women's singles players at Australian Open

PlayerTitlesYears won
1Margaret Smith Court (AUS)111960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973
2Serena Williams (USA)72003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017
3Nancye Wynne Bolton (AUS)61937, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951
4Daphne Akhurst Cozens (AUS)51925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930
5=Evonne Goolagong (AUS)41974, 1975, 1976, 1977
5=Steffi Graf (GER)41988, 1989, 1990, 1994
5=Monica Seles (SRB)41991, 1992, 1993, 1996
8=Joan Hartigan Bathurst (AUS)31933, 1934, 1936
8=Martina Hingis (SUI)31997, 1998, 1999
8=Martina Navratilova (USA)31981, 1983, 1985

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