The best of the Australian Open
As the Australian Open celebrates its 100-year anniversary, ESPN analyst Dick Enberg lists some of the most interesting players and moments of the tournament.
DICK ENBERG'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN TOP 5 LISTS*
* with assistance from Paul McNamee, the Australian Open CEO, tournament chairman and former No. 1 doubles player in the world
TOP 5 MEN
2. Ken Rosewall -- youngest (18 years old) and oldest (37) men's champ.
3. Andre Agassi -- winningest American, with four titles.
4. Don Budge -- first to complete the Grand Slam (in 1938).
5a. Jack Crawford -- Australia's first superstar; was in six consecutive finals (1931-36), winning four.
5b. Roy Emerson -- won record five in a row, six total, but majority in the '60s, when professionals such as Laver and Rosewall were banned.
TOP 5 WOMEN
1. Margaret Court -- won a record 11 titles, including the one in 1970, which gave her the Grand Slam.
3. Steffi Graf -- won four titles, including the one in 1988, part of her Golden Slam (four majors and Olympic gold).
4. Maureen Connolly -- in 1953, the teenaged American completes the Grand Slam, the first by a woman.
5. Evonne Goolagong -- Australian aborigine played in seven of eight consecutive finals, winning four.
TOP 5 MEN'S MATCHES
2. 1988 final: Mats Wilander vs. Pat Cash -- In first final at Melbourne Park, Wilander prevails, 8-6, in fifth set to win, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6.
3. 1995 quarterfinal: Pete Sampras vs. Jim Courier -- Sampras, carrying emotional weight of the serious illness of his coach, Tim Gullickson, comes back from two sets down to win, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
4. 2003 quarterfinal: Andy Roddick vs. Younes El Aynaoui -- In a sensational marathon match, Roddick prevails, 4-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 21-19.
5. 1975 final: John Newcombe vs. Jimmy Connors -- Newk, the No. 2 seed, defeats top seed Connors, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6.
TOP 5 WOMEN'S MATCHES
2. 1984 quarterfinal: Helena Sukova vs. Martina Navratilova -- The seemingly unbeatable Navratilova, with six consecutive Slam wins, is denied the calendar Grand Slam as Sukova registers one of the most stunning upsets ever, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7.
3. 1996 quarterfinal: Chanda Rubin vs. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario -- Rubin scores an upset with a dramatic 6-4, 2-6, 16-14 marathon win.
4. 1993 final: Monica Seles vs. Steffi Graf -- Seles wins her third consecutive title, defeating Graf, who had won three times, as well, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 (in 1996, Seles would return after her stabbing in Germany to win her fourth championship, most by a U.S. woman).
5. 1981 final: Martina Navratilova vs. Chris Evert -- In one of the most closely contested finals in their spirited rivalry, Navratilova wins the first of her three Australian championships, defeating top seed Evert, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5.