Australian Open 2019: Potential new records, Roger Federer 100 career titles, Serena Williams, Novak

Two 37-year-olds are two of the leading contenders once again at the 2019 Australian Open; dual defending champion Roger Federer and the returning Serena Williams, who won last time she was in Melbourne (and while pregnant at the time).Throw in Rafael Nadal (32 but close to his career’s end) and the resurgent Novak Djokovic (31), and it’s the same old story at Melbourne Park.Thankfully, it’s a story fans never get sick of.With these greats in mind, here are some of the records they and a few others could set at this season’s opening grand slam.CIRCUS OZ: TOMIC SLAMMED OVER MATCH-WINNING SERVE AS KYRGIOS CLASH ENDS IN FARCE Roger Federer can raise the bat this January, with the chance to become the second man ever to reach 100 career titles.Federer currently sits on 99, ten behind Jimmy Connors, but could make it a clean 100 with an Australian Open championship.If he does that, Federer will also become the first man to win seven Australian Open titles.But Novak Djokovic, who is currently tied with Federer on six wins and comes in as world No.1, can do the same.Roy Emerson also sits on six.If Federer wins in 2018, he will join Djokovic as the only men in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian Open titles.Despite winning twice deep into his career at Melbourne Park, Federer isn’t yet the oldest Australian Open winner ever.Ken Rosewall was 37 years and 63 days old when he won the 1972 Australian Open at Kooyong.If Federer wins on January 27, he will be 37 years, five months and 20 days old.Current women’s No.1Simona Halep could be passed by as many as nine other players for the top WTA ranking by the end of the Australian Open.To have any chance of passing Halep (6642 points as of January 10): – Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Wozniacki must win the Australian Open title; – Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and Kiki Bertens must reach the final; – Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova must reach at least the semi-finals; – Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka must reach at least the quarter-finals.Their chances will then all depend on how Halep performs.The two contenders to be No.1in the ATP rankings after the Australian Open are current leader Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.Djokovic is currently on 9135 points and Nadal is on 7480; there are 2000 points on offer for the winner.Therefore Djokovic will be No.1at tournament’s end unless he fails to reach the fourth round and Nadal wins the championship.If Nadal wins the Australian Open, he will become the first man in the Open era to complete a double career grand slam.Nadal would also move to 18 grand slam titles, two behind Roger Federer’s 20, while with a win Djokovic would move past Pete Sampras and move into outright third with 15.The GOAT, Serena Williams, already holds the crown for most grand slam titles in the Open era with 23.However she can match Margaret Court for the overall record with a win at the Australian Open.

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