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Old 01-21-2013, 01:02 AM   #1
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Default History worth talking about?

Apparently, if Murray wins Australian Open he will be the first player to follow up with winning AO after winning its maiden Slam at the US Open. Ok, once you comprehend what it actually that I'm trying to say (took me a few minutes), could you explain the significance of this achievement? I was watching ES and the commentators kept talking about it (especially, G.Rusedski).

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Old 01-21-2013, 01:18 AM   #2
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After winning your first slam, winning second one straight away is almost impossible. Nadal, arguably the greatest player of all time, couldn't do it, so I don't see Murray doing it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:28 AM   #3
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Definitely worth talking about!
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:22 AM   #4
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Connors did it in 1974. He didn't play the FO from 1974-1978, so he won his first 3 slams back to back. AO, Wimbledon, USO, all in 1974. The next three slams he entered, he lost in the finals in 1975.
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The media hype on these "momentous" milestone achievements is mostly questionable. There are so many historical distinctions that exist in tennis, that sometimes I feel that their abundance makes more "worthy" distinctions less appreciated.

That being said, if Andy does win the AO, it would be a big deal in my opinion, especially considering his troubles winning one.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:25 AM   #6
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Just to confirm what you mean – so the player must win the USO as their first major then win the following Australian Open as their second major? Is this really a historical moment if it happens? It seems rather arbitrary. It's like saying a player wins the French Open as their third major then win the Australian Open as their fifth but only if they lose Wimbledon in between.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:30 AM   #7
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Just to confirm what you mean – so the player must win the USO as their first major then win the following Australian Open as their second major? Is this really a historical moment if it happens? It seems rather arbitrary. It's like saying a player wins the French Open as their third major then win the Australian Open as their fifth but only if they lose Wimbledon in between.
No, any slam.

So for example Fed won Wimbly 2003 as his first slam, but didn't go on to win the next slam, USO 2003. So he failed in ever gaining this monumental achievement.
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^ Ok, so the phrasing could have been reworded to say – a player's maiden slam is immediately followed by winning the next slam?
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Here is a list about this http://www.tennis28.com/slams/nextsl...n_summary.html
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Of all the possible consecutive first and second slam combos Murray has the easiest seeing as the US and Australian Opens are both on 'hard' and there is the off season to get some rest and prepare.
Murray also has the advantage of being the tenth oldest Major winner in the Open era and thus a lot of experience already at the Australian Open with two final appearances. It is more difficult as a 19 or 20 year old to follow up on an achievement like winning a slam.
It would be historic in the sense it is rare but how noteworthy it is is debatable.
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All Time – Winning their first and second majors consecutively:
1879/1880 John Hartley – Wimbledon is the only tournament
1920 Bill Tilden – Wimbledon and US Open
1925 Rene Lacoste – French Open and Wimbledon
1933/1934 Fred Perry – US Open and Australian Open
1937 Don Budge – Wimbledon and US Open
1950 Budge Patty – French Open and Wimbledon
1953 Ken Rosewall – Australian Open and French Open
1956 Lew Hoad – Australian Open and French Open
1967 John Newcombe – Wimbledon and US Open
Open Era – none
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So Nastase and Connors won their next slam after their maiden slam, but they skipped a slam in between. Nobody even made the Final on the very next slam. Djokovic with his Semi did better than Fed and Nadal of course.
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