Most Australian Open Men's Singles Wins Tennis List Ranked
Which men’s tennis players have the most Australian Open Singles Championships Wins in the Open Era?
- Novak Djokovic - 9 Wins
- Roger Federer - 6 Wins
- Andre Agassi - 4 Wins
- Ken Rosewall - 4 (All-Time) 2 Wins (Amateur Era) 2 Wins (Open Era)
- Rod Laver - 3 (All-Time) 2 Wins (Amateur Era) 1 Wins (Open Era)
- Mats Wilander - 3 Wins
- Boris Becker - 2 Wins
- Jim Courier - 2 Wins
- Stefan Edberg - 2 Wins
- Johan Kriek - 2 Wins
- Ivan Lendl - 2 Wins
- Rafael Nadal - 2 Wins
- John Newcombe - 2 Wins
- Pete Sampras - 2 Wins
- Guillermo Vilas - 2 Wins
1. Novak Djokovic
Fresh off the loss of his first Grand Slam final to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic played his first Australian Open in 2008. He defeated Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in four sets. In 2011, he won a second time playing Andy Murray. He successfully defended this title the next two years against Rafael Nadal and then Murray again. Following a loss to Nadal, Djokovic returned to win two more Australian Opens against Murray in both 2015 and 2016. After three years of failing to make the final round, he then won the 2019, 2020, and 2021 titles playing Nadal, Dominic Thiem, and Daniil Medvedev. At nine titles, Djokovic holds the record for most Australian Open Men’s Singles wins.
2. Roger Federer
Roger Federer won his first Australian Open playing Marat Safin in 2004. In 2006, he won his second against Marcos Baghdatis and successfully defended the title against Fernando Gonález the next year. After three years of winning Grand Slams elsewhere, Federer returned in 2010 to beat Andy Murray in three quick sets. Besides a single Wimbledon win, he then entered a seven-year rut of barely placing into the final rounds of major tournaments. In 2017, Federer won at last against Rafael Nadal in five contentious sets. In 2018, he won his sixth and last title against Marin Čilić, giving him the second most men’s singles wins in Australian Open history.
3. Andre Agassi
With two Grand Slam tournament wins already, Andre Agassi won his first Australian Open title in 1995 against Pete Sampras in four sets. Five years later, he returned and won a second time playing Yevgeny Kafelnikov, again in four sets. In 2001, Agassi successfully defended his title against Arnaud Clément in three short sets. In 2003, he won a fourth and final title playing Rainer Schüttler. Though he never played in an Australian Open final again, Agassi left a permanent mark on the tournament’s long history.
4. Ken Rosewall
As a tennis legend, Ken Rosewall left a significant impact on the Australian Open. In 1953, he played and won his first Grand Slam title there, playing Mervyn Rose in three quick sets. In 1955, he made it to the finals again and won against Lew Hoad in three sets as well. Rosewall failed to win another Australian Open for the next 15 years. In 1971, he made his triumphant return and beat Arthur Ashe for the title. The following year, Rosewall returned and won his fourth Australian Open singles title against Malcolm Anderson in three hard-won sets.
5. Rod Laver
In 1960, Rod Laver won his first Australian Open singles title, playing Neale Frasier in five long sets (5–7, 3–6, 6–3, 8–6, 8–6). After failing to defend his title against Roy Emerson the next year, Laver returned in 1962 to defeat Emerson in four sets (8–6, 0–6, 6–4, 6–4). In the same year, he also won every other Grand Slam tournament. After six years of not partaking in any major finals, Laver won his third title against Andrés Gimeno in three sets. In 1979, Laver thus retired with two official Australian Open titles in the Amateur Era and one at the beginning of the Open Era.
6. Mats Wilander
After winning the French Open the previous year, Mats Wilander won his first Australian Open in 1983. In the match, he defeated Ivan Lendl in three short sets (6–1, 6–4, 6–4). The following year, he successfully defended his win against Kevin Curren in four contentious sets (6–7, 6–4, 7–6, 6–2). The next year, Wilander lost his title against Stefan Edberg and entered a short period of no major wins. In 1988, he returned and won his third and final Australian Open men’s singles win against Pat Cash in five long sets (6–3, 6–7, 3–6, 6–1, 8–6).
7. Boris Becker
With four Grand Slam titles already under his belt, most of them at Wimbledon, Boris Becker played his first Australian Open in 1991. In the match, he played Ivan Lendl and won in four sets (1–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4). After five years of almost-wins at Wimbledon and no other Grand Slam final participation, Becker played in an Australian Open final only once more. Against Michael Chang, he won a second title in four quick sets (6–2, 6–4, 2–6, 6–2). Though he never made it to another Grand Slam championship, Becker retired with a successful track record, especially at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
8. Jim Courier
In 1992, a year after a French Open win and a US Open loss, Jim Courier played his first Australian Open. In the match, he played Stefan Edberg and won in four sets (6–3, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2). The following year, Courier successfully defended his title against Edberg again in four sets (6–2, 6–1, 2–6, 7–5). This made his second Australian Open men’s singles title. After 1993, Courier slowed his participation in Grand Slam tournaments and focused mainly on playing doubles. In 2000, he retired with his greatest past successes at the Australian Open.
9. Stefan Edberg
Stefan Edberg played in his first Grand Slam tournament final at the 1985 Australian Open. In the match, he faced Mats Wilander and won in three short sets (6-4. 6-3. 6-3). In 1986, the date of the Australian Open was changed from December to January, so Edberg actually defended his title in 1987. In that match, he defeated Pat Cash in five long sets (6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 5–7, 6–3). In 1990, 1992, and 1993, Edberg made it to the finals but ultimately lost. Three years later, he retired with two total Australian Open men’s singles wins.
10. Johan Kriek
Though many great tennis players have touched the legacy of the Australian Open, one of the most unique participants was Johan Kriek. Though he never made it past the semifinals of any other Grand Slam tournament, Kriek got to the Australian Open finals for the first time in 1981. In the match, he played Steve Denton and won in four arduous sets (6–2, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4). The following year, Kriek returned to defend his title and played Denton yet again. He won in three quick sets (6-3. 6-3. 6-2). Though he never got to the later rounds of any major tournament, Kriek retired with two Australian Open wins.
11. Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl played his first Australian Open final in 1983. He played Mats Wilander but unfortunately lost in three sets (1–6, 4–6, 4–6). Six years later, Lendl returned with six other Grand Slam tournament wins. In that 1989 match, he faced Miloslav Mečíř and won in three short sets (6-2, 6-2, 6-2). The following year, Lendl defended his title against Stefan Edberg. In the first set, Lendl lost 4-6, but then he came back in the second set to win 7-6. In the third set, when Lendl was in the lead 5-2, Edberg was forced to retire due to injury and forfeited the match. This gave Lendl his second and final win.
12. Rafael Nadal
In 2009, Rafael Nadal played his first Australian Open final against fellow legend Roger Federer. After five contentious sets, Nadal secured his first win (7–5, 3–6, 7–6, 3–6, 6–2). Three years later, he took to the finals stage again and narrowly lost to Novak Djokovic, again in five sets (7–5, 3–6, 7–6, 3–6, 6–2). Over the next few years, Nadal continued to appear in the finals but failed to win, first against Stan Wawrinka in 2014 and then against Roger Federer in 2017. In 2022, thirteen years after his first win there, Nadal won his second title in the Australian Open against Daniil Medvedev in five sets (2–6, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 7–5).
13. John Newcombe
After winning four Grand Slam tournaments, John Newcombe played in his first Australian Open final. In the 1973 match, he faced Onny Parun and won after four arduous sets (6–3, 6–7, 7–5, 6–1). In the next year, Newcombe hoped to defend his title but was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Ross Case. In 1975, he came back and made it to the finals once again. In the match, Newcombe defeated Jimmy Connors in four sets (7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6). The next year, he failed to defend his title against Mark Edmonson but was able to ultimately retire with two Australian Open wins.
14. Pete Sampras
With two US Open wins and a Wimbledon title, Pete Sampras played his first Australian Open final in 1994. In the match, he faced Todd Martin and won in three sets (7–6, 6–4, 6–4). The following year, Sampras attempted to defend his title but lost to Andre Agassi after five long sets (6–4, 1–6, 6–7, 4–6). Two years later, in 1997, he came back to the Australian Open final at last and won against Carlos Moyá in three quick sets (6-2, 6-3, 6-3). Though he would win five other Grand Slam titles, Sampras retired with only two Australian Open wins.
15. Guillermo Vilas
Fresh off a French Open loss, Guillermo Vilas played his first Australian Open final in 1977. He played Roscoe Tanner and unfortunately lost in three sets 3-6, 3-6, 3-6. The next year, with a French Open and US Open title under his belt, Vilas returned and won against John Marks in four sets (6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3). In 1989, he made it to the final again and successfully defended his title against John Sadri in three sets (7–6, 6–3, 6–2). Though he never participated in another Australian Open final, Vilas retired with two men’s singles wins and an exceptional track record.