Serbia vs. Scotland for Australian Open as USA/Australian Drought Continues

John Isner’s 18-week run in the Top 10 gave hope for the first Men’s Grand Slam since Andy Roddick in 2003. Bernard Tomic’s shocking upset of top-ranked Novak Djokovic early this month gave host Australians hope of their first Slam since Lleyton Hewitt won Wimbleton in 2002. Instead two countries that won ZERO titles from 1936 to 2003 while the US and Australia were winning 90 and 75 square off again.

Serbia had never won a Grand Slam in the history of tennis until Djokovic broke through just two years ago. If he wins Sunday night, it will make five of the last nine Grand Slams for him. While there is not a single American man in the top 10, Serbia also has the No. 9 player in Janko Tipsarevic and the 37th best player in Viktor Troicki.

Djokovic is the No. 1 and favorite Sunday after barely breaking a sweat in the semis.

Andy Murray finally defeated Roger Federer in a Grand Slam tournament to get the chance to face Djokovic. In last year’s US Open, Murray won the US Open to break a drought for Great Britain that went back to 1936, when Fred Perry took Wimbleton and the US Open.

The magnitude of the fall of the USA and Australia can only be shown by the fact that from the time of Perry’s Championships, the two countries had 65 and 50 more Men’s Grand Slams than the third place country, Sweden:

Men's Grand Slams between UK wins

1. USA 90 (none since 2003)

2. Australia 75

3. Sweden 25

4. Spain 21

5. Switzerland 17

6. Czech Republic 10

7. Germany 8

8. Argentina 5

9 (tie) France 4

9 (tie) Serbia 4 (all Djokovic last 2 years)

Year Australian Open French Open Wimbleton US Open
2013 Murray vs. Djokovic      
2012 SER Novak Djokovic SPA Rafael Nadal SWI Roger Federer UK Andy Murray
2011 SER Novak Djokovic SPA Rafael Nadal SER Novak Djokovic SER Novak Djokovic
2010 SWI Roger Federer SPA Rafael Nadal SPA Rafael Nadal SPA Rafael Nadal
2009 SPA Rafael Nadal SWI Roger Federer SWI Roger Federer ARG Juan Martín del Potro
2008 SRB: Novak Djokovic SPA Rafael Nadal SPA Rafael Nadal SWI Roger Federer
2007 SWI Roger Federer SPA Rafael Nadal SWI Roger Federer SWI Roger Federer
2006 SWI Roger Federer SPA Rafael Nadal SWI Roger Federer SWI Roger Federer
2005 RUS Marat Safin SPA Rafael Nadal SWI Roger Federer SWI Roger Federer
2004 SWI Roger Federer ARG Gastón Gaudio SWI Roger Federer SWI Roger Federer
2003 USA Andre Agassi SPA Juan Carlos Ferrero SWI SUI: Roger Federer USA Andy Roddick
2002 SWE Thomas Johansson SPA Albert Costa AUS Lleyton Hewitt USA Pete Sampras
2001 USA Andre Agassi BRA Gustavo Kuerten CRO: Goran Ivanišević AUS Lleyton Hewitt
2000 USA Andre Agassi BRA Gustavo Kuerten USA Pete Sampras RUS Marat Safin
1999 RUS Yevgeny Kafelnikov USA Andre Agassi USA Pete Sampras USA Andre Agassi
1998 CZE: Petr Korda SPA Carlos Moyá USA Pete Sampras AUS Patrick Rafter
1997 USA Pete Sampras BRA: Gustavo Kuerten USA Pete Sampras AUS Patrick Rafter
1996 Ger Boris Becker RUS: Yevgeny Kafelnikov NLD: Richard Krajicek USA Pete Sampras
1995 USA Andre Agassi AUT: Thomas Muster USA Pete Sampras USA Pete Sampras
1994 USA Pete Sampras SPA Sergi Bruguera USA Pete Sampras USA Andre Agassi
1993 USA Jim Courier SPA Sergi Bruguera USA Pete Sampras USA Pete Sampras
1992 USA Jim Courier USA Jim Courier USA Andre Agassi SWE Stefan Edberg
1991 GER: Boris Becker USA Jim Courier Ger Michael Stich SWE Stefan Edberg
1990 CZE Ivan Lendl ECU: Andrés Gómez SWE Stefan Edberg USA Pete Sampras
1989 CZE Ivan Lendl USA Michael Chang West Ger Boris Becker West Ger Boris Becker
1988 SWE Mats Wilander SWE Mats Wilander SWE Stefan Edberg SWE Mats Wilander
1987 SWE Stefan Edberg CZE Ivan Lendl AUS Pat Cash CZE Ivan Lendl
1986 no competition CZE Ivan Lendl West Ger Boris Becker CZE Ivan Lendl
1985 SWE Stefan Edberg SWE Mats Wilander GER: Boris Becker CZE Ivan Lendl
1984 SWE Mats Wilander CZE Ivan Lendl USA John McEnroe USA John McEnroe
1983 SWE Mats Wilander FRA Yannick Noah USA John McEnroe USA Jimmy Connors
1982 SAfr Johan Kriek SWE Mats Wilander USA Jimmy Connors USA Jimmy Connors
1981 SAF: Johan Kriek SWE Björn Borg USA John McEnroe USA John McEnroe
1980 USA Brian Teacher †† SWE Björn Borg SWE Björn Borg USA John McEnroe
1979 ARG Guillermo Vilas SWE Björn Borg SWE Björn Borg USA John McEnroe
1978 ARG Guillermo Vilas SWE Björn Borg SWE Björn Borg USA Jimmy Connors
1977 USA Roscoe Tanner ARG: Guillermo Vilas SWE Björn Borg ARG Guillermo Vilas
1977 USA Vitas Gerulaitis      
1976 AUS Mark Edmondson Italy Adriano Panatta SWE Björn Borg USA Jimmy Connors
1975 AUS John Newcombe SWE Björn Borg USA Arthur Ashe SPA Manuel Orantes
1974 USA Jimmy Connors SWE Björn Borg USA Jimmy Connors USA Jimmy Connors
1973 AUS John Newcombe ROM Ilie Năstase CZE Jan Kodeš AUS John Newcombe
1972 AUS Ken Rosewall SPA Andrés Gimeno USA Stan Smith ROU: Ilie Năstase
1971 AUS Ken Rosewall CZE Jan Kodeš AUS John Newcombe USA Stan Smith
1970 USA Arthur Ashe TCH: Jan Kodeš AUS John Newcombe AUS Ken Rosewall
1969 AUS Rod Laver AUS Rod Laver AUS Rod Laver AUS Rod Laver
1968 Last Amateur era tennis match Open era tennis begins AUS Rod Laver USA Arthur Ashe
1968 AUS William Bowrey AUS Ken Rosewall    
1967 AUS Roy Emerson AUS Roy Emerson AUS John Newcombe AUS John Newcombe
1966 AUS Roy Emerson AUS Tony Roche SPA Manuel Santana AUS Fred Stolle
1965 AUS Roy Emerson AUS Fred Stolle AUS Roy Emerson SPA Manuel Santana
1964 AUS Roy Emerson SPA Manuel Santana AUS Roy Emerson AUS Roy Emerson
1963 AUS Roy Emerson AUS Roy Emerson USA Chuck McKinley MEX: Rafael Osuna
1962 AUS Rod Laver AUS Rod Laver AUS Rod Laver AUS Rod Laver
1961 AUS Roy Emerson ESP: Manuel Santana AUS Rod Laver AUS Roy Emerson
1960 AUS Rod Laver Italy Nicola Pietrangeli AUS Neale Fraser AUS Neale Fraser
1959 USA Alex Olmedo ITA: Nicola Pietrangeli USA Alex Olmedo AUS Neale Fraser
1958 AUS Ashley Cooper AUS Mervyn Rose AUS Ashley Cooper AUS Ashley Cooper
1957 AUS Ashley Cooper SWE: Sven Davidson AUS Lew Hoad AUS Malcolm Anderson
1956 AUS Lew Hoad AUS Lew Hoad AUS Lew Hoad AUS Ken Rosewall
1955 AUS Ken Rosewall USA Tony Trabert USA Tony Trabert USA Tony Trabert
1954 AUS Mervyn Rose USA Tony Trabert EGY: Jaroslav Drobný USA Vic Seixas
1953 AUS Ken Rosewall AUS Ken Rosewall USA Vic Seixas USA Tony Trabert
1952 AUS Ken McGregor Egypt Jaroslav Drobný AUS Frank Sedgman AUS Frank Sedgman
1951 USA Richard Savitt EGY: Jaroslav Drobný USA Richard Savitt AUS Frank Sedgman
1950 AUS Frank Sedgman USA Budge Patty USA Budge Patty USA Arthur Larsen
1949 AUS Frank Sedgman USA Frank Parker USA Ted Schroeder USA Pancho Gonzales
1948 AUS Adrian Quist USA Frank Parker USA Bob Falkenburg USA Pancho Gonzales
1947 AUS Dinny Pails HUN: József Asbóth USA Jack Kramer USA Jack Kramer
1946 AUS John Bromwich FRA Marcel Bernard FRA Yvon Petra USA Jack Kramer
1945 NA NA NA USA Frank Parker
1944 NA NA NA USA Frank Parker
1943 NA NA NA USA Joseph Hunt
1942 NA NA NA USA Ted Schroeder
1941 NA NA NA USA Bobby Riggs
1940 AUS Adrian Quist NA NA USA Don McNeill
1939 AUS John Bromwich USA Don McNeill USA Bobby Riggs USA Bobby Riggs
1938 USA Don Budge USA Don Budge USA Don Budge USA Don Budge
1937 AUS Vivian McGrath Ger Henner Henkel USA Don Budge USA Don Budge
1936 AUS Adrian Quist GER: Gottfried von Cramm UK Fred Perry UK Fred Perry

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