Does Connors have the best winning percentage at the Australian Open?

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  1. jimbo333

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    Out of the recognised tennis greats, does Connors have the best winning percentage at the Australian Open?

    He only lost once I think, any better records out there?
     
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    Hmmm.. Connors like many top pros of his day skipped the AO. He only has 1 AO title iirc.
     
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    Connors played the Australian Open only 2 times. He won it and was runner-up!!!

    I don't think any other "greats" can beat this record?
     
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    Agassi won it 4 out of 9 times and made it past the QF 7/9 times. Connors has a nice record the two times he played it, but Agassi's was a monster at the AO.

    Saying Connors has the best winning % based on 2 years is like saying a baseball player playing 2 years and finishing with a .360 batting avg. is a better hitter than say Ted Williams (assuming he finished at say .355). Longevity counts for something and 2 tourney years is not enough..IMO.
     
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    Very astute observation - really too bad Connors or Borg for that matter didn't play more AO's, because they would of added to their ' Grand Slam' titles for sure.
     
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    For players with at least 10 AO matches in the open era, Connors (11-1) has the best winning percentage at 91.7%. Next is Agassi (48-5, 90.6%), followed by Vilas (23-3, 88.5%) and Federer (47-7, 87.0%).

    Nadal is now 21-4 at the AO, by the way (84.0%).

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    In a way Borg, Mcenroe and especially Connors(missing the FO in his best years also) could have won a lot more grand slams. Comparing the greats with the knowledge that Sampras or Federer never missed the australian open or french open should be considered.
     
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    Thanks for working this out mate:)

    I honestly didn't know the answer!!!
     
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    Just played twice, don't count
     
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    I think when looking at GOAT contenders, a lot of people consider Grand Slam tournament wins as the most important stat. But in the 70's and early 80's the Australian Open was not important for many great players so they didn't play it!!!

    Imagine Borgs Grand Slam record if he had played Aus Open more than once? He would have probably won it about 3 times. And the same with Connors, I would guess about 3 times also. This would have raised their profile in the GOAT lists dramatically:)
     
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