It has NEVER been any women semifinal in the Grand Slam history which has a Russian-Russian / US – US configuration (where Russians played each other and US did the same).
-when 2 Russians and 2 US players were in the SF, it was in 2009 in Wimbledon
(Serena Williams vs. Elena Dementieva and Venus Williams vs. Dinara Safina)
In the history of the Australian Championships, it NEVER happened that 2 Russian and 2 US players reached the SF at the same time.
-when 2 Russians played against each other in a SF at a Grand Slam, it was in 2009 at Aussie Open (Dinara Safina vs. Vera Zvonareva)
-when 2 US players faced to each other in a SF at a Grand Slam, it was in 2002 at US Open (Serena Williams vs. Lindsay Davenport, the coach of Madison Keys!)
This Aussie Open women’s final will be the 8th meeting between a Russian (or former USSR) and a US female player in the Grand Slam history:
1. 1974 RG (Chris Evert vs. Olga Morozova)
2. 1974 W (Chris Evert vs. Olga Morozova)
3. 2004 W (Maria Sharapova vs. Serena Williams)
4. 2007 AO (Serena Williams – Maria Sharapova)
5. 2009 AO (Serena Williams – Dinara Safina)
6. 2010 W (Serena Williams – Vera Zvonareva)
7. 2013 RG (Serena Williams – Maria Sharapova)
8. 2015 AO (Serena Williams/Madison Keys – Maria Sharapova/E.Makarova)
Every match was a 2setter!
6:1 W/L record for the US players
In Australia, in a Russian-US women’s final, ALWAYS the US players won.
Berdych – Murray
This is the FIRST time when a Czech (or former Czechslovakian) player will face a British player in the Semifinal in the history of Australian Championships.
This is the 3rd meeting between a Czech (or former Czechslovakian) player and a British player in a semifinal in the Grand Slam history:
1.1973 Wimbledon (Jan Kodes vs. Roger Taylor) 8-9 9-7 5-7 6-4 7-5
2. 2012 US (Andy Murray vs. Tomas Berdych) 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6(7)
3. 2015 AO (Tomas Berdych vs. Andy Murray)
This semifinal matchup will be Tomas Berdych’s 46th match (total) at the Aussie Open. This Aussie Open is Tomas Berdych’s 46th Grand Slam of his career.
3 of the last 4 Australian Open, Tomas Berdych lost from the champion of that year: 2011 – Djokovic in the QF, 2013 – Djokovic in the QF, 2014 – Wawrinka in the SF.
LAST time when a Czech (or former Czechslovakian) player won against a British player in a semifinal of a Grand Slam history, it was in 1973 (Kodes vs. Taylor at Wimbledon).
Djokovic – Wawrinka
Djokovic will play his 55th match (total) at the Aussie Open of his 220 Grand Slam matches of his career.
Wawrinka will play his 38th match (total) at the Aussie Open of his 127 Grand Slam matches of his career. He played the most matches (37-37) at the Aussie and the US Open.
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