1.) Ken Rosewall (15 & 16) – 1971, 72 Australian Open
Home favourite, Ken Rosewall, defeated Arthur Ashe in straight sets in the final of the 1971 Australian Open final, and it marked the first time in the Open Era that a player had won a Grand Slam without dropping a single set. Having played just 15 sets, it seemed quite a remarkable record at the time, and even more so now. And while a few others may have achieved it in the subsequent years, the first time is always the first time. It can be argued that Rosewall’s record was easy to achieve because he had to play just five matches to win his tournament and that few rival professional played in the tournament. But he followed up his victory with another Australian Open title in the next year, this time just dropping one set en route to his win.
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