5.) Rod Laver (18) – 1969 Australian Open
The legendary Rod Laver started the romance of Australians at their home tournaments, winning his 8th Grand Slam title and his 3rd home title at the 1969 Australian Open. Laver completed the Grand Slam that year, winning all four Grand Slam tournaments in the year, becoming the first in the Open Era to do so. Laver dropped 3 sets, and went on to win the tournament, but there were a few tussles he was part of, including an epic five-setter against countryman Tony Roche in the semifinals 7-5, 22-20, 9-11, 1-6, 6-3. Mind you… These matches didn’t have tiebreaks! He also beat six-time Australian Open Champion Roy Emerson on the way. Certainly a dominating result for a player who continued his dominance for the rest of the season. Legend.
Other players to win a Grand Slam in few sets include:
18 – Guillermo Villas – US Open, 1977
19 – Johan Kriek – Australian Open, 1982
19 – Jimmy Connors – US Open, 1976
19 – Ilie Nastase – French Open, 1973
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