Australian Open 1976
Mark Edmondson was the lowest ranked player ever to win a Grand Slam singles title. Playing in only the third Grand Slam event of his career at the 1976 Australian Open, the 21 year old Aussie defeated sixth seed Phil Dent and Dick Crealy to make it through to the semis, where he faced legend Ken Rosewall. Edmondson stunned Rosewall as he outpowered the old master in four sets. In the final Edmondson met another legend, defending champion John Newcombe. Edmondson out hit Newcombe with some blistering groundstrokes and big serves to win in four sets to claim his first Grand Slam title. Before the event Edmondson had been unranked even in his home state of New South Wales but he had proved himself worthy of a place amongst the game's elite. Defending his title the following year, Edmondson lost in the quarters to Rosewall. Then Edmondson's form dipped as he found that it was harder to stay at the top than to get there. He reached the semis of the 1981 Australian Open, where he lost to Johan Kriek and reached the semis at Wimbledon the following year, beating Vitas Gerulaitis before losing to Jimmy Connors. Edmondson played his last Grand Slam event at the Australian Open in 1987, where he lost in the third round.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Ashe 0-1, B.Borg 0-1, P.Cash 1-0, J.Connors 0-1, V.Gerulaitis 2-1, J.Kriek 0-1, J.Newcombe 1-0, K.Rosewall 1-1, G.Vilas 1-0
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