Australian Open 2002
Thomas Johansson achieved success fairly late in his career when he was the surprise winner of the 2002 Australian Open. He made his Grand Slam debut at the same event eight years earlier, when he lost in the opening round. In 1996, Johansson led eventual champion Boris Becker by two sets to love before losing in five sets. At the 1998 US Open he beat Richard Krajicek and Yevgeny Kafelnikov to make it through to the quarters. There he had match points against Mark Philippoussis in an epic fifth set tie break but ended up losing. At the 2000 US Open he made the quarters before losing to Todd Martin in four sets. As many of the top seeds fell by the wayside, Johansson made his way quietly through the draw at the 2002 Australian Open. In the quarters he beat his compatriot Jonas Bjorkman in four sets and went on to beat Jiri Novak in the semis in five sets. In the final Johansson played superbly to beat former US Open champion Marat Safin in four sets. He became the first Swede since Stefan Edberg ten years earlier to win a Grand Slam title. Johansson remained a top 50 player but never hit the heights again. His best performance was aged 30 when he reached the semis of Wimbledon and put up a good performance before losing to Roddick in four sets.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Agassi 0-1, B.Becker 0-2, M.Chang 0-1, J.Courier 1-0, R.Federer 0-1, G.Gaudio 1-0, Y.Kafelnikov 2-1, R.Krajicek 1-0, P.Rafter 0-1, A.Roddick 0-3, M.Safin 1-1
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