Six Nations Championship Guide – 2017 Infographic

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The Six Nations Championship, the northern hemisphere’s premier rugby union tournament, gets underway. Reigning Grand Slam champions England will begin their campaign against France at Twickenham, hoping to continue their remarkable 13-match unbeaten streak of 2016. Elsewhere, opening weekend fixtures will see Scotland clash with Ireland at Murrayfield, and Italy take on Wales at the Stadio Olimpico.

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The “Big Four” Dominate at the Grand Slams

The Australian Open has its dream final. After the early exits of top seeds Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal seized the moment to make a run for the title. Not having played an official tour event since Wimbledon in July, Federer is perhaps the more surprising finalist of the two, but it was Nadal who had to pass the biggest test today, when he beat Grigor Dimitrov in a five-hour epic. Having faced each other in Grand Slam finals a record eight times in the past (Nadal leads 6-2), the tennis world is looking forward to witnessing another hopefully gripping final between the two friendly rivals.

Over the past decade, the Grand Slam tournaments have been utterly dominated by four players: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray won 44 of the past 50 Grand Slam titles in the men’s singles competition, with only three other players having been able to break their dominance and lift one of the four most important trophies in Tennis since (the long-retired) Marat Safin won in Melbourne in 2005.

This chart ranks active male Tennis players by the number of singles Grand Slam titles they have won so far.

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Can Serena Make it 23?

Former world number one Serena Williams kicked off her Australian Open campaign in style, beating the Swiss hopeful Belinda Bencic 6:3 6:4 on Tuesday. The No.2 seed Williams, formerly known to start tournaments off slow and get into the rhythm as they progress, couldn’t afford a slow start this time around, as Bencic posed a serious threat to Serena’s quest for a 23rd Grand Slam title. After all, Bencic had won their last encounter in Toronto two years ago.

Currently tied with Steffi Graf at 22 Grand Slam wins, Williams is on the brink of surpassing Steffi Graf to become the single most successful tennis player in the open era. As our chart illustrates, no active player is even close to matching Williams’ Grand Slam resume and should she finally reach 23 titles, it will likely be a record for the ages.

This chart ranks active female tennis players by the number of Grand Slam titles they won.

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