Best Australian Open Performance: 2nd Round (2004, 2009)
Career prize money: $5,367,761 USD
Career high ranking: 8
Current ranking (31 Dec 09): 8
Write-up: The only Swede in the top 100 these days but his real claim to fame is his win over Rafael Nadal at the 2009 French Open. It is the only time Rafa has ever been beaten in that event. Federer beat Soderling in the final though. He’s got a nice little rivalry going with Nadal (he mocked the famous way Rafa picks his undies a few years back).
Nova knows him because: We probably wouldn’t look twice if he walked past us in the street. He’s done well at one French Open but who watches the French Open in Australia? And he’s yet to get past the 2nd Round in the Australian Open but we’ll back him for the 4th Round this year.