10 Greatest streaks in Open era history

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  1. Agassifan

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    1. Federer 10 straight slam finals (winning 8 of them)
    2. Federer, 22 straight slam semis (losing to eventual winner in each)
    3. Federer, 65 straight wins on grass (5 wimbledons)
    4. Federer, 237 consecutive weeks @ No. 1
    5. Nadal, 81 straight wins on clay (2 french opens)
    6. Laver, 4 straight slams
    7. Sampras, 6 consecutive yearend No. 1s
    8. Nadal, Borg, 4 straight french opens
    9. Federer, 5 straight US Opens
    10. Federer, Borg, 5 straight wimbledons
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    - The only reason Rod laver is at 6 is because of the lack of variety in surfaces those days. If somebody does it now (unlikely), it will be the greatest feat in all of sports. Fed came closest 3 times.

    - IMO, 4 consecutive french opens > 5 consecutive wimbledons. Sustained domination at the french is harder.

    - 65 wins / 5 years / 5 wimbledons > 81 / 2 years / 2 french opens.

    I would like to see your lists and compile a consensus top 10.
     
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    You omitted Vilas' 46 match win streak in '77. Also I think 4 straight slams has to take precedent, especially considering Laver did it twice. Another one is Borg pulling the French-Wimbledon double 3 consecutive years.
     
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    I value slams more than rankings but for some reason Federer, 237 consecutive weeks @ No. 1 and Sampras, 6 consecutive yearend No. 1s really stand out to me as being insane or not being surpassed.
     
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  4. Blinkism

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    Didn't Don Budge win 6 slams in a row?
     
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    Open Era.

    Also, the list is my humble opinion. I would be interested to see how each of your lists look like.
     
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    one of 'em was not in the open era.
     
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    Oops, sorry about that!

    Does anyone know what the tournament winning streak is, like most tournaments in a row week-after-week?

    I remember hearing something about Lendl winning 6 tourney's in a row, but I have a feeling Federer might have this record now.
     
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    Federer won 7 tournaments in a row from 2006 US Open to 2007 Dubai. But I'm pretty sure Lendl and McEnroe both won 8 in a row at some point. Lendl also holds the record for most final appearances in a row with either 18 or 19, and Federer fell one short of that, too.
     
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    bolded part = Pure freash steamy crap...

    2. Federer, 22 straight slam semis (losing to eventual winner in each) -

    How is a "almost a streak" a streak (if you know what i mean)... this is just as important as wayne ferreiras consecutive slam apearences, even if he did get washed up in round one in some of them...

    3. Federer, 65 straight wins on grass (5 wimbledons)

    the name BORG rings you any bell?

    10. Federer, 5 straight wimbledons

    the name BORG rings you any bell?

    the rest is ok, with some diferent positions for me. laver comes first!
     
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    The last two I agree with, but if you don't think 22 consecutive Slam semis is impressive, you're out of your damn mind.
     
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    i have to put the 22 semis as my number 1.

    10 finals number 2.

    also somewhere in there, there should be the current 7 finals streak (and counting)
     
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    what do you mean "almost a streak"? it is a streak of 22 major semifinals in a row.
     
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    Some of Borg's streaks definately belong in here, but how can anyone compare Federer's semifinal streak with simple appearances?
    Even I could manage 22 straight slam appearances if I got 22 wildcards, but winning 22 times at least 5 matches is something very different.
     
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    especially when you think the previous record was 10 (lendl !). ;)

    the same lendl that says:
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    by the way, lendl's 9 straight finals at the masters cup is also a very impressive record ! (just to qualify 9 straight times is already amazing, so...)

    about roger, there's also his 24 consecutive finals won... that's big too !
    (previous record was 12, by borg and mac)
     
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    From Carsomyr's first link:
    Truth has never sounded more ridiculous.:lol:
     
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    The 22 straight semis (and counting) streak is the greatest. 10 straight finals will probably be broken eventually, hell, Fed's already at 7 again, as mentioned, so maybe he'll break it, but he'll never break his semis record, nor will anyone else in our lifetimes.
     
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    How about 7 straight Wimbledon finals followed by 6 straight US Open finals by Federer?

    Borg never made 7 straight Wimbledon finals, and although Lendl made 8 straight US Open finals, he didn't precede them with 7 straight Wimbledon finals.
     
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    ah yes but his since his 22 straight semis are still counting, he will continue to break it until he doesn't break it! :):)
     
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    I think Nadal's 81 match wins on clay is just as impressive as Fed's grass streak. Sure, Fed's lasted longer, but Nadal played more matches in his. Funny how they both stopped each other's streaks.

    Also, how is a 4 FO streak more impressive than 5 USOs or 5 Wimblys?
     
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    Yep, the Fed-Nadal rivalry is definitely the greatest IMO. They've taken away so many of each others possible achievements. Sure it must be great to have a good rival to help excel your game, but deep down I'm sure Nadal or Federer have always thought: "If <nad/fed> didn't exist, I'd have ALL the slams!" haha.
     
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    Fed's slam streaks are very well known.
    But 41 match streak from US open'2006 to Dubai'07 is also exceptional.
    He won USO, Tokyo, Madrid, Basel, Sanghai, AO and Dubai on the trot.
     
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    I'd put Nadals streak 2nd. his clay streak is the most impressive single winning streak in my opinion. just beaten by federer's grand slam statistics (I don't think more than 2 or 3 streaks here are necessary, the slam semi-statistics is the most increddible to me).

    and don't forget also previous streaks by borg if you want to include the open era.
     
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    Mrs. Agassi made 13 straight slam finals in 1987-90.
     
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    maybe...

    it's a matter of opinions. im not saying it's factual...

    what do you have to say about my Wayne Ferreira "streak" do you think it's a streak? is it impressive? if you say it's also impressive, then your opinion is coherent... if not you are giving me the reason.

    anyway, i can give you that it is an impressive statistic. i have trouble calling it a streak per se
     
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    Chris Evert won 125 straight clay court matches. She also won a GS title for 13 straight years. 34 consecutive GS semis.
     
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    true, but since you can't really compare womens tennis achievements to mens tennis, I think this thread is not about the other gender.
     
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    The most impressive record is Vilas 1977 : 46 matches won consecutively. And if he didn't loose against the spagehtti racket of Nastase, he would have won more !
     
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    I think Nadal's #2 streak is pretty impressive. Also his clay court records.

    "On Oct. 22nd, Rafa will receive a full-sized replica of the Trofeo Conde de Godo – the huge trophy given out for the Barcelona tournament. He’s being bestowed this honor because he’s the only player in the history of the tournament to win it five times"
     
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    Not to be mean, but if you mean ONLY men's tennis then it should be written in the OP or title. Let's not harken back to the old days where women's achievements were only valid "for a woman". As a female tennis player, Chris Evert's achievements are incredible. We can't help that we aren't 6'2" 185 pounds.
     
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  31. Fr4Nc0

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    idk, i think that federer's streak in grass is more impressive than nadal's in clay due to the shortness of the grass season and the REEEEEAAAAAALLLLYYYYY long clay season
     
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    Well, it was pretty impressive, but not the greatest streak. Vilas did it in one good year, not like Federer' 22 consecutive semifinals was done in more than 5 consecutive years. You just can't imagine that feat can be done by a human-being. That ****ing unbelievable streak.
     
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    Shouldn't it be the opposite then? Harder to keep consistent over a long season. Have one bad day and that's it.
     
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    Interesting. For comparison with RF's semifinal record, let's take from 2006 and beyond for Nadal since he was only a teenager in 2005.

    He has made 10/16 semifinals since January 2006. Two tournaments he missed with injury and he made 2 QF and 2 4R (1 2006, 2 2007 and 1 2009). 8/10 he went on to make final.

    The consecutive nature is what makes the record so great for RF. No real injuries, all-surface dominance.
     
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    Nadal' streak was unreal. Oh wait Mss Ledigs, how many of them was GS semifinals?
     
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    Huh? I'm only listing GS stats.
     
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    Oh, wow, that's pretty cool. Probably Nadal's biggest trophy, and it's also, sort of, his "hometown" tournament as the club where the tourney is played is his club and Barcelona is closest to Majorca in terms of ATP stops (also, the old Majorca ATP event merged with Barcelona.. and that's where Nadal played his first ATP matches)..

    So, definitely must have been a great moment for him.
     
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    Im sorry, didnt read your post carefully. But it wasn't a streak, right? Nadal longest streak was something like 5 in a row. Not good enough IMO.
     
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    I didn't say it was a streak. Sorry if I was not clear. I was just comparing RF's semifinal streak to his next closest competitor. Nadal went to 10/16 semifinals since 2006 but not in a row.
     
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    Enough of winning streaks---how about losing streaks? That would be Vince Spadea's 21 straight ATP first round losses, a record that may never be broken. (Well, Donald Young might try.) To me, Spadea isn't the GOAT, he's the LAMB! (Loser At Major Bumbling)
     
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    Actually your post is full of crap.

    2. At this day and age, the game is so physically demanding that it’s so difficult to stay healthy and continue to play high level. Just to make 22 consecutive slam appearances alone is impressive b/c so many players are unable to do it. For Federer to managed to reached all the semi for 5 and half years is incredibly remarkable.

    3. No, it didn’t ring a bell. When did Borg ever won 65 consecutive matches on grass?

    10. You are right, Borg did win 5 consecutive SW19. But Roger did it in the modern era while Borg’s feat was 30 years ago. Plus, Borg had a combined total of 7 matches that reached a 5 setter, Roger only had one match.
     
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    Good job agassifan. If I have to sqeeze in one player in your list I would put Lendl in there. He made 8 consecutive final at the USO.
     
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    How about winning 9 of 11 consecutive slams, with another final thrown in to boot? That's pretty dominating.
    But after winning the grand slam as an amature in '62, and having to await the dawn of the open era to compete again, Laver reached the finals of the French and took Wimbledon in '68 and then the grand slam again in '69. (Pro's were not allowed to compete yet in the '68 AU.)
     
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    Uhm, Winning 4 majors in a row is the BEST streak ever.

    Trust me - if someone ever does it again (or gets 3) - the USO will be the wildest ever.

    Tennis will be all over the news.
     
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    Open era records

    Yes, the OP's list is focused on the "now" and lacking the ladies...Chrissie's record of matches on clay should be here, plus some stuff from Steffi and Martina as well.

    On the men's side, some of Borgs records are overlooked (as has been noted), plus Ivan's (8 USO finals in a row), and connors (#tourneys, 3USO's on 3 diff surfaces), etc., etc. Even Andre's career slam is worthy of note...
     
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    I am not talking about the ladies. I had lendl's 8 USOs as #11. Career slam wasnt a streak.
     
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    If you are not talking about the ladies, you have to say "men's tennis". You can't just expect everyone to assume the only streaks worth talking about in "tennis" are men's streaks.
     
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    yes mirka... we all know how mighty fed is...

    now tell me..

    why is "the game is so physically demanding "? does your boyfreind play tennis "this day and age" with no cushion shoes and a wood bat?
     
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    So insensitive, Gorecki :)
     
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    You said that you felt Federer's other streaks were worthy of inclusion. According to your definition of the term, his 10 straight GS finals run isn't a "streak" either, if I'm to take that you believe it's not a streak if he loses.

    I think Ferreira's streak is impressive because it attests to his longevity, but Federer's streak attests to his longevity and remarkable consistency. As another poster said, Federer's victory over at least five opponents (except the couple of walkovers he's had) twenty-two times in a row at the big events is, as Lendl put it, obscene.
     
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