Great video: Vilas vs Nastase, Aix en Provence 1977.

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  1. Vegito

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    How many more wins for Vilas?

    If it hadn't been for that spagetti string match - how much longer would have Vilas winning stretch been. Does anyone know how many more matches did Vilas win in a row after that loss?

    (I Kind of don't count this match because of the racket Nastase was using).
     
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    In 1977 Vilas match record was 145-14.
    7 titles; Kitzbuhel, Washington DC, Louisville, S. Orange, Columbus, USOpen, and Paris.

    This is what I've got form another TW poster;
    In 1977, starting on the 11th July, Vilas won 5 tournaments in 6 weeks (28 consecutive matches). He then had 2 weeks off before winning the US Open, and then immediately went to Argentina to play his 2 Davis Cup singles rubbers against Australia, both of which he won.

    Less than a week later, Vilas won yet another tournament and the week after that, got to the final of Aix-en-Provence, where his streak was controversially ended by Ilie Nastase using, a soon to be outlawed, spaghetti strung racquet. Vilas then won a tournament the week after that. That was Vilas' 8th tournament win in just 14 weeks.

    A month later, Vilas won another 4 tournaments in 4 weeks.
     
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    very interesting... even if i would have liked to see more of the "spaguetti" effect. ;)

    at the end, tiriac says that if vilas also played with this racquet, the ball would go in the crowd due to his topspin ! ;)
    (and he mentions 3 players that could take particularly advantage of it: vilas, borg and solomon)
     
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    Going into that spaghetti match, Vilas had won 46 matches in a row (the record streak). After the spaghetti match, Vilas won another 28 matches in a row before losing to Borg in the semi finals of the January 1978 Masters. So, if you ignore the spaghetti match, Vilas won 74 matches in a row. That's quite mind boggling.

    Vilas' clay-court streak was also affected. He held the record with 53 wins in a row on clay until Nadal beat it in 2006, but without the spaghetti match, Vilas' clay-court streak would have been 74 matches in a row. Nadal would have beaten it with his quarter final win over Djokovic at 2007 Rome. Nadal holds the current record of clay-court wins in a row with 81.
     
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