Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by Vegito, May 23, 2011.
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).
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.
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)
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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