I should begin the thread by stating outright that I’m a Nadal fan and hence biased towards appreciating his achievements over Federer and Djokovic. Recently, we have threads emphasising a player’s winning streaks over a particular surface/tournament/group of opponents. What confuses me is why this is understood to be a desirable record in the resume of your favourite tennis player. After all, if the total number of wins is kept constant then domination and consistency become two sides of the same coin. You can either have the victories concentrated together that we call domination (Federer and Djokovic having better multi slam seasons than Nadal) or spread out that we call consistency (Nadal’s record of winning at least one slam each year for many consecutive years). Since these two “qualities” can only come at the cost of the other, why not just focus on total accomplishments and not whether they were attained one after another or at consistent intervals?