Longest Winning Streaks in Men’s Tennis – Open Era
by Tom Gainey | May 28th, 2011, 6:49 pm

With Novak Djokovic just a week from tying one of the greatest records in men’s tennis, it’s worth looking at the longest men’s winning streaks we’ve seen in the Open Era.

After his win today Djokovic moved past Roger Federer and Bjorn Borg who each maxed out at 41 straight wins. Federer put his streak together in 2006-2007 from the US Open through the Australian Open.

Borg compiled his from the end of 1979 until the Spring of 1980, and he did it without playing a Grand Slam.

And by reaching 42 Novak ties John McEnroe’s streak in 1984. That run ended in the French Open final when Lendl beat him in five sets.

The man to beat is Guillermo Vilas who went 46 consecutive matches without losing in 1977. Vilas began his win streak in July running through the US Open and into the fall until he meet Ilie Nastase in a controversial loss.

But Vilas did his on one single surface – clay. Djokovic is doing it on hard courts and on clay and against a far deeper men’s tennis field.

And if Djokovic breaks the record and reaches 47, he’ll need a win on grass!

Will he do it? Thankfully we’ll know very soon.

Here are the records for the longest win streaks in men’s tennis Open Era:
46 Guillermo Vilas 1977
44 Ivan Lendl 1981-82
42 Novak Djokovic 2010-11 **
42 John McEnroe 1984
41 Roger Federer 2006-07
41 Bjorn Borg 1979-80
35 Roger Federer 2005
35 Thomas Muster 1995
32 Rafael Nadal 2008
31 Ivan Lendl 1985

** Through Saturday, May 28

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4 Comments for Longest Winning Streaks in Men’s Tennis – Open Era

Kimmi Says:

lendl and federer are appearing twice in this list. which is not easy..

djoko is amzing right now..maybe he will pass vilas.

dave Says:

Roger Federer’s 41 straight wins is all the more amazing because it included winning two Grand Slams (US Open and Australian Open) as well as the tough World Tour Finals (he won all five matches against the world’s top 8 players). Djokovic suffered his last defeat at the 2010 World Tour Finals (against Federer). Djokovic lost earlier to Nadal. As long as Djokovic avoids practicing with Pete Sampras, he should be ok.

Skorocel Says:

“Federer put his streak together in 2006-2007 from the US Open through the Australian Open.”

Not quite. After the AO 2007, Federer also won Dubai (beating Youzhny in the final), and then lost to Canas in his 1st match at IW.

Rock Says:

Federer Won most of the Matches in Hard court and Indoor. Djokovic won the matches in Hard Court, Indoor and Clay. He Won Federer 3 times and Clay king Nadal 4 times (2 Hard, 2 Clay) Which is not a esay thing to do. Federer never defeated Nadal continuosly two times on clay.So, Djokovic record is best as said by John McEnroe.

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