The first man to win a Grand Slam title in nine consecutive years?

There are four players who have won a GS title in eight consecutive years: Borg, Sampras, Federer and Nadal.

To put this acheivement into context, the next longest run is four years, which Lendl and Wilander both did in the mid-1980s.

This year, Nadal has three opportunities to break this four-way tie and claim the record for his himself by winning a GS in a ninth consecutive year. Having said that, knowing as we do the clear patterns of Nadal’s successes, if he were to follow failure at Roland Garros with success at Wimbledon or the US Open, we would be permitted to feel more than a bit surprised. Realistically, Roland Garros alone represents Nadal’s opportunity to break the record.

1. Borg

  1. 1974 French Open
  2. 1975 French Open
  3. 1976 Wimbledon
  4. 1977 Wimbledon
  5. 1978 French Open, Wimbledon (1)
  6. 1979 French Open, Wimbledon (2)
  7. 1980 French Open, Wimbledon (3)
  8. 1981 French Open

2. Sampras

  1. 1993 Wimbledon, US Open (1)
  2. 1994 Australian Open, Wimbledon (2)
  3. 1995 Wimbledon, US Open (3)
  4. 1996 US Open
  5. 1997 Australian Open, Wimbledon (4)
  6. 1998 Wimbledon
  7. 1999 Wimbledon
  8. 2000 Wimbledon

3. Federer

  1. 2003 Wimbledon
  2. 2004 Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open (1)
  3. 2005 Wimbledon, US Open (2)
  4. 2006 Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open (3)
  5. 2007 Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open (4)
  6. 2008 US Open
  7. 2009 French Open, Wimbledon (5)
  8. 2010 Australian Open

4. Nadal

  1. 2005 French Open
  2. 2006 French Open
  3. 2007 French Open
  4. 2008 French Open, Wimbledon (1)
  5. 2009 Australian Open
  6. 2010 French Open, Wimbledon, US Open (2)
  7. 2011 French Open
  8. 2012 French Open
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