April 7th, 2011
07:33 PM ET

Hot Djokovic still short of game's best winning streaks

Novak Djokovic has had a formidable start to 2011 winning 24 straight matches.
Novak Djokovic has had a formidable start to 2011 winning 24 straight matches.

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic's victory over world number one Rafael Nadal in the final of the Miami Masters extended his winning streak in 2011 to 24 matches.

Djokovic has now won four titles this year, including the first major of the year – the Australian Open. His winning run is impressive but it's not on my list of the best winning streaks in tennis – at least not yet!

Here are my top five:

5. John McEnroe – The seven-time major singles champion won 39 straight matches at the start of the 1984 season. The streak was snapped by Ivan Lendl in a dramatic five-set French Open final – a defeat which McEnroe says still haunts him to this day.

4. Steffi Graf – The German great had an incredible 17-year career – but her standout 12 months was in 1988 when she not only won all four major titles, but also claimed an Olympic gold medal in what is known as a 'Golden Grand Slam.' It hasn't been done since.

3. Pete Sampras – 'Pistol Pete' finished as men's world number one for six consecutive years – an amazing run, which not even Roger Federer has managed.

2. Roger Federer – The Swiss maestro was the model of consistency as he reached 23 straight major semifinals and was on top of the world rankings for a record 237 weeks in a row.

1. Martina Navratilova – If you think Djokovic's winning streak is good, imagine winning 74 matches on the bounce! Martina somehow managed it in 1984. It's the longest winning tennis streak in history and surely will never be broken!

There are so many other great tennis streaks – including Martina's six straight Wimbledon Championships and Roger Federer and Bjorn Borg's five. Federer also won five straight at the US Open while Steffi reached thirteen consecutive major singles finals!

Which are your favorite?

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  1. Nettler

    Candy Reid, next time just try not to add pears and apples together

    April 7, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  2. Miryana

    if Mr Novak was from any West country he would be The best but becouse he is from East Europe we do not want tosee how amzing he realy is !!!
    Novak is The Best and your opinion ans comparables are silly..

    Spoer should not be cofused w the politics !

    April 8, 2011 at 1:33 am | Reply
  3. Jagannath Joshi

    I would rate Steffi and Roger are the most impressive winning run they had in their career. Now expecting one from Nadal ! But overall my favorite is Pete Sampras!

    April 8, 2011 at 1:48 am | Reply
  4. Tennisnut

    Ok, but. None of the above had to do it against Nadal and Federer being their opponent. The above mentioned are two of the best players in game ever, that said Novak's feat is that much greater. So is the fact that Lendal's 26 game streak at the beginning of a season did NOT include a grand slam at the time.

    April 8, 2011 at 9:08 am | Reply
  5. Nenad

    What have you, Candy Reid, done in your life to give you the right to trash somebody's sucess?

    .. and remember that Djokovic's strike is still not finished. When it finishes, you can compare him with others.

    April 8, 2011 at 10:37 am | Reply
  6. Michael

    Your article is based on false analogy. Comparing apples and oranges is inappropriate, simply because they exist in the same medium (fruits).
    One point only has sense. It is #5 John McEnroe run. All other is not comparable and belongs to different categories of tennis game. You made me laugh when you put Martina into equation.I know she feel like a man, but you went too far.
    You must be deeply disturbed by Djokovic successful run. This is the only reason I can think that made you write such a garbage.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:32 am | Reply
  7. Jobby

    Interesting article; I'm not sure where all the hostility in the comments is coming from, maybe those people should read it again.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  8. Max

    Djoko is great but remember that Del Potro is just around the corner.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  9. kibo

    lol, silly, silly man. Oh, you want to talk about streaks? heheheheheh
    And than throw in some women in there as well, ahahahahahahahah

    April 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  10. Alan Partridge

    This article reminds me of one written by my favorite radio Norwich DJ.

    April 9, 2011 at 4:08 am | Reply
  11. Eric

    Roger Federer
    Steffi Graf
    Bjorn Borg

    Keep going Candy.Your blogs are fun!

    April 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  12. Iceman

    @ Tennisnut McEnroe's 42 win streak also didnt't include GS at the time. Besides, like someone has already mentioned, none of those streaks included 5 matches vs players such as Federer and Nadal who are among 3 best players of all time.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:03 am | Reply
  13. gregorio

    Those are all great streaks, especially Roger's semi streak. Since clay court season is upon us, how about also mentioning Nadal's 81 straight matches won on clay, the most consecutive matches ever won on any surface.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  14. Vladimir,Sarajevo

    OK Guys,You are all correct....Still, Nole is streeming upwards...And that is the fact...Let's wait..let's wait...

    April 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Reply

    Vilas won 50 straight including French Open.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  16. jerryb

    Interesting blog, great research. Can't understand some of these comments, Nettler can't even get his fruits right.
    Keep up the good work Candy!

    April 13, 2011 at 11:23 am | Reply
  17. manfid

    all around vilas had the best winning streak.
    federer hard court streak and nadal clay streak are also worth telling

    April 20, 2011 at 7:00 am | Reply
  18. Tim

    Esther Vergeer is on a 400+ match winning streak. Her last loss came back on the 30th January 2003, which included a streak of 250 consecutive sets won.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:13 am | Reply
  19. cheaphotelsinhollywoodca

    Djokovic is best player in world.I love him


    May 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  20. peter

    djokovic since i dont have your phone number i can't talk to you and assure you with so many unbeatable facts that you are the best player in the world and that you can most definitly and without any doubt have and extend your unbeatable record i can only hope that you are smart enough to continue winning and not let anything mess with your mind

    June 1, 2011 at 2:14 am | Reply
  21. DjokovicFan

    djokovic,nadal federed – ths list is now and for next 10 yeard.
    Go Joker 🙂

    August 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply

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