I see Fed had a losing streak of 9 straight
. Although it was back when he was a bit of a headcase.
I think Rafa's longest losing streak was in 2009 when he lost to Nole in SF of Paris Bercy then lost all three RR matches at the WTF that year. That's probably(to my knowledge) the only time, in his career, that Rafa went beyond a 1/2 match losing streak.
Does anyone know what's the longest losing streak Nole and Murray have ever been on?
Really interesting question - would love to know. Nadal's WTF streak is also slightly exceptional in that he was facing top 8 players - usually if you keep losing in the first rounds of events you're not facing players of that calibre so it's worse to have a streak of 4/5 in normal events than 4/5 where 3 were on consecutive days to fellow top 10ers.
9 for Fed? How old was he?! That's kind of hard to believe. Don't think Murray or Novak would reach that surely - even at Challenger level you'd think they'd be too talented not to get a 1R win at some point.
Nadal's helped by his early success - he never really struggled on the Challenger tour or got humiliated badly by older players for a long time - the fact that he could qualify for MC as a 16 yr old and beat the reigning RG champion seems ridiculous now when someone like Harrison, at 20, winning a 1R Masters match is seen as a big achievement.
What was the last 1R loss Fed/Nole/Murray had? Nadal's was Dodig at Rogers Cup last year I think - technically 2R but first match for him - and that was the first time in a few years.