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Top 35 records/achievements of the Open Era (My list)

Inspired by Johnny's list
I've made a list of what I consider to be the most remarkable 35 records and achievements of Tennis players in the Open Era. It's a little hard to explain how I've ranked them, but this is pretty much personal opinion.
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35. Winning streak of 66 matches on carpet.
Held by Ivan Lendl

34. Reaching 8 consecutive US Open finals.
Held by Ivan Lendl

33. Winning streak of 65 matches on grass.
Held by Roger Federer

32. Winning streak of 56 matches on hard court.
Held by Roger Federer

31. Winning streak of 46 matches.
Held by Guillermo Vilas

30. Winning at least one title for 15 consecutive years (and counting).
Held by Roger Federer

29. Winning streak of 81 matches on clay.
Held by Rafael Nadal

28. Winning 5 Masters titles in one season.
Held by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal

27. Having a 96.47% winning percentage in one season.
Held by John McEnroe

26. Winning at least 10 titles on each of the 3 surfaces: Hard court, grass and clay.
Held by Roger Federer

25. Winning 24 finals in a row.
Held by Roger Federer

24. Having a 92.98% winning percentage on clay.
Held by Rafael Nadal

23. Winning the same Masters tournament (Monte Carlo) 8 consecutive times.
Held by Rafael Nadal

22. Having an 83.33% career winning percentage.
Held by Rafael Nadal

21. Reaching 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarter finals.
Held by Roger Federer

20. A total of 109 career titles.
Held by Jimmy Connors

19. Winning 6 World Tour Finals/Year End Championship titles (and counting).
Held by Roger Federer

18. Reaching the finals of all 4 slams in 3 different years.
Held by Roger Federer

17. Winning 5 Australian Open titles (and counting, including 3 straight).
Held by Novak Djokovic

16. Winning 5 US Open titles.
Held by Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer (still counting)

15. Winning a Career Golden Grand Slam
Held by Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal

14. Reaching 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi finals.
Held by Roger Federer

13. Winning 27 Masters titles (and counting)
Held by Rafael Nadal

12. Making 18 finals out of 19 Grand Slam tournaments, 10 of them being consecutive.
Held by Roger Federer

11. Holding the World #1 ranking for a total of 287 weeks (and counting).
Held by Roger Federer

10. Winning at least one Grand Slam for 10 consecutive years.
Held by Rafael Nadal (still counting)

9. Winning 3 consecutive RG-Wimby doubles (while winning each at least 5 times overall).
Held by Bjorn Borg

8. Winning all 4 Grand Slams in one year (Calendar Year Grand Slam).
Held by Rod Laver

7. Winning 3 out of 4 Grand Slams in 3 different years.
Held by Roger Federer

6. Six consecutive years as year-end World #1.
Held by Pete Sampras

5. Winning 7 Wimbledon titles.
Held by Pete Sampras, Roger Federer (still counting, including 5 straight)

4. Holding the World #1 ranking for 237 consecutive weeks.
Held by Roger Federer

3. Winning 9 French Open titles (and counting) including 5 straight (also counting), and a 59-1 match record.
Held by Rafael Nadal

2. Winning 17 Grand Slam titles (and counting).
Held by Roger Federer

1. Winning 5 consecutive titles in two different Grand Slams.
Held by Roger Federer


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Re: My Top 26 records/achievements of the Open Era

regarding 24, he skipped Monte Carlo so he didn't win five in a row.

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regarding 24, he skipped Monte Carlo so he didn't win five in a row.
Maybe he was refering to mandatory masters.
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Re: My Top 26 records/achievements of the Open Era

Top achievement should be the 17 GS titles.

The current greatness league of active players in order of achievements to date (a factual comparison rather than fan biased assessment):

Federer 17 GS, 6 Year End Masters, 24 Master Series.
Nadal 14 GS, 27 Master Series, 1 Olympic Gold.
Djokovic 9 GS, 4 Year End Masters, 24 Master Series.


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Re: My Top 26 records/achievements of the Open Era

Top achievement should be 23 consecutive semis. That one just beggars belief, it's the only one I can't possibly imagine getting broken in my lifetime.
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Top achievement should be 23 consecutive semis. That one just beggars belief, it's the only one I can't possibly imagine getting broken in my lifetime.
I can understand that...This is truly amazing. But I don't know, seems weird to place it ahead of records about consecutive Slam titles. To be honest, Isner's record of 100 and something aces in one match is also very unlikely to be broken, but it's just not the same.


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I wonder which records the players would wish to hold.

The current greatness league of active players in order of achievements to date (a factual comparison rather than fan biased assessment):

Federer 17 GS, 6 Year End Masters, 24 Master Series.
Nadal 14 GS, 27 Master Series, 1 Olympic Gold.
Djokovic 9 GS, 4 Year End Masters, 24 Master Series.


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Top achievement should be 23 consecutive semis. That one just beggars belief, it's the only one I can't possibly imagine getting broken in my lifetime.
absolutely this. imo this record is the most impressive. this record is just insane.
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Re: My Top 26 records/achievements of the Open Era

you gotta put laver's higher up man

even in this homogenized era no one can do it

the 23 SFs is one of those stats that the average tennis fan won be instantly impressed with but any tennis pro is blown away by- (just playing 23 slams straight is legendary in itself)

nadal hasnt even played 14 consecutive slams!!!!

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you gotta put laver's higher up man

even in this homogenized era no one can do it


the 23 SFs is one of those stats that the average tennis fan won be instantly impressed with but any tennis pro is blown away by- (just playing 23 slams straight is legendary in itself)

nadal hasnt even played 14 consecutive slams!!!!
3 surfaces (hard, clay, grass, hard) > 2 surfaces (grass, clay, grass, grass)
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Djoker's streak is more impressive than Vilas's

Congrats to Roger Federer on his 17th record breaking GS title and becoming the best player that ever played on grass and breaking number 1 record.You deserve it Roger
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18/19 finals should be there. Much more impressive than the semifinal streak.
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Djoker's streak is more impressive than Vilas's
Negative, his legitimate streak is actually 74.

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But he lost 23 times against you.
's right. We have to also throw into the mix. But I do not think it is currently the decisive factor. But he has achieved in my opinion too much. Maybe this is crucial if I move him even closer after major victories. But 14 or 17 Grand Slam titles is a significant difference. At the present time there is no question that he must be the greater player than me.

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18/19 finals should be there. Much more impressive than the semifinal streak.
This^. Also, I think Fed's two surface winning streaks should be in the list somewhere as well. He holds the record for most consecutive wins on grass (65), and most consecutive wins on hard (56).
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18/19 finals should be there. Much more impressive than the semifinal streak.
True. I'll update soon. I missed it because it's not a consecutive record, thanks to a certain Serbian character

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you gotta put laver's higher up man

even in this homogenized era no one can do it

the 23 SFs is one of those stats that the average tennis fan won be instantly impressed with but any tennis pro is blown away by- (just playing 23 slams straight is legendary in itself)

nadal hasnt even played 14 consecutive slams!!!!
If anything, the CYGS is overrated IMO. You might think I say so because Federer doesn't have it, but I do think that winning 2-3 Slams for many years (like Fed) or being the undisputed king of a surface for your entire career (like Rafa) is more impressive than having one brilliant season.

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Djoker's streak is more impressive than Vilas's
Why?
And btw, Even if there is more than one great streak, I don't put two achievements from exactly the same 'category' in the list. For example, Fed's 20 Masters aren't up there, even though they are close to Nadal's 21.

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This^. Also, I think Fed's two surface winning streaks should be in the list somewhere as well. He holds the record for most consecutive wins on grass (65), and most consecutive wins on hard (56).
Perhaps, although Nadal's streak on clay (81) is more impressive then both of those two. I'll consider it.


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