Re: Which Open Era slam win streak was most impressive?
I voted for Borg's Wimbledon streak. Not as dominant as Federer's streaks but the dude started out as a clay-courter for heaven's sake and won a fast grass tournament 5 years in a row; sometimes he steam-rollered the opposition and sometimes he had to draw on seemingly inexhaustible reserves of willpower. In 1976 he didn't lose a set all tournament, beating Gottfried, Vilas, Tanner, & Nastase in consecutive matches. In 1977 he beat Fibak, Nastase, Gerulaitis, & Connors to take the title, the last 2 matches being classic 5-setters, particularly the Gerulaitis semi. In 1978, after he'd come back from 2 sets to 1 down in the 1st round, his last 2 victims were Okker & Connors, both ruthlessly despatched in straight sets. In 1979 he beat Teacher, Okker, Connors, & Tanner, in 1980 Mayer, Gottfried, & of course McEnroe, his toughest match-up and one of the most talented grass-courters of all time, in one of the greatest matches of all time. And all this while he was utterly dominating Roland Garros.
Fed's U.S. Open streak is also extraordinary. In 2004 he beat Agassi, Henman, & Hewitt - all players who had recently owned him - to take the title, putting on one of the greatest performances the tournament has ever seen in the final. In 2005 he beat Nalbandian, Hewitt, & Agassi, in 2006 Blake, Davydenko, & Roddick, in 2007 Roddick, Davydenko, & Djokovic (all in straight sets), in 2008 Djokovic & Murray. In 5 finals he beat the best of his generation - Hewitt & Roddick -, the best of the generation before - Agassi -, and the best of the generation after - Djoker & Murray.
"There is no such thing as 'the world'." - Enoch Powell.