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11-18-2005, 05:33 AM

Ivan Ljubicic may have had some tough matches in finals this year but he is among some elite company in getting to so many finals in one year. Not many players have ever gotten to 8 finals in one season. Below is a list of players who have lost at least 4 finals in one year which includes most of the elite players in the Open Era.

Note: in the early and mid 70s, there was a better chance for multiple players to get a bunch of finals since there were two tours being played simultaneously.

* denotes a player won a slam that year

PLAYER...................YEAR................FINAL S LOST...............TITLES WON

Brian Gottfired..........1977.......................10.. ..........................5

Arthur Ashe.............1973.........................7... .........................2

Ilie Natase...............1976........................7 .............................6

Jimmy Connors..........1977........................7.... ........................8

Ivan Lendl...............1984.........................7 ............................3*

Mats Wilander..........1985.........................7.. ..........................3*

Rafael Nadal.............2011........................7... ..........................3*

Arthur Ashe.............1974.........................6... .........................3

Jimmy Connors..........1975........................6.... ........................9*

Stefan Edberg..........1989.........................6.... ........................2

Yevgeny Kafelnikov....1996........................6....... .....................4*

Ivan Lendl...............1983.........................6 ............................7

Ivan Ljubicic.............2005........................6 ............................2

John McEnroe..........1980.........................6... .........................8*

Manuel Orantes........1973.........................6..... .......................4

Manuel Orantes........1976.........................6..... .......................7

Patrick Rafter...........1997........................6.... .........................1*

Raul Ramirez............1978.........................6. ...........................2

Guillermo Vilas..........1981.........................6..... .......................3

PLAYERS THAT HAVE LOST 5 FINALS IN ONE SEASON

Andre Agassi.......................... 1998

Arthur Ashe............................ 1971

Bjorn Borg.............................. 1974

Michael Chang........................ 1995, 1996

Novak Djokovic.........................2009

Stefan Edberg.........................1990

Wojtek Fibak.......................... 1976

Vitas Gerulaitis........................ 1975

Tim Gullickson......................... 1978

Goran Ivanisevic..................... 1996

Rod Laver.............................. 1971

Ivan Lendl..............................1981, 1982

Peter McNamara...................... 1982

Carlos Moya........................... 1997

Illie Nastase............................1974

Tom Okker............................. 1971

Manuel Orantes...................... 1974, 1975

Adriano Panatta.......................1975

Cedric Pioline.......................... 1992

Raul Ramirez........................... 1975

BrianTeacher.......................... 1980

Eliot Teltscher........................ 1980

Guillermo Vilas.........................1977, 1979, 1982

PLAYERS THAT HAVE LOST 4 FINALS IN ONE SEASON

Andre Agassi.......................... 1995

Boris Becker........................... 1990, 1995

Sergui Bruguera ......................1993, 1997

Arthur Ashe............................ 1975

Bjorn Borg.............................. 1973

Michael Chang........................ 1995, 1996

Jose Luis-Clerc....................... 1978

Jimmy Connors.........................1979, 1982, 1986

Guillermo Coria......................... 2004

Jim Courier..............................1992

Eddie Dibbs.............................1976, 1979

Stefan Edberg.........................1986, 1987, 1988

Roger Federer...........................2006, 2007, 2008, 2010

Wojtek Fibak.......................... 1977

Vitas Gerulaitis........................ 1977

Brad Gilbert............................ 1987

Tim Gullickson......................... 1978

Tim Henman........................... 1999

Goran Ivanisevic..................... 1990, 1994, 1998

Nicolas Kiefer......................... 2004

Jan Kodes............................. 1971, 1975

Petr Korda............................. 1992

Rod Laver.............................. 1971

Chris Lewis.............................1981

Felix Mantilla...........................1996

Todd Martin............................1993

Peter McNamara...................... 1982

Carlos Moya........................... 1997

Illie Nastase............................1971, 1972, 1975

Tom Okker............................. 1971

Manuel Orantes...................... 1977

Adriano Panatta.......................1975

Victor Pecci Sr.........................1979

Cedric Pioline.......................... 1992

Marian Puerta.......................... 2000

Raul Ramirez........................... 1975

Marcelo Rios........................... 1997

Andy Roddick.......................... 2004

Pete Sampras......................... 1991, 1995, 2001

Bill Scanlon............................. 1982

Tomas Smid........................... 1984

Roscoe Tanner........................ 1975, 1976

BrianTeacher.......................... 1980

Eliot Teltscher........................ 1980

Guillermo Vilas..........................1980, 1983

Mats Wilander..........................1987

Note: in the early and mid 70s, there was a better chance for multiple players to get a bunch of finals since there were two tours being played simultaneously.

* denotes a player won a slam that year

PLAYER...................YEAR................FINAL S LOST...............TITLES WON

Brian Gottfired..........1977.......................10.. ..........................5

Arthur Ashe.............1973.........................7... .........................2

Ilie Natase...............1976........................7 .............................6

Jimmy Connors..........1977........................7.... ........................8

Ivan Lendl...............1984.........................7 ............................3*

Mats Wilander..........1985.........................7.. ..........................3*

Rafael Nadal.............2011........................7... ..........................3*

Arthur Ashe.............1974.........................6... .........................3

Jimmy Connors..........1975........................6.... ........................9*

Stefan Edberg..........1989.........................6.... ........................2

Yevgeny Kafelnikov....1996........................6....... .....................4*

Ivan Lendl...............1983.........................6 ............................7

Ivan Ljubicic.............2005........................6 ............................2

John McEnroe..........1980.........................6... .........................8*

Manuel Orantes........1973.........................6..... .......................4

Manuel Orantes........1976.........................6..... .......................7

Patrick Rafter...........1997........................6.... .........................1*

Raul Ramirez............1978.........................6. ...........................2

Guillermo Vilas..........1981.........................6..... .......................3

PLAYERS THAT HAVE LOST 5 FINALS IN ONE SEASON

Andre Agassi.......................... 1998

Arthur Ashe............................ 1971

Bjorn Borg.............................. 1974

Michael Chang........................ 1995, 1996

Novak Djokovic.........................2009

Stefan Edberg.........................1990

Wojtek Fibak.......................... 1976

Vitas Gerulaitis........................ 1975

Tim Gullickson......................... 1978

Goran Ivanisevic..................... 1996

Rod Laver.............................. 1971

Ivan Lendl..............................1981, 1982

Peter McNamara...................... 1982

Carlos Moya........................... 1997

Illie Nastase............................1974

Tom Okker............................. 1971

Manuel Orantes...................... 1974, 1975

Adriano Panatta.......................1975

Cedric Pioline.......................... 1992

Raul Ramirez........................... 1975

BrianTeacher.......................... 1980

Eliot Teltscher........................ 1980

Guillermo Vilas.........................1977, 1979, 1982

PLAYERS THAT HAVE LOST 4 FINALS IN ONE SEASON

Andre Agassi.......................... 1995

Boris Becker........................... 1990, 1995

Sergui Bruguera ......................1993, 1997

Arthur Ashe............................ 1975

Bjorn Borg.............................. 1973

Michael Chang........................ 1995, 1996

Jose Luis-Clerc....................... 1978

Jimmy Connors.........................1979, 1982, 1986

Guillermo Coria......................... 2004

Jim Courier..............................1992

Eddie Dibbs.............................1976, 1979

Stefan Edberg.........................1986, 1987, 1988

Roger Federer...........................2006, 2007, 2008, 2010

Wojtek Fibak.......................... 1977

Vitas Gerulaitis........................ 1977

Brad Gilbert............................ 1987

Tim Gullickson......................... 1978

Tim Henman........................... 1999

Goran Ivanisevic..................... 1990, 1994, 1998

Nicolas Kiefer......................... 2004

Jan Kodes............................. 1971, 1975

Petr Korda............................. 1992

Rod Laver.............................. 1971

Chris Lewis.............................1981

Felix Mantilla...........................1996

Todd Martin............................1993

Peter McNamara...................... 1982

Carlos Moya........................... 1997

Illie Nastase............................1971, 1972, 1975

Tom Okker............................. 1971

Manuel Orantes...................... 1977

Adriano Panatta.......................1975

Victor Pecci Sr.........................1979

Cedric Pioline.......................... 1992

Marian Puerta.......................... 2000

Raul Ramirez........................... 1975

Marcelo Rios........................... 1997

Andy Roddick.......................... 2004

Pete Sampras......................... 1991, 1995, 2001

Bill Scanlon............................. 1982

Tomas Smid........................... 1984

Roscoe Tanner........................ 1975, 1976

BrianTeacher.......................... 1980

Eliot Teltscher........................ 1980

Guillermo Vilas..........................1980, 1983

Mats Wilander..........................1987