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Old 11-18-2005, 06:33 AM   #1
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Default RECORD for most finals lost in one season

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................FINALS 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

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Old 11-18-2005, 06:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: RECORD for most finals lost in one season: Ivan in good company.

Good company.... yes. But you always know that when you say that someone is "in good company," it means they're not nearly as good.
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Old 11-18-2005, 07:30 AM   #3
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Default Re: RECORD for most finals lost in one season: Ivan in good company.

interesting...

How many of those players also had the most finals won in a season?
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Old 11-18-2005, 07:35 AM   #4
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Default Re: RECORD for most finals lost in one season: Ivan in good company.

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

But he won the most important one - US Open!
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Old 11-18-2005, 11:42 AM   #5
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Default Re: RECORD for most finals lost in one season: Ivan in good company.

It is definitely good to get yourself in a position to win (that is, finale better than semifinale) but i would imagine ivan prefers the company of the nadals and Federers where he runs up a finales winning streak not losing streak . If it goes on, it becomes a mental thing later
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Default Re: RECORD for most finals lost in one season: Ivan in good company.

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interesting...

How many of those players also had the most finals won in a season?
All of them. Vilas, Nastase, Connors, JMAC, Lendl, Borg, etc...
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Default Re: RECORD for most finals lost in one season: Ivan in good company.

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It is definitely good to get yourself in a position to win (that is, finale better than semifinale) but i would imagine ivan prefers the company of the nadals and Federers where he runs up a finales winning streak not losing streak . If it goes on, it becomes a mental thing later
Sure and I hint at this in the first post. Aside from future results or how these losses affect him in the future, getting to 8 finals in one year is pretty impressive, even if he only won 2. Not doing well in the Slams and not winning one of the TMS events takes some of the luster off but still quite an achievement.
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interesting...

How many of those players also had the most finals won in a season?
In normal years in the past there were 2-4 players at the top of comparable ability who kept playing each other in finals sometimes winning sometimes losing. A lot of Borg, Connors, Mcenroe defeats would have been against each other. Only recently has 1 player started to win every final he appears in.
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well played bump good sir

i suppose making a final is better than not making one
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Nadal needs Djoker back on the tour pronto so he can climb higher up this list.
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damn you Gottfried

losing 10 finals in one season, you uber mug
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Wow Nadal is climbing fast...this is no.8 already.
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nah, nadal just has 7 but something tells me he wants to make a real statement in shanghai

we'll see
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Tying the record for most finals lost (except for some mug who wanted the record at 10 ), tying the record for fewest points won in a set (except for another mug who won 0 ), Nadull is a true spartan Not only is he destroying his legacy, he's not even making a new legacy as a loser because there's always one guy with an even worse record in history
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