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Vilas 50 wins in a row on clay in 1977.
 

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konyalikartal said:
I mean regardless of court type...
50 is the longest streak in modern tennis.
 

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konyalikartal said:
I know the Vilas streak was 53. Isn't it right? Were all these matches consecutive?
I have answered this question already.

Code:
Masters  USA 
GP 04 Jan 1978 to 08 Jan 1978 Entry : DA Carpet (O)  
SF L   Bjorn BORG (SWE)  3-6 3-6 

     
South African Open  South Africa GP 28 Nov 1977 to 06 Dec 1977 Entry : DA Hard (O)  
32 W   Onny PARUN (NZL)  1-6 6-2 7-5 
16 W   Jim DELANEY (USA)  6-1 6-1 
QF W   Peter FLEMING (USA)  7-6 0-6 6-4 
SF W   Stan SMITH (USA)  6-2 6-4 
FR W   Buster MOTTRAM (GBR)  7-6 6-3 6-4 

Buenos Aires  Argentina GP 21 Nov 1977 to 27 Nov 1977 Entry : DA Clay (O)  
32 W   Eric DEBLICKER (FRA)  7-6 6-2 
16 W   Ivan MOLINA (COL)  6-3 6-0 
QF W   Belus PRAJOUX (CHI)  6-3 6-2 
SF W   Hans GILDEMEISTER (CHI)  7-6 6-4 
FR W   Jaime Sr. FILLOL (CHI)  6-2 7-5 3-6 6-3 

     
Santiago  Chile GP 14 Nov 1977 to 20 Nov 1977 Entry : DA Clay (O)  
32 W   Paul MC NAMEE (AUS)  7-5 6-1 
16 W   Eric DEBLICKER (FRA)  6-3 6-4 
QF W   Gene MAYER (USA)  6-4 6-4 
SF W   Ricardo YCAZA (ECU)  6-1 6-1 
FR W   Jaime Sr. FILLOL (CHI)  6-0 2-6 6-4 

     
Bogota  Colombia 
GP 07 Nov 1977 to 13 Nov 1977 Entry : DA Clay (O)  
32 W   Ricardo CANO (ARG)  6-4 6-2 
16 W   Paul MC NAMEE (AUS)  7-5 7-6 
QF W   Ramiro BENAVIDES (BOL)  6-3 6-3 
SF W   Victor PECCI (PAR)  6-4 6-2 
FR W   Jose HIGUERAS (ESP)  6-1 6-2 6-3 

     
Tehran  Iran 
GP 03 Oct 1977 to 09 Oct 1977 Entry : DA Clay (O)  
64 W   Richard LEWIS (GBR)  6-4 7-5 
32 W   Vladimir ZEDNIK (TCH)  3-6 6-3 6-3 
16 W   Ion TIRIAC (ROM)  6-4 6-4 
QF W   Buster MOTTRAM (GBR)  6-1 6-2 
SF W   Wojtek FIBAK (POL)  6-1 7-6 
FR W   Eddie DIBBS (USA)  6-2 6-4 1-6 6-1 

     
Aix-en-Provence  France GP 26 Sep 1977 to 02 Oct 1977 Entry : DA Clay 
32 W   Lars ELVSTROM (DEN)  6-1 6-0 
16 W   Peter MC NAMARA (AUS)  1-6 6-4 6-3 
QF W   Jose HIGUERAS (ESP)  7-6 7-5 
SF W   Eric DEBLICKER (FRA)  6-4 6-7 6-7 6-3 6-1 
FR L   Ilie NASTASE (ROM)  1-6 5-7 RET 

     
Paris Outdoor  France GP 19 Sep 1977 to 26 Sep 1977 Entry : DA Clay (O)  
32 W   Deon JOUBERT (RSA)  6-0 6-2 
16 W   Jairo Sr. VELASCO (COL)  6-3 6-0 
QF W   Hans GILDEMEISTER (CHI)  6-1 6-2 
SF W   Patrick PROISY (FRA)  3-6 6-2 5-7 6-1 6-2 
FR W   Christophe ROGER-VASSELIN (FRA)  6-2 6-1 7-6 

     
DAVIS CUP - Inter-Zonal  Argentina 
DC 14 Sep 1977 to 16 Sep 1977 Entry :  Clay (O)  
W   Phil DENT (AUS)  6-2 4-6 7-5 6-3 
W   John ALEXANDER (AUS)  6-4 7-5 4-6 6-2 

     
U.S. Open  USA SL 31 Aug 1977 to 11 Sep 1977 Entry : DA Clay (O)  
128 W   Manuel SANTANA (ESP)  6-1 6-0 
64 W   Gene MAYER (USA)  6-3 6-0 
32 W   Victor AMAYA (USA)  6-3 6-3 
16 W   Jose HIGUERAS (ESP)  6-3 6-1 
QF W   Ray MOORE (RSA)  6-1 6-1 6-0 
SF W   Harold SOLOMON (USA)  6-2 7-6 6-2 
FR W   Jimmy CONNORS (USA)  2-6 6-3 7-6 6-0 

     
Columbus  USA GP 08 Aug 1977 to 15 Aug 1977 Entry : DA Clay (O)  
64 W   Keith RICHARDSON (USA)  7-6 7-5 
32 W   Nikki SPEAR (YUG)  6-4 6-2 
16 W   Brian FAIRLIE (NZL)  6-3 6-1 
QF W   Tim GULLIKSON (USA)  6-4 6-4 
SF W   Billy MARTIN (USA)  6-0 6-2 
FR W   Brian GOTTFRIED (USA)  6-2 6-1 

     
South Orange  USA GP 31 Jul 1977 to 08 Aug 1977 Entry : DA Clay (O)  
32 W   Colin DIBLEY (AUS)  6-4 6-1 
16 W   Peter FLEMING (USA)  6-1 6-7 6-1 
QF W   Jeff BOROWIAK (USA)  6-3 7-5 
SF W   John MCENROE (USA)  6-2 2-6 6-0 
FR W   Roscoe TANNER (USA)  6-4 6-1 

     
Louisville  USA GP 25 Jul 1977 to 01 Aug 1977 Entry : DA Clay (O)  
64 W   Frank GEBERT (GER)  4-6 6-2 6-3 
32 W   Tim GULLIKSON (USA)  6-3 6-3 
16 W   Brian FAIRLIE (NZL)  6-4 6-2 
QF W   Ion TIRIAC (ROM)  6-0 6-1 
SF W   Phil DENT (AUS)  5-7 6-2 6-1 
FR W   Eddie DIBBS (USA)  1-6 6-0 6-1 

     
Washington DC  USA GP 18 Jul 1977 to 25 Jul 1977 Entry : DA Clay (O)  
64 W   Larry GOTTFRIED (USA)  6-2 6-4 
32 W   Van WINITSKY (USA)  6-4 6-1 
16 W   Victor PECCI (PAR)  6-3 6-7 6-1 
QF W   Ricardo CANO (ARG)  6-2 6-3 
SF W   Eddie DIBBS (USA)  7-6 6-2 
FR W   Brian GOTTFRIED (USA)  6-4 7-5 

     
Kitzbuhel  Austria GP 11 Jul 1977 to 17 Jul 1977 Entry : DA Clay (O)  
32 W   Alvin GARDINER (AUS)  7-5 6-3 
16 W   Ramiro BENAVIDES (BOL)  6-1 6-3 
QF W   Buster MOTTRAM (GBR)  6-4 6-1 
SF W   Zeljko FRANULOVIC (YUG)  6-2 7-5 
FR W   Jan KODES (TCH)  5-7 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2
 

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The stats have it - 46 in a row, halted by Nastase in the final in Aix-en-Provence, by retirement. In other words, he didn't lose a completed match for the rest of 1977 after Wimbledon! Wasn't there some controversy about the new power racquet Nastase used for that match? Evidently that was the only way to stop Vilas on clay...
 

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Sjengster said:
The stats have it - 46 in a row, halted by Nastase in the final in Aix-en-Provence, by retirement. In other words, he didn't lose a completed match for the rest of 1977 after Wimbledon! Wasn't there some controversy about the new power racquet Nastase used for that match? Evidently that was the only way to stop Vilas on clay...
Yup, it was double braided, and basically deadened the ball to the effect of having your palm on the racquet face. It was banned the next day.
 

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But then what about this winning streak of Borg's in 1978? Don't forget, walkovers aren't counted as losses, so the two he had to give early on wouldn't have affected the streak. I make this 49 wins in a row, halted by Connors in the US Open final:


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U.S. Open  USA 
SL 28 Aug 1978 to 10 Sep 1978 Entry : DA Hard (I)  
128 W   Bob HEWITT (RSA)  6-0 6-2 
64 W   Heinz GUNTHARDT (SUI)  6-2 6-4 
32 W   Bernie MITTON (RSA)  4-6 6-4 6-2 
16 W   Harold SOLOMON (USA)  6-2 6-2 6-0 
QF W   Raul RAMIREZ (MEX)  6-7 6-4 6-4 6-0 
SF W   Vitas GERULAITIS (USA)  6-3 6-2 7-6 
FR L   Jimmy CONNORS (USA)  4-6 2-6 2-6 

     
Bastad  Sweden 
GP 17 Jul 1978 to 23 Jul 1978 Entry : DA Clay (I)  
32 W   Tony GIAMMALVA (USA)  6-1 6-0 
16 W   Bob CARMICHAEL (AUS)  6-0 6-0 
QF W   Chris LEWIS (NZL)  7-6 6-3 
SF W   Antonio MUNOZ (ESP)  6-4 6-1 
FR W   Corrado BARAZZUTTI (ITA)  6-1 6-2 

     
DAVIS CUP - Europe, Zone B  Sweden 
DC 14 Jul 1978 to 16 Jul 1978 Entry :  Clay (I)  
 W   Manuel ORANTES (ESP)  6-2 5-7 6-3 6-3 
 W   Jose HIGUERAS (ESP)  6-1 6-4 6-2 

     
Wimbledon  Great Britain 
SL 26 Jun 1978 to 08 Jul 1978 Entry : DA Grass (I)  
128 W   Victor AMAYA (USA)  8-9 6-1 1-6 6-3 6-3 
64 W   Peter MC NAMARA (AUS)  6-2 6-2 6-4 
32 W   Jaime Sr. FILLOL (CHI)  6-4 6-2 6-8 6-4 
16 W   Geoff MASTERS (AUS)  6-2 6-4 8-6 
QF W   Sandy MAYER (USA)  7-5 6-4 6-3 
SF W   Tom OKKER (NED)  6-4 6-4 6-4 
FR W   Jimmy CONNORS (USA)  6-2 6-2 6-3 

     
DAVIS CUP - Europe, Zone B  Yugoslavia 
DC 16 Jun 1978 to 18 Jun 1978 Entry :  Clay (I)  
 W   Zoltan ILIN (YUG)  6-0 6-0 6-2 
 W   Zeljko FRANULOVIC (YUG)  6-2 6-2 9-7 

     
French Open  France 
SL 29 May 1978 to 11 Jun 1978 Entry : DA Clay (I)  
128 W   Eric DEBLICKER (FRA)  6-1 6-1 6-1 
64 W   Rick FAGEL (USA)  6-0 6-1 6-0 
32 W   Paolo BERTOLUCCI (ITA)  6-0 6-2 6-2 
16 W   Roscoe TANNER (USA)  6-2 6-4 7-6 
QF W   Raul RAMIREZ (MEX)  6-3 6-3 6-0 
SF W   Corrado BARAZZUTTI (ITA)  6-0 6-1 6-0 
FR W   Guillermo VILAS (ARG)  6-1 6-1 6-3 

     
Rome  Italy 
GP 22 May 1978 to 28 May 1978 Entry : DA Clay (I)  
64 W   Ricardo YCAZA (ECU)  4-6 6-0 6-2 
32 W   Eric DEBLICKER (FRA)  5-7 6-2 6-0 
16 W   Roscoe TANNER (USA)  6-2 6-4 
QF W   Harold SOLOMON (USA)  6-2 6-1 
SF W   Eddie DIBBS (USA)  6-4 6-3 6-0 
FR W   Adriano PANATTA (ITA)  1-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-3 

     
WCT Finals  USA 
GP 09 May 1978 to 14 May 1978 Entry : DA Carpet (I)  
QF W   Dick STOCKTON (USA)  4-6 6-2 6-1 6-0 
SF L   Vitas GERULAITIS (USA)  W/O 

     
Rotterdam  Netherlands 
GP 03 Apr 1978 to 09 Apr 1978 Entry : DA Carpet (I)  
32 W   Louk SANDERS (NED)  6-2 6-3 
16 W   Antonio ZUGARELLI (ITA)  6-1 6-2 
QF L   Ilie NASTASE (ROM)  W/O 

     
Milan  Italy 
GP 27 Mar 1978 to 02 Apr 1978 Entry : DA Carpet (I)  
32 W   Tomas SMID (TCH)  6-3 6-0 
16 W   Zeljko FRANULOVIC (YUG)  6-0 6-0 
QF W   Adriano PANATTA (ITA)  6-3 6-3 
SF W   Stan SMITH (USA)  6-7 6-0 6-2 
FR W   Vitas GERULAITIS (USA)  6-3 6-3 

     
TOC Las Vegas  USA 
GP 20 Mar 1978 to 26 Mar 1978 Entry : DA Carpet (I)  
16 W   Rod LAVER (AUS)  6-4 6-2 
QF W   Tony ROCHE (AUS)  6-4 6-2 
SF W   Cliff DRYSDALE (RSA)  6-4 6-5 
FR W   Vitas GERULAITIS (USA)  6-5 5-6 6-4 6-5 

     
DAVIS CUP - Europe, Zone B, Preliminary Round  Ireland 
DC 17 Mar 1978 to 19 Mar 1978 Entry :  (I)  
 W   Michael HICKEY (IRL)  6-1 6-1 6-0 
 W   Sean SORENSEN (IRL)  6-0 6-2 6-0
 

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Sjengster said:
The stats have it - 46 in a row, halted by Nastase in the final in Aix-en-Provence, by retirement. In other words, he didn't lose a completed match for the rest of 1977 after Wimbledon! Wasn't there some controversy about the new power racquet Nastase used for that match? Evidently that was the only way to stop Vilas on clay...
He lost matches at the Masters, he won more tournaments on clay and then won the Apartheid Open on hardcourt.

He defaulted the match as Nastase had this called the spaghetti racquet which were double stringed which changed the bounce and devation./spin of the ball cause of the strings, it was banned not long afterwards.
 

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Vilas's record has been changed to include the South African Open.
 
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