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Titles per Grand Slam tournament

Below you'll find for each player of our initial Top 10 the titles + finals per tournament. The Top 3 players for each tournament are marked in bold and their tournament rank in superscript.

Records and Top 3 per Grand Slam tournament

The very first two top-players since 1974 immediately set solid records for 3 of the 4 Grand Slam tournaments. Borg's records (Wimbledon & Roland Garros) stood for a couple of decades, and Connors' US Open record yet remains to be broken. Today, five players share all records for the 4 tournaments :

Five other players join the above five players in a tournament's Top 3 : Agassi, Borg, Kuerten, Lendl and Wilander. Agassi is still in the Top 3 at the Australian Open; the latter four reach Top 3 at Roland Garros. Borg reaches another Top 3 at Wimbledon. Lendl and Wilander won a 2nd tournament three times but reach Top 3 at only one tournament.

Federer and Sampras are the only players with a record at two Slam tournaments. Together with Borg, they complete the exclusive trio with five or more titles at two slam tournaments. Nadal is the only player who owns nine titles at one Grand Slam championship. Federer and Sampras collected seven titles, Borg is next with six titles.

 

 

Player Birthdate AO RG W UO slam
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Titles Finals Titles Finals Titles Finals Titles Finals
Djokovic 22-05-1987
51
4
0
2
2
3
1
5
3
Nadal 03-06-1986
1
3
91
9
2
5
2
3
4
Federer 08-08-1981
42
5
1
5
71
9
51
6
4
Sampras 12-08-1971
2
3
0
0
71
7
51
8
3
Agassi 29-04-1970
42
4
1
3
1
2
2
6
4
Becker 22-11-1967
2
2
0
0
3
7
1
1
3
Edberg 19-01-1966
2
5
0
1
2
3
2
2
3
Wilander 22-08-1964
3
4
33
5
0
0
1
2
3
Lendl 07-03-1960
2
4
33
5
0
2
3
8
3
McEnroe 16-02-1959
0
0
0
1
3
5
4
5
2
Borg 06-06-1956
0
0
62
6
53
6
0
4
2
Connors 02-09-1952
1
2
0
0
2
6
51
7
3

 

 

Straight titles at a single Grand Slam tournament

Winning five consecutive editions of a Grand Slam tournament is currently the limit for any player since 1974. Federer and Borg both realised this at Wimbledon, Nadal at Roland Garros. Federer is the only player with five straight titles at two different Grand Slam tournaments, as he won the US Open too for five consecutive times. Borg would win another four straight Roland Garros titles, for Sampras the longest streak at any slam tournament. Nadal realised another streak of four successive titles at Roland Garros.

Only three other players would win a tournament three straight times: Djokovic collected three straight Australian Open titles, the longest streak Down Under. McEnroe and Lendl both collected three consecutive US Open titles. Only Federer managed to realise a longer streak at the US Open.

 

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Connors won three different Grand Slam tournaments in 1974, but would continue to dominate really only the US Open (on three different surfaces though) : his two Wimbledon titles came before Borg's prime & after his retirement. At Wimbledon, he was defeated in his prime (1975) by a 32 year old Ashe but he did beat 'a McEnroe in his prime' (1982).

Borg and McEnroe won only two different Grand Slams, but they did dominate them more or less. Borg held records at two Grand Slams and reached four finals in each of the three different Grand Slam tournaments he entered frequently. His Wimbledon record stood until 1999 and today still gives him a Top 3 place at two Grand Slam tournaments....a major advantage over Nadal, who still has to reach Top 3 in another Grand Slam than Roland Garros.

Nadal on the other hand, completes with Agassi and Federer the trio of players who realised a career Grand Slam, an interesting criterion as no player has realised a calendar year Grand Slam since 1974. Federer is the only player who reached all four finals in one calendar year, the closest a player did get to a genuine Grand Slam. Federer seems to be the best allround player of this trio, as he's the only one with four titles or more at three Grand Slam tournaments. He's also the first player who reached five finals at all four Grand Slams, leaving Nadal, Djokovic, Lendl and Agassi far behind with two finals at each tournament.

Lendl -like McEnroe- never set any new record total titles, but he is the first player to win three different Grand Slam tournaments at least twice...a first, shy sign of a player dominating three slams1. Sampras and Edberg would also win three different Grand Slams at least twice, yet they too were unable to dominate more than two of the three. Only Federer seems to have dominated three Grand Slam tournaments, and even turns out the 2nd best player of his generation at the 4th Grand Slam, as his five Roland Garros final indicate.

Of the four Grand Slam tournaments, the Australian Open seems the hardest to dominate: low straight titles and low total titles. As we mentionned in our topic on the Australian Open, the 70's top-players didn't participate often. Borg, Connors and McEnroe seemed more attracted to the Tennis Masters Cup. Check their results at the slams and the Masters to allow a more complete interpretation of their achievements.

Lendl and Wilander were the first to show up in Australia on a yearly basis. Since 2015, Djokovic owns the record Down Under, where the longest winning streak lasted only three years, a record set by Djokovic.

 

Notes

1 after Connors' triple Grand Slam crowns in 1974, Vilas and Wilander were the first to win three different slams a single time but they never really dominated these three slams either.

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