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Multiple yearly Grand Slam finals & titles

How many players reached or won more than 1 Grand Slam final in 1 calendar year since 1974? Further below you'll find the complete overview of players who reached 3 (or more) finals or won 2 (or more) titles in a calendar year. First up, details on the multiple titles for our initial Top 10 of Grand Slam players :

 

  3 titles/year 2 titles/year Total titles
Federer
2004, 2006, 2007 2005, 2009
17
Sampras
- 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997
14
Borg
- 1978, 1979, 1980
11
Nadal
2010 2008, 2013
14
Connors
1974 1982
8
Lendl
- 1986, 1987
8
Agassi
- 1999
8
Wilander
1988 1985
7
McEnroe
- 1981, 1984
7
Edberg
- -
6
Becker
- 1989
6
Djokovic
2011 -
7

 

Federer and Sampras clearly enjoyed the most years with multiple Grand Slam titles. Edberg is the only player in our 'initial Top 10' who never won 2 Grand Slam titles in 1 calendar year and never reached 3 Grand Slam finals in 1 year. Becker never reached 3 finals either, but he did once win 2 Grand Slams in 1 year. All players that reached 3 finals in 1 year, enjoyed at least one year with 2 Grand Slam titles.

 

3 Grand Slam finals or titles in 1 calendar year

Since 1974, 12 players reached 3 Grand Slam finals in a calendar year :

Becker and Edberg are the only players of our initial Top 10 who never reached 3 finals/year.

Only 5/12 players were victorious in all 3 finals :

Connors is the only player who lost 3 Grand Slam finals in 1 year. Nadal is the only player ever to win 3 Grand Slams in a row on 3 different surfaces.

In 1984 and 2011, 2 players reached each 3 Grand Slam finals. They played 2 finals against each other and 1 against a 3rd/4th player:

 

2 Grand Slam titles in 1 calendar year

Since 1974, 13 players have been able to win 2 (or more) Grand Slam titles in 1 year: the quintet with 3 Grand Slam titles (cfr. supra), completed with 8 other players who won 2 slams/year:

Becker is the only winner of 2 Grand Slam titles that never reached 3 finals. Of the quintet with 3 Grand Slam titles/year, Djokovic is (yet) the only without a 'double' slam year. Connors and Wilander each had 1 year with 2 slam titles, Federer and Nadal 2 years. Federer dominated the Grand Slams for a couple of years like no other player has done since 1974, which becomes obvious in our complete overview of years when 1 or more players won multiple Grand Slam titles or reached 3 or 4 Grand Slam finals :

 

Year Player
Aus Open
Roland
Garros
Wimbledon
US Open
2013
Djokovic
Win
-
RU
RU
2013
Nadal
-
Win
-
Win
2012 Djokovic
Win
RU
-
RU
2011 Djokovic
Win
-
Win
Win
2011 Nadal
-
Win
RU
RU
2010 Nadal
-
Win
Win
Win
2009 Federer
RU
Win
Win
RU
2008 Federer
-
RU
RU
Win
2008 Nadal
-
Win
Win
-
2007 Federer
Win
RU
Win
Win
2006 Federer
Win
RU
Win
Win
2005 Federer
-
-
Win
Win
2004 Federer
Win
-
Win
Win
1999 Agassi
-
Win
RU
Win
1997 Sampras
Win
-
Win
-
1995 Sampras
RU
-
Win
Win
1994 Sampras
Win
-
Win
-
1993 Sampras
-
-
Win
Win
1993 Courier
Win
RU
RU
-
1992 Courier
Win
Win
-
-
1989 Becker
-
-
Win
Win
1988 Wilander
Win
Win
-
Win
1987 Lendl
-
Win
RU
Win
1986 Lendl
-
Win
RU
Win
1985 Wilander
Win
Win
-
-
1984 McEnroe
-
RU
Win
Win
1984 Lendl
RU
Win
-
RU
1982 Connors
-
-
Win
Win
1981 Borg
-
Win
RU
RU
1981 McEnroe
-
-
Win
Win
1980 Borg
-
Win
Win
RU
1979 Borg
-
Win
Win
-
1978 Borg
-
Win
Win
RU
1977 Vilas
RU
Win
-
Win
1975 Connors
RU
-
RU
RU
1974 Connors
Win
-
Win
Win

 

4 Grand Slam finals in 1 calendar year

Since 1974, only 1 player reached all 4 Grand Slam finals in 1 calendar year : Federer, who realised this 3 times, in 2006-2007 & in 2009, granting him :

NB in 1986, no Australian Open was organised, so technically speaking Lendl reached finals in all Grand Slam tournaments that year.

 

Averages

Less relevant but still somehow significant : until 8 years after his first Grand Slam title, Federer had an average of 2 Grand Slam wins per year. Borg and Sampras could maintain such an average 'only' for 3 successive years as they never won 3 Grand Slams in one year. Borg arguably mainly because he only once entered the Australian Open (his 1974 loss in the 3rd round).

Borg and Sampras had 3 consecutive years with 2 Grand Slam titles. Federer had 4 consecutive years with 2 or 3 Grand Slam titles (2004-2007) which mostly generated his high average.

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