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Only five men have exceeded Daniil Medvedev’s 20-match winning streak
Whether or not he beats Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final, Medvedev has already put himself in very elite company.
February 20, 2021
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Daniil Medvedev’s 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open semifinals was his 20th win in a row since November. That includes a 5-0 mark at the the Masters 1000 event in Paris, a 5-0 mark to win the ATP Finals, a 4-0 mark at the ATP Cup and a 6-0 mark, so far, at the Australian Open.
“They were all different, the matches, tournaments, because tournaments change,” Medvedev said. “So it’s tough to keep this momentum going from London to Melbourne. So far away. You had the pre-season between it. I’m just happy that I managed to keep my game on top. For the confidence, when you beat everybody, it’s just great, because people start maybe to be a little bit scared about you. At the same time, sometimes there are gonna be some that are gonna want to beat you even more.
“It’s a tricky situation, but I’m happy I managed to be on top in all those 20 matches.”
Whether or not he beats Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final, Medvedev has already put himself in very elite company—he’s just the sixth active men’s player to have a 20-match winning streak to his name, after Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro.
Del Potro’s longest winning streak: 23
The Argentine had a breakthrough summer in 2008 right before his 20th birthday, going on a 23-match winning streak that brought him his first four career ATP titles—two on clay in Stuttgart and and Kitzbuhel, then two on hard in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. His streak was snapped by Murray in the quarterfinals of the US Open. He went into that run ranked No. 65 and came out of it at No. 13.
Murray’s longest winning streak: 28
The three-time Grand Slam champion’s longest winning streak was 28 matches, between 2016 and 2017. He won his last 24 matches of 2016, picking up five ATP titles, including a pair of Masters 1000 crowns in Shanghai and Paris and the ATP Finals title. This was the run that pushed him to No. 1 on November 7, 2016. He then won his first four matches of 2017 before falling to Djokovic in the Doha final.
Nadal’s longest winning streak: 32
The Spaniard’s 32-match winning streak in 2008 would bring him five straight titles, including his first major outside of Paris. It started with back-to-back titles on clay at Hamburg and Roland Garros, then back-to-back titles on grass at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon, and finally a Masters 1000 title on hard courts in Canada. Djokovic would eventually snap his streak in the semifinals of Cincinnati.
Federer’s longest winning streak: 41
The Swiss has had seven winning streaks of 20 matches or more, but his longest was 41 in a row between 2006 and 2007. After a loss to Murray in Cincinnati he went 29-0 the rest of 2006, capturing five titles—including the US Open and ATP Finals. He then won his first 12 matches of 2007, winning the Australian Open and Dubai, before Guillermo Canas beat him in his opening match at Indian Wells.
Djokovic’s longest winning streak: 43
Djokovic has had six winning streaks of 20 matches or more, but his longest streak just beats out Federer’s longest. After losing to the Swiss in the semifinals of the 2010 ATP Finals, the Serb won a pair of Davis Cup matches, and then went on a blistering 41-0 start to 2011, picking up seven titles along the way—including the Australian Open and four Masters 1000 crowns at Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Rome. Federer would end up snapping his streak in a semifinal surprise at the French Open.
Djokovic’s 43 consecutive wins are the third-longest men’s winning streak in the Open Era—Guillermo Vilas won 46 matches in a row in 1977, while Ivan Lendl won 44 in a row between 1981 and 1982.