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No. 1 DO THE TOP MALE PLAYERS HAVE EASIER MATCHES IN THE FIRST WEEK OF GRAND SLAMS THAN THEY DID IN THE PAST?

No. 2 HOW WELL DO HOME PLAYERS PERFORM IN THEIR GRAND SLAM EVENTS?

No. 3 WHAT WAS THE CHALLENGE ROUND?

No. 4 WHO LOST IN GRAND SLAM FINALS?

No. 5 WHAT ARE THE MEN'S SINGLES GRAND SLAM RECORDS?

No. 6 WHAT IS A TRIPLE BAGEL?

No. 7 WHAT ARE QUALIFIERS, LUCKY LOSERS AND WILD CARDS?

No. 8 WHO LOST IN GRAND SLAM SEMI FINALS?

No. 9 WHICH GREAT HAD THE BEST RECORD AGAINST OTHER GREATS?

No. 10 WHAT IS SEEDING?

No. 12 WHO WERE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TENNIS FAMILIES?

No. 13 WHAT IS A DEFAULT?

No. 14 WHAT NATIONALITY ARE GRAND AND PRO SLAM CHAMPIONS?

No. 15 WHAT IS A RETIREMENT?

No. 16 WHO WERE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CHAMPIONS ON EACH SURFACE?


In the eleventh article of the series, the results on this website, displayed as statistics, answer the question:

WHO WERE THE MOST AND LEAST DOMINANT CHAMPIONS? (MEN)

Sometimes champions win titles easily and sometimes they struggle through. Ideally a great champion should have done both in their career, as winning easily proves how dominant they can be at their best, whilst winning a lot of tough matches proves they can hold their nerve again and again under pressure. There have been a number of sets clean sweeps (tournaments where the champion doesn't drop a set). Dick Sears achieved this three years in a row at the U. S. during the first three years it was held. This was why the U. S. introduced the Challenge Round. Bjorn Borg achieved this feat twice at the French and once at Wimbledon. Tony Trabert won three of his five Grand Slam titles without dropping a set (two at the U. S. and one at Wimbledon). There has never been a man that has won in five sets in every round of a Grand Slam singles tournament (which for seven best of five set matches would mean he dropped 14 sets and for six matches it would mean he dropped 12 sets). There was one man who dropped ten sets in winning six matches (Gottfried von Cramm at the French in 1934). Robert Wrenn dropped ten sets in winning seven matches at the U. S. in 1896. Although he didn't drop a set in winning three of his Grand Slam titles, Bjorn Borg also appears on the sets dropped list. He dropped eight sets in winning his first Grand Slam title at the 1974 French Open. Gustavo Kuerten had to work hard to win his three French titles. He dropped eight sets in winning in 1997, six sets in 2000 and in 2001 he dropped five sets and saved a match point before winning. Pete Sampras' toughest Grand Slam win came at Wimbledon in 1995, when he dropped six sets. Roger Federer dropped six sets in winning the 2009 French. Rod Laver dropped eight sets in winning the French in 1962. Sampras never won a Grand Slam title without dropping a set and neither did Laver, though both won at Wimbledon only dropping one set. Federer won one Grand Slam title without dropping a set (the Australian in 2007). Rafael Nadal won two of his French titles without dropping a set (2008 & 2010).


Most dominant champions (Minimum qualification 6 sets won) Sets clean sweeps

Name Tournament and year Sets win-loss in tournament

Roger Federer 2007 Australian 21-0
Bjorn Borg 1978 French 21-0
Bjorn Borg 1980 French 21-0
Rafael Nadal 2008 French 21-0
Rafael Nadal 2010 French 21-0
J. Donald Budge 1938 Wimbledon 21-0
Tony Trabert 1955 Wimbledon 21-0
Chuck McKinley 1963 Wimbledon 21-0
Bjorn Borg 1976 Wimbledon 21-0
H. Laurie Doherty 1903 US 21-0
Holcombe Ward 1904 US 21-0
William Larned 1907 US 21-0
Frank Sedgman 1952 US 21-0
Tony Trabert 1955 US 21-0
Neale Fraser 1960 US 21-0
Ilie Nastase 1973 French 19-0
Rafael Nadal 2017 French 19-0
Roger Federer 2017 Wimbledon 19-0
Tony Trabert 1953 US 18-0
J. Donald Budge 1938 Australian 15-0
John Bromwich 1939 Australian 15-0
Roy Emerson 1964 Australian 15-0
Ken Rosewall 1971 Australian 15-0
P. Frank Hadow 1878 Wimbledon 15-0 (sets win-loss in Grand Slam career)
Frank Parker 1945 US 13-0
Anthony Wilding 1909 Australian 12-0
Rod Heath 1910 Australian 12-0
Pat O'Hara Wood 1923 Australian 12-0
Richard Sears 1881 US 11-0
Richard Sears 1882 US 11-0
Richard Sears 1883 US 9-0


Least dominant champions (Minimum qualification 7 sets dropped)

Name Tournament and year Sets win-loss in tournament

Gottfried von Cramm 1934 French 18-10
Robert Wrenn 1896 US 21-10
Marcel Bernard 1946 French 18-8
Rod Laver 1962 French 18-8
Bjorn Borg 1974 French 19-8
Gustavo Kuerten 1997 French 21-8
Ted Schroeder 1949 Wimbledon 21-8
Boris Becker 1985 Wimbledon 21-8
Alex Olmedo 1959 Australian 15-7
John Newcombe 1975 Australian 18-7
Harold Mahony 1896 Wimbledon 18-7
John Doeg 1930 US 18-7
Thomas Johansson 2002 Australian 21-7
Roger Federer 2017 Australian 21-7
Michael Chang 1989 French 21-7
Andre Agassi 1999 French 21-7
Gaston Gaudio 2004 French 21-7
Henri Cochet 1927 Wimbledon 21-7
J. Rene Lacoste 1928 Wimbledon 21-7
Ashley Cooper 1958 Wimbledon 21-7
Jimmy Connors 1974 Wimbledon 21-7
Stefan Edberg 1988 Wimbledon 21-7
Goran Ivanisevic 2001 Wimbledon 21-7
Ilie Nastase 1972 US 21-7
Stefan Edberg 1992 US 21-7


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