In the eighth article of the series, the results on this website, displayed as statistics, answer the question:
WHO LOST IN GRAND SLAM SEMI FINALS?
This page arrives with a new page featuring the Grand Slam / Pro Slam records of all male Grand Slam/Pro Slam semi finalists (see profiles page). However, to reach a pro slam semi final a player would often only have to win one match. As with the finalists page, there is much diversity in the careers of the players listed. Wayne Ferreira held the record for number of consecutive Grand Slam tournaments played (he entered every Grand Slam event from 1991-2004). He reached two Australian semis eleven years apart. Bernard Destremau had a Grand Slam career that lasted 29 years (a record span at the French). There were other players that only entered one Grand Slam event and reached the semis. Theo Mavrogordato entered every Wimbledon from 1904-1928 and Francois Jauffret played in 20 consecutive French Opens from 1961-1980. Jiri Satoh had the best record of all the semi finalists. He only entered nine Grand Slam events between 1931 and 1933 but reached five semi finals. On the other hand, Christophe Roger-Vasselin played for a decade but apart from one semi final only once reached the third round.
Because there are twice as many semi final slots than final slots in every tournament, it is not surprising that the man that holds the record for number of Grand Slam semi final losses that never won one reached more semi finals than the equivalent record holder for most losing finals. Tim Henman holds the record with six semi finals lost and no finals. Jiri Satoh lost in five Grand Slam semi finals and never reached a final. Leo Ware, Max Decugis, Ham Richardson, Roger Taylor, Tommy Haas, Sebastian Grosjean and Nikolay Davydenko all reached four major semi finals and never reached a final. Henman came close to reaching a Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2001. He led Goran Ivanisevic by two sets to one and had a mini-break in the fourth set tie break before eventually losing the three day match. Satoh led Jean Borotra by two sets to one in the 1931 French Open semis, but Borotra won the fourth and fifth sets comfortably. At the Australian the following year Satoh lost in the semis in five sets to Harry Hopman. Taylor twice led by two sets to one in Wimbledon semi finals (in 1967 and 1973) before losing and he also lost in five sets in the Australian semis in 1970. Grosjean was two sets to love and 5-3 up and had two match points against Arnaud Clement in the 2001 Australian semis before losing. However, Cliff Sutter (against Ellsworth Vines in the 1932 U. S.) had four match points to reach a Grand Slam final and never reached one. Jimmy Connors holds the record for Grand Slam semi final losses. He lost in 16 Grand Slam semi finals (and also won 15 semi finals). It is not surprising that Connors holds the record for number of matches played and won in the men's singles at both Wimbledon and the U. S.
Mary Bevis Hawton was the woman that lost in most Grand Slam semi finals without winning one, losing six semi finals (all at the Australian). Edith Rotch lost five semi finals (all at the U. S.) and never won one. Chris Evert lost in most Grand Slam semi finals (18) and also won a further 34, making a record total of 52 semi finals played. That means Evert had 13 complete years worth of Grand Slam semi final appearances (Evert nearly always reached the semis or better at Grand Slams throughout most of her career). If Martina Navratilova hadn't played in the same era as Evert it is scary to think how many Grand Slam singles titles Evert would have won! Gabriela Sabatini lost in 15 Grand Slam semi finals, three behind Evert.
This page treats World Hard Court as a Grand Slam.