The greatest tennis players of history have had to make enormous efforts and sacrifices to achieve success, or face epic battles to conquer the victory of the Grand Slam tournaments and be remembered forever: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic today, Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe in the past.
In some circumstances, however, this has not happened: the great players have not made huge sacrifices and have conquered the title without particular efforts and even without having lost a single set. In the history of men’s tennis this peculiarity has occurred only on ten occasions and has highlighted the career of five great tennis players: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Bjorn Borg, Ilie Nastase and Ken Rosewall.
The big records in the Grand Slam events and the sensational absentees
Reviewing the statistics of the past we can see how the great champions like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and John McEnroe have never managed to conquer a Slam in 21 sets.
The same also applies to the current No. 1 of the ATP ranking Novak Djokovic, who, even in his most overwhelming version, he has failed in this incredible record. Three tennis players have succeeded more than once: Roger Federer on two occasions and Rafael Nadal and Bjorn Borg, who have even won Grand Slam tournaments without losing a set on even three occasions.
Ilie Nastase and Ken Rosewall got this achievemnet in one occasion: the Romanian ath the French Ope, the Australian at the Ausralian Open. The Swedish champion, as well as Roger Federer, even reached this record in two different Slams: Borg won without conceding sets ath the Roland Garros and at Wimbledon while Federer got this amazing achievement at Wimbledon and at the Australian Open.
Another statistical impression of Borg is the fact that he won theRoland Garros by conceding only 32 games. Here are the Grand Slam tournaments won most clearly in history: Bjorn Borg at the Roland Garros 1978 – 32 games granted
Nadal at the Roland Garros 2017 – 35 games granted
Borg at the Roland Garros 1980 – 38 games granted
Nadal at the Roland Garros 2008 – 40 games granted
Nastase at the Roland Garros 1973 – 51 games granted
Rosewall at the Australian Open 1971 – 57 games granted
Nadal at the Roland Garros 2010 – 71 games granted
Borg (at Wimbledon 1976) and Roger Federer (at the Australian Open 2007 and at Wimbledon 2017) – 74 games granted