Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, Martina Navratilova and Back-to-Back Wimbledon Champions (Open Era)

Martina Navratilova Won Six Wimbledon Championships In A Row. Bjorn Borg And Roger Federer Won Five.

Martina Navratilova Won Six Wimbledon Championships In A Row. Bjorn Borg And Roger Federer Won Five.

Just yesterday, Sports List of the Day posted video of John McEnroe‘s July 4th,* 1981 win over Bjorn Borg at Wimbledon, stopping Borg’s streak of five championships in a row, the all-time record on the men’s side.

Roger Federer also won five in a row, about thirty years later.

Then there’s Pete Sampras, twice, with streaks of three and four that were broken up by an unlikely (his only Grand Slam title) Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands. Krajicek beat Sampras in the quarter-finals on the way to a deserved title.

If not for that slip, Sampras would have won an astonishing eight in a row, so dominant he was during the “Sampras Era” (a fair label).

But in reality, no one can match Martina Navratilova. She holds the women’s record at six, best of all – and you can  go ahead and call the late 1970’s and all of the 1980’s the “Navratilova Era.”

Steffi Graf followed with three streaks of her own.

And check out Venus and Serena Williams who both went back-to-back, back-to-back with each other – twice!

Alas, there won’t be a repeat winner in 2014. Petra Kvitova just won the women’s side, unseating France’s Marion Bartoli, and hometown favorite Andy Murray was bounced long ago.

BACK-TO-BACK WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONS (MEN)

WIMBLEDON CHAMPION YEARS IN A ROW YEARS DEFEATED IN FINALS
1. Björn Borg 5 1976 Ilie Nastase
(Sweden) 1977 Jimmy Connors
1978 Jimmy Connors
1979 Roscoe Tanner
1980 John McEnroe
1. Roger Federer 5 2003 Mark Philippoussis
(Switzerland) 2004 Andy Roddick
2005 Andy Roddick
2006 Rafael Nadal
2007 Rafael Nadal
3. Pete Sampras 4 1997 Cédric Pioline
(USA) 1998 Goran Ivaniševic’
1999 Andre Agassi
2000 Patrick Rafter
4. Pete Sampras 3 1993 Jim Courier
(USA) 1994 Goran Ivaniševic’
1995 Boris Becker
5. Rod Laver 2 1968 Tony Roche
(Australia) 1969 John Newcombe
5. John Newcombe 2 1970 Ken Rosewall
(Australia) 1971 Stan Smith
5. John McEnroe 2 1983 Chris Lewis
(USA) 1984 Jimmy Connors
5. Boris Becker 2 1985 Kevin Curren
(West Germany) 1986 Ivan Lendl

*

BACK-TO-BACK WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONS (WOMEN)

WIMBLEDON CHAMPION YEARS IN A ROW YEARS DEFEATED IN FINALS
1. Martina Navratilova 6 1982 Chris Evert-Lloyd
(USA) 1983 Andrea Jaeger
1984 Chris Evert-Lloyd
1985 Chris Evert-Lloyd
1986 Hana Mandlíková
1987 Steffi Graf
2. Steffi Graf 3 1991 Gabriela Sabatini
(Germany) 1992 Monica Seles
1993 Jana Novotná
3. Billie Jean King 2 1972 Evonne Goolagong
(USA) 1973 Chris Evert
3. Martina Navratilova 2 1978 Chris Evert
(USA) 1979 Chris Evert-Lloyd
3. Steffi Graf 2 1988 Martina Navratilova
(West Germany) 1989 Martina Navratilova
3. Steffi Graf 2 1995 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
(Germany) 1996 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
3. Venus Williams 2 2000 Lindsay Davenport
(USA) 2001 Justine Henin
3. Serena Williams 2 2002 Venus Williams
(USA) 2003 Venus Williams
3. Venus Williams 2 2007 Marion Bartoli
(USA) 2008 Serena Williams
3. Serena Williams 2 2009 Venus Williams
(USA) 2010 Vera Zvonareva

Photos: Getty via espn.com / murf.com / Clive Rose, PA Wire via digitalspy.com

* It was part of a vide0 look at the greatest sports moments that have occurred on the 4th of July.

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