It's Monte Carlo time again, and we all now what that's supposed to mean.
It's that week in the year when we witness, for an unerring time yet again, an occasion of rare, almost seamless stability.
In a sport so hectic and jagged at the top, we have one man—Rafael Nadal—who has been undefeated in the last six years.
For the record, the last time Nadal didn't win Monte Carlo, Roger Federer was just a baby world No. 1, having in 2004 only just established himself as the world No. 1.
Since 2005, it has been Rafael Nadal all the way, and we have had to accustom outselves to seeing engraved on the Monte Carlo Masters shield the name of this fabulous Mallorcan bull, for longer than anyone else in the Open Era.
No one has won a tournament six straight times. Its not the only testimony to greatness which has rarely been acknowledged.
We all know about Roger Federer's slam semifinals streak, or Pete Sampras' six straight year-end No. 1's.
How about the lesser known achievements in tennis? Here are five.