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Nadal: 32 matches on all surfaces in 2008, 81 consecutive matches on clay courts
Djokovic: 40 matches and counting on all surfaces in 2010–2011, 19 consecutive on hardcourts
Comparing the Records
Nadal’s 32-match streak contained titles in the Hamburg Masters, Roland Garros, Queens, Wimbledon and the Canadian Masters. At the two Grand Slams and Hamburg, the Mallorca native had to beat Roger Federer.
Additionally, Nadal completed the channel slam, being only the third male player in the open era to do so at the time, and took part in the Wimbledon final which was considered by many to be the best match in tennis history.
Djokovic’s record up until now is also impressive, winning Davis Cup, the Australian Open, Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, the Serbia Open, Madrid and Rome Masters.
Djokovic had to beat Rafael Nadal in all four Masters finals and could also best McEnroe’s record of 42 matches won from the beginning of the season.
Comparing their win streaks in ATP points, the Serb has 500 more; however he also has won two more titles. This one is clearly objective.
At the moment, I would say that Rafa’s record just pips Novak’s because of playing two Major finals against Roger Federer.
With reference to the single surface streak, there is no way Djokovic can match that.
Can Djokovic Match this Record?
Not only has the Serb bettered Nadal’s record of successive wins on all surfaces, but he is also certain to better Roger Federer’s same record of 41 matches, in which the Swiss accomplished in 2006-2007; great for the young Serb’s legacy.
All the same, unless Djokovic goes through the season practically unbeaten, it is highly unlikely he will get near the Spaniard's outrageous 81-match clay win streak, whether it is on the same surface.