Novak Djokovic wins 37 straight tennis matches

May 17, 2011 6:00 AM

 

While tennis isn’t slots or table games, it is entertainment and this week’s start of the French Open will be must see television if you enjoy watching historical events. Novak Djokovic has won 37 straight matches, just five shy of John McEnroe’s men’s record of 42 since the start of the season (1984). Steffi Graf has the all-time mark of 45 (1987) since the open era began in 1968.

No. 37 was a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the "King of Clay," world’s No. 1 Rafael Nadal, in the final of the Italian Open this past Sunday. Djokovic is currently second favorite at the French (5-1 at the Hilton) to Nadal. It takes seven victories to capture the world’s premier clay court tournament. If Djokovic runs the table, he would pass McEnroe and pull within one of Graf.

The Italian title marked the fourth time Djokovic has defeated Nadal this season. On the women’s side, a nice longshot pick might be Maria Sharapova (25-1), who upset Sam Stosur in the women’s final at the Italian.