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Ask Steven: Has anyone since Bjorn Borg won Wimbledon without losing a set?

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I remember Bjorn Borg winning Wimbledon one year without losing a set. Has anyone done this since? Asked James Norris

The first of Bjorn Borg's five victories in the men's singles at Wimbledon, in 1976, was the one in which he didn't drop a set during the whole Championship. He was only the fourth person to do this since the Challenge Round (in which the defending champion only played the winner of the all-comers' event) was abolished in 1922: the others were a distinguished trio of Americans - Don Budge (1938), Tony Trabert (1955) and Chuck McKinley (1963).

No man has won Wimbledon since Borg without dropping a set, but it has happened at two of the other Grand Slam events. Borg himself won the French Open without dropping a set in both 1978 and 1980, something repeated by Rafael Nadal in 2008 and 2010. And in 2007, Roger Federer won the Australian Open without the loss of a set throughout.

The only other men to do this during the Open era (since 1968) are Ken Rosewall (1971 Australian) and Ilie Nastase (1973 French). The last man to win in America without dropping a set was Australia's Neale Fraser in 1960.