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<b>Michael Schumacher</b><br/>
Michael Schumacher is one of the greatest drivers to grace the circuits of Formula One, and in 2004 he surpassed the record for successive titles. Starting in 2000, the German won five straight F1 drivers' championships, beating Juan Manuel Fangio's record of four, which was set back in 1957. Among numerous records, in 2002 he went through an entire season finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in every race.

<b>Michael Schumacher</b><br/> Michael Schumacher is one of the greatest drivers to grace the circuits of Formula One, and in 2004 he surpassed the record for successive titles. Starting in 2000, the German won five straight F1 drivers' championships, beating Juan Manuel Fangio's record of four, which was set back in 1957. Among numerous records, in 2002 he went through an entire season finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in every race.

&lt;b&gt;Roger Federer&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
The Swiss master is the undisputed greatest tennis player of all-time. He's won more grand slam events than anyone in the history of the game and plays his tennis with tremendous style. His defeat this week brought an end to one of the most remarkable runs ever seen. But also in his locker of great streaks are a run of 65-matches unbeaten on grass and 56 on hard courts.

<b>Roger Federer</b><br/> The Swiss master is the undisputed greatest tennis player of all-time. He's won more grand slam events than anyone in the history of the game and plays his tennis with tremendous style. His defeat this week brought an end to one of the most remarkable runs ever seen. But also in his locker of great streaks are a run of 65-matches unbeaten on grass and 56 on hard courts.

&lt;b&gt;Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
With 18 titles to his name, Jack Nicklaus ensured he made the cut 39 consecutive times in major championships. So when the potential heir to his thrown, Tiger Woods, reached the same number in 2006, it seemed inevitable he would surpass the record. Yet it was not to be. After the death of Woods' father, the American took a nine-week hiatus from the tour. He returned for the US Open, but missed the cut, and tied with Nicklaus' record.

<b>Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods</b><br/> With 18 titles to his name, Jack Nicklaus ensured he made the cut 39 consecutive times in major championships. So when the potential heir to his thrown, Tiger Woods, reached the same number in 2006, it seemed inevitable he would surpass the record. Yet it was not to be. After the death of Woods' father, the American took a nine-week hiatus from the tour. He returned for the US Open, but missed the cut, and tied with Nicklaus' record.

&lt;b&gt;Sir Steve Redgrave&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Sir Steve certainly earned his knighthood. The rower put together a run of gold medals in five successive Olympic Games. Starting back in 1984 in Los Angeles, and then at Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta and finishing in Sydney in 2000, the achievement stands alone. Sir Steve is well remembered for when after winning gold in 1996, he said if anyone found him close to a rowing boat they could shoot him. Thankfully they didn't and he was back at the next Olympics to do it all over again.

<b>Sir Steve Redgrave</b><br/> Sir Steve certainly earned his knighthood. The rower put together a run of gold medals in five successive Olympic Games. Starting back in 1984 in Los Angeles, and then at Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta and finishing in Sydney in 2000, the achievement stands alone. Sir Steve is well remembered for when after winning gold in 1996, he said if anyone found him close to a rowing boat they could shoot him. Thankfully they didn't and he was back at the next Olympics to do it all over again.

&lt;b&gt;Frankie Dettori &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Pint-sized Italian and general cheeky chap Frankie Dettori put together a memorable run at Royal Ascot in 1996. On a seven-race card, he was to ride every winner of the day. His achievement cleaned out the bookies and even halted the BBC Final Score program when it was delayed so that they could show live coverage of his success.

<b>Frankie Dettori </b><br/> Pint-sized Italian and general cheeky chap Frankie Dettori put together a memorable run at Royal Ascot in 1996. On a seven-race card, he was to ride every winner of the day. His achievement cleaned out the bookies and even halted the BBC Final Score program when it was delayed so that they could show live coverage of his success.

&lt;b&gt;Arsenal&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
The 2003/2004 Premier League season saw Arsenal, under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger, go the entire season unbeaten. It was the first time it had been done since Preston North End in 1883. Along the way they had a few scares, most notably when a controversial penalty was awarded against Portsmouth which allowed the Gunners to salvage a draw and when Ruud van Nistelrooy missed a late penalty for Manchester United. The competitiveness of this season's Premier League suggests it may be quite some time before the achievement is completed again.

<b>Arsenal</b><br/> The 2003/2004 Premier League season saw Arsenal, under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger, go the entire season unbeaten. It was the first time it had been done since Preston North End in 1883. Along the way they had a few scares, most notably when a controversial penalty was awarded against Portsmouth which allowed the Gunners to salvage a draw and when Ruud van Nistelrooy missed a late penalty for Manchester United. The competitiveness of this season's Premier League suggests it may be quite some time before the achievement is completed again.

&lt;b&gt;Julio Cesar Chavez &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
In a career spanning 25 years, Julio Cesar Chavez earned the right to be considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. The Mexican's incredible punching power and relentless stalking of opponents, not to mention becoming world champion on six occasions, mark him down as one of the greatest ever boxers. During that 25 year career, Chavez went on a 13-year streak in which he won all of his 87 fights.

<b>Julio Cesar Chavez </b><br/> In a career spanning 25 years, Julio Cesar Chavez earned the right to be considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. The Mexican's incredible punching power and relentless stalking of opponents, not to mention becoming world champion on six occasions, mark him down as one of the greatest ever boxers. During that 25 year career, Chavez went on a 13-year streak in which he won all of his 87 fights.

&lt;b&gt;Jose Mourinho&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Back with football, one of the most incredible streaks belongs to manager of the moment Jose Mourinho. Spanning 136 matches and going back to 2002, the Portuguese has not lost a single league home match. The record spans three clubs, Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan - and if he can continue the run at the Santiago Bernabeu, the good times could well be coming back to Real Madrid.

<b>Jose Mourinho</b><br/> Back with football, one of the most incredible streaks belongs to manager of the moment Jose Mourinho. Spanning 136 matches and going back to 2002, the Portuguese has not lost a single league home match. The record spans three clubs, Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan - and if he can continue the run at the Santiago Bernabeu, the good times could well be coming back to Real Madrid.

&lt;b&gt;Jahangir Khan&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Pakistan's Jahangir Khan holds what many consider to be the longest winning streak in professional sporting history. Between 1981 and 1986, the squash player entered 555 matches. He won all of them. During his career he won the World Open six times and the British Open a record ten consecutive times. Khan is pictured here carrying the Olympic torch before the 2008 Beijing Games.

<b>Jahangir Khan</b><br/> Pakistan's Jahangir Khan holds what many consider to be the longest winning streak in professional sporting history. Between 1981 and 1986, the squash player entered 555 matches. He won all of them. During his career he won the World Open six times and the British Open a record ten consecutive times. Khan is pictured here carrying the Olympic torch before the 2008 Beijing Games.

&lt;b&gt;Robert Dee&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
We finish our ten best with a man who stands in stark contrast to Federer. British tennis player Robert Dee hit the headlines last year when it was pointed out he had won his first match at the 55th attempt, losing the previous 54 in straight sets. The press dubbed him 'the world's worst tennis player'. Dee was furious at the accusation and pointed out that in that period he had won 20 matches and reached the final of a tournament in Almeria. That was in fact the case and many apologies and corrections were made

<b>Robert Dee</b><br/> We finish our ten best with a man who stands in stark contrast to Federer. British tennis player Robert Dee hit the headlines last year when it was pointed out he had won his first match at the 55th attempt, losing the previous 54 in straight sets. The press dubbed him 'the world's worst tennis player'. Dee was furious at the accusation and pointed out that in that period he had won 20 matches and reached the final of a tournament in Almeria. That was in fact the case and many apologies and corrections were made

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<b>Michael Schumacher</b><br/> Michael Schumacher is one of the greatest drivers to grace the circuits of Formula One, and in 2004 he surpassed the record for successive titles. Starting in 2000, the German won five straight F1 drivers' championships, beating Juan Manuel Fangio's record of four, which was set back in 1957. Among numerous records, in 2002 he went through an entire season finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in every race.

Roger Federer's defeat to Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals of the French Open this week ended one of the most remarkable runs in sport.

In light of this, we take a look at some outstanding sporting streaks.

Prior to the defeat, the world number one had reached 23 successive grand slam semi-finals - an incredible achievement in consistency.

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