Novak Djokovic won another Grand Slam with his win at Wimbledon last weekend. But where does that rank him among the best tennis players of all time?
The Serbian star’s win puts him between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the trio are the only players to have more than 20 majors to their name in the men’s game. However, he is still trailing two other female tennis stars.
Here are the top five tennis players of all time, ranked by their overall Grand Slam wins.
Coming in at number five in the rankings, he is a player that many tennis fans consider the best of all time. Roger Federer has dazzled spectators with a variety of jaw-dropping moves since his debut in 1998. To go along with that, he amassed a whole cabinet of trophies.
Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles, five US Opens, six Australian Opens and one Roland-Garros title in 2009. Therefore, his Total Grand Slam stands at a whopping 20 – yet he hasn’t won a major since 2018. Already in the twilight of his career, the Swiss icon may soon hang up his racquet.
But Federer may not be done with tennis. Reports claim the 40-year-old is planning a return later this year. He was the benchmark that Nadal and Djokovic stalked in the 2010s. Maybe Federer still has a Grand Slam in him to keep up with the others.
4. Novak Djokovic
Next on the list is the 2022 Wimbledon champion. In fact, Novak Djokovic’s SW19 triumph just put him above Roger Federer.
A man who never knows when he’s beaten, Djokovic has given fans incredible returns through his persistence. His prolific and winning nature means he stands alongside Federer and Nadal, although he gives them a leg up on major titles.
Although one of them is still just ahead.
3. Rafael Nadal and Steffi Graf
Okay, technically there are six players in this list, but they occupy the top five spots. So we thought it was fair to include them all.
The king of clay, Rafael Nadal, cemented his status as one of the greatest tennis players of all time with a 14th Roland Garros title this year. Arguably no player has been more dominant on a surface than the Spaniard on clay. At Roland Garros, Nadal a recording of 112 wins and only three losses. He has 22 Grand Slam titles.
About win-lose Records, Nadal is 11-7 over Novak Djokovic in Grand Slam tournaments. Moreover, he beat Roger Federer ten times losing only four times. And he still looks amazing on other surfaces.
Alongside the 14th Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal has four US Open plus a pair of Wimbledon and Australian Open titles. Although injuries have plagued his career, the mighty left-handed shows no signs of slowing down at this time. Certainly, it aims to reach at least 25 majors.
Steffi Graf, co-third in the top five, equals Rafael Nadal 22 Grand Slam titles.
Even more impressively, the German star of the 80s and 90s holds a unique piece of history in the world of tennis. Graf is the only tennis player to ever claim a “Golden” Grand Slam.
In 1988, she won all four major tennis tournaments and won gold at the Seoul Olympics the same year. What makes this all the more incredible is that Graf was only 19 at the time. Somehow, her career lived up to the hype she carried as a teenager in that golden year.
Graf holds the record for the longest stint as world No. 1 in either the men’s or women’s game, at 377 weeks in total. When you look at his number of major wins, this incredible stat seems almost unsurprising. His Grand Slam record reads as follows: four Australian Open, six Roland Garros, seven Wimbledon victories and five US Open.
2. Serena Williams
Above all male players is Serena Williams. The American superstar has built a legacy as one of the greatest ever players among tennis fans thanks to her elite athleticism and prolific win rate.
Williams brought home 23 Grand Slam titles – the most by any Open Era player. To add to that, Serena is one of the only two tennis players in history to win four Olympic gold medals. The other? Her sister Venus, with whom she won three gold medals in doubles.
Serena is the queen of the hard courts, where she claimed seven Australian Open and six US Opens. Williams also loves the grass at Wimbledon, where she has won seven times. Completing the Grand Slam set, Williams also has three titles at Roland Garros.
Unfortunately, the American star hasn’t won a major tournament since the 2017 Australian Open and has struggled with injuries for some time. Additionally, her long-awaited return to Wimbledon saw an early exit as she lost in the first round.
Despite this, Serena Williams has an almost unbeatable legacy in women’s football.
1. Court of Marguerite
Undoubtedly one of the most dominant players of all time, Margaret Court tops this list with 24 Grand Slam singles titles through the amateur and open eras. Additionally, the Aussie has won 19 doubles titles and 19 mixed doubles titles, taking her tally to 62.
During a 15-year career that spanned nearly 1,300 games from 1960 to 1975, Court boasted an incredible 92% winning percentage. She also filled the record books with a number of feats that may never be matched. For example, she has won all four Grand Slam tournaments in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles categories at least twice.
Court also became the first player in the open era to sweep a single year of Grand Slam tournaments. In 1970, the Australian won the French, US and Australian Opens, as well as Wimbledon, all in the same year. Overall, she career singles wins include 11 Australian Opens, five Roland Garros, five US Opens and three Wimbledon crowns.
Unfortunately, the court controversial views tarnish her legacy as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. The Australian has a habit of making homophobic comments and is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage.
Regardless of her outspoken nature, Margaret Court set winning standards that may never be beaten.
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