Ranking the 10 greatest male tennis players of all time

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Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadalthree of tennis‘The all-time greats have been entertaining us on the courts for years, with fans wondering who is the best.

The GOAT list in any sport is always a debate among fans, it’s no different with tennis, people having their own opinions and thoughts.

how they play have compiled their list of the top 10 tennis players of all time, so with Wimbledon just around the corner, what better time to take a look at the list?

10. Ken Rosewall and Andre Agassi

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 17: Andre Agassi poses at the Lavazza Cafe at the Grand Slam Oval during day four of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images for Tennis Australia)

The pair are tied on this list, with Ken Rosewall boasting an impressive 133 career titles, including eight Grand Slam triumphs, including four at his Grand Slam in Australia, which he won aged 37. .

Andre Agassi is next on that list with eight Grand Slam titles as well. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 and boasts over $31 million in prize money.

9. John McEnroe

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 26: World Team captain John McEnroe speaks before Team Europe are presented with the Laver Cup trophy after beating World Team 14-1 on Day 3 of the 2021 Laver Cup at TD Garden on September 26, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

The 1999 Hall of Famer is the next player on this list, with more than 100 career titles, including seven Grand Slams. He was a controversial figure with his fiery attitude, but his ability on the courts was undisputed.

8. Jimmy Connors

SEPTEMBER 1991: JIMMY CONNORS OF USA PLAYS A TWO-HANDED RETURN DURING A 1991 US OPEN MATCH PLAYED AT FLUSHING MEADOWS IN NEW YORK.

Jimmy Connors dominated the early 70s, with a ridiculous 99-4 record in 1974, winning all three Grand Slams he entered that year. However, his association with World Team Tennis saw him banned and unable to stand a sweeping chance at Roland Garros.

7.Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl
June 1989: Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia poses with the winning trophy after winning the Stella Artois Championships held at the Queens Club, London. Mandatory Credit: Russell Cheyne/Allsport

Ivan Lendl was one of the quietest men away from the pitch in the 80s, but he dominated there. He was world number one for 270 weeks during this period, which was a record at the time.

6. Bjon Borg

Bjorn Borg of Sweden holds the trophy aloft after beating Jimmy Connors of the United States in the men’s singles final match at the Wimbledon tennis championship on July 8, 1978 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon in London, in England. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Bjon Borg’s dominance in the late ’70s was ridiculous, seeing him win five consecutive Wimbledon titles from 1976 to 1980. This group’s eventual title saw this mammoth five-set blockbuster with John McEnroe, one of the most great games of all time.

5. Pete Sampras

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Pete Sampras of the United States scores a backhand return against Justin Gimelstob during their men’s match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship July 1, 2000 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London, England. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)

Surprisingly, Pete Sampras didn’t complete the Grand Slam set as the French Open eluded him. However, he was dominant on both hard and grass courts, topping the world rankings for six consecutive years despite his struggles on clay.

4. Rod Laver

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 14: Rod Laver poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup during the Australian Open trophy arrival and welcome home ceremony on day one of the 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne Park on January 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Rod Laver is the most successful player on this list with a staggering 200 titles to his name. He was also world number one for seven consecutive years from 1964 to 1970. His legacy on Australian tennis was enormous, with the center court at the Australian Open bearing his name.

3.Roger Federer

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LONDON – JULY 6: Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy after his victory over Mark Philippoussis of Australia in the men’s singles final on the final day of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships held on July 6, 2003 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in Wimbledon, London. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Swiss ace is usually referred to as a GOAT, but he only gets the bronze medal in this list. Now in his 40s, he can still compete at the top of the game. Injuries are hampering him right now, but you’d be foolish to oppose him adding to his 20 Grand Slams.

2. Raphael Nadal

Rafael Nadal: How much did he earn by winning Roland-Garros?
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain bites the trophy after winning against Casper Ruud of Norway in the men’s singles final match on day 15 of the 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on June 05, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The king of clay has the most Grand Slams in history of any male tennis player with 22, largely due to his dominance on the clay surface, taking his tally at Roland Garros to 14. he’s been a pro for over two decades and has amassed 92 titles so far.

1. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy in front of the honors board and points his name after winning his men’s singles final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Thomas Lovelock – Pool/Getty Images)

Djokovic enjoyed his best years and was virtually unbeatable in 2021. He was aiming for the Grand Slam schedule before a straight-set loss to Daniil Medvedev at the US Open shattered dreams. He still has 87 career titles including 20 Grand Slams and like the top three on this list, he’s probably not done yet.


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