Best Male Tennis Player

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1Roger Federer

At the moment, Roger Federer is the most accomplished male tennis player ever, although it's impossible to really say he's the most talented. You could easily make the argument that Rafael Nadal is actually better on that count, since Nadal has clear advantage over Federer in terms of head to head, especially in the Slams. The day may also come when Nadal could surpass Federer's insane mark of 17 Grand Slams.

I'm giving the nod to Federer partly because he dominated tennis so thoroughly and convincingly for about a five year stretch...a feat that will be nearly impossible to replicate. You might say the competition was a little inferior during most of his tennis prime, but you can only play what's out there. No tennis player was that dominant for that extended stretch of time.

In his prime, Federer was a machine. His greatest strength, among the many you could name, were his groundstrokes. He could hit the ball at such an angle with tremendous power that made it ...more - jfausti

Tennis means Federer, Federer means Tennis. He is a god of tennis. Most stylish tennis player. If he is in the other side of the court you have to have something more than tennis.

Roger Federer is the king of tennis, 16 grand slams says it all, the most prize money in tennis history is all you need to know, he may be struggling now but give him a break, 3 or 4 years ago he was unstoppable!

Simply the best.

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2Rafael Nadal

When Nadal is on form there is no stopping him - I have a great respect for Federer but at the end of the day whenever he faces an in form Nadal he loses. Nadal is surely the greatest if not the most popular...

Nadal has won everything that is to win in tennis: 11 grand slams, Career Golden Slam (which Federer has not won) gold medal in Olympic for singles (Federer has not won) 3 Davis Cups (Federer has not won) has a winning record over Federer (19-8). What more does he have to do

Hopefully he can win yet another French Open and he will truly become the King of Clay. Truly one of the best Spaniards in tennis.

I don't think he'll pass federer

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3Novak DjokovicNovak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No.1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

It's too bad that no one is able to recognize how great Djokovic is when he is playing in the same era as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Djokovic is probably already a better all-time player than Nadal and Rafa is pretty much done with his career. The highest winning percentage of all time, 11 majors, 29 Master's 1000's titles, 200 weeks at number 1, 5 World Tour Finals, 64 titles and he's still right at his peak. He'll be the favorite at every tournament he plays which no one has ever been able to say for anyone, even Roger Federer, and everyone is just riding Nadal because of the French Opens without even thinking about the fact that Nadal from his first major win to last major win, his supposed peak, had 6 losses in the first week and didn't even play 4 of them. Since winning his first slam, the 2008 Australian Open, Djokovic has had only TWO first week losses, the equivalent of Roger Federer. If someone rebooted this list, Djokovic would be put miles ahead of Nadal now that ...more

He is not the most exciting player to watch but he's brilliantly consistent, better than anyone has ever been. Honestly back in the mid-late 2000's I never thought anyone would reach Federer's level any time soon but Djokovic has done just that. He'll run Roger and his 17 majors close, he might end up with 1 less, tied, or 1 more but he's definitely achieved in a more competitive era. Novak #1 for me.

I love Novak. He has been my favorite tennis player for the last 10 years. I have watched every single big match he's played, dedicated hours on hours to studying his play, memorizing his stats, woken up at crazy hours of the night to see him play in slams or masters 1000s. This man has been my hero. But he is in no way the 3rd best player of all time. Yet. He could certainly be on his way, but the likes of Laver and Sampras have him beat, with Borg having as good of a peak as him and Lendl and Connors obviously having better longevity. Still, Djokovic is an amazing player and competitor, and he has proven himself to be one of the all time greats and is still in his peak, dominating the game.

Best player ever

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4Pete Sampras

This is the only person I ever enjoyed watching playing tennis when I was a kid. It was almost unreal how he never seemed to break a sweat and just kept on winning for what I think is the longest record so far. Sampras vs. Agassi matches were the most epic. None of the current crop of players even comes close!

When Pete's game was on... He didn't need ground strokes to beat his opponents.
What about those running forehands, overhead smashes and crisp volleys. Phew...
That underrated backhand... Just look at some of his backhand winners against becker, agassi etc.. You will realise that Pete had no weakness. A TRUE PHENOM

When I was under the age of 12 tennis= Bjork for a very good reason.when I became 30 tennis=Sampras.both gods of the tennis court.I think that Bjork of the 21 century is Pete you-know-who!

Must be #3, 14 Grand Slams and second to Federer on most weeks as #1. Djokovic still not at his level.

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5Bjorn Borg

His competition was fierce, as he played several men on this list and usually trumped them. I don't see the current players struggling with the likes of guys like Connors, McEnroe, and Lendl. Nadal is already physically shot at 22. And Borg did it all with a wooden racket.

Bjorn Borg not only won the french open 6 times, but he also won Wimbledon 5 times Nadal may beat his career, but for now my vote is with Borg the master of clay and the grass.

Quitting at the age of 25, when still being one of the best players in the world, is unique. For ever leaving us with the obvious question: how many grand slams could he actually have won?

No one is better than bjorn.

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6Andy Murray

I like murray but he has to win a lot more than 2 slams to be this high in the rankings

My all time favourite player he is still getting better and has the davis cup the olympic title in his pocket until someone can prise them away

What a great player, not rude like federer

Would be around 500 if not british

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7Jimmy Connors

I think connors should be higher he still holds records for most wins and tournaments won and spent more time in top 5 then anybody who ever played

I loved to see him play. We don't have players of his caliber today. He had a personality that appealed to the public and he backed it up with the results of his games.

Jimmy Connors was my favorite male tennis player ever. He had a class and style about him that no one else had. I miss watching him because it was always exciting.

He had asthma and still set records even though he was not a tall player.

8Ivan Lendl

One of the hardest working tennis players most others just made it on talent but Ivan worked his butt off.

Ranked number 1 for 270 weeks between 1983 and 1990...are you kidding me, this guy was good.

9John McEnroe

People said he complained about calls a bit. But the thing is, he was right most of time. He had game, and provided some great tennis battles over the years.

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10Rod Laver

Two Grand Slams... Interrupted by 6 years. Laver would have won at least 4 Grand Slams in his career. It is embarrassing to see him rated 13! I agree with Federer and Nadal who both have stated Laver is without peer in tennis history.

11 grand slams during his career, but even more impressively, he twice won all 4 grand slams in the same year. he should be higher I would say

I had the pleasure of seeing Laver play and he was
Stunning. He had a great forehand, backhand, and brain.

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The Contenders

11Andy Roddick

Good player used be better though

Andy is so hotter than federer and novak...
I'm so disappointed!

Andy Roddick is a brilliant player from America and a real shame when he retired as I thought he would have been a great champion😊

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12Boris Becker

What should I share - you never publish my opinions.

No one (but bjorn borg) could play better.He was a champion for such a long time.

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15Gael Monfils

Very determined! Is not worried about losing. Just plays his best.

16Andre Aggassi

Agassi behind things and Murray what a joke

Andre Aggassi is the best tennis player ever

I lost all hope on this list when I saw Andre Agassi behind the likes of Gael Monfils.

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17Stanislas WawrinkaV4 Comments
18Tommy Haas

most underrated tennis player ever

19Juan Martín del Potro

Juan martin is a brilliant flamboyant player that towering over all the opponents. Get well Juan Martin you are missed at wimbledon

If it wasn't for injuries multiple time grand slam winner

Consistency is what he needs. He'll be a great player.

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20Tomas Berdych

He is consistently knocked out in quarters but that's not a bad thing

Will win a grand slam eventfully let's go tomas

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