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 nearly impossible for his opponent to stay in the point, especially the longer it went on. But perhaps one of the toughest parts about Federer was that he was almost invulnerable. He almost never beat himself with silly mistakes and unforced errors. Nothing less than your A game was required to even give you a shot at beating him.

Perhaps best of all, Federer has been a class act in both victory and defeat, on and off the court. He has been a model of sportsmanship that is hard to come by in today's world of sports, especially considering the sad stories with today's athletes almost every time you turn on your TV set.

Hats off to you, Fed...truly one of the greats in all of sports, not just tennis. - 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!

The King, and the most ultimate tennis legend ever!

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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...

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.

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

I don't think he'll pass federer

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3Novak Djokovic

Growing talent. Will become world best after some years.
Nadal fans will see.

Are you kidding me? He has been number 1 this whole year and has killed Nadal and Federer and you rank him number 3? Tell it to his Wimbledon and US Open trophies.

It must be appreciated that he won 24 masters titles (tied with Federer and much more than Sampras) and is most consistent player in the Open era after Federer. He already has more match wins on the slams than Sampras.

Novak will be the best tennis player on the world!

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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?

I love bjorn borg because I have watch him winning the championship 5 times and was very sad when he retired. Thanks you Borg. 😍

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6Jimmy Connors

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.

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

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

7Andy Murray

Now that I've given him that vote he better win a grand slam! - Chimpchomp

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

I cannot believe he is 11th he should be AT LEAST 3RD

Murray is the best you can win! 1

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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.

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

He may have never gotten a chance to play on harcourts but I'm pretty sure he would kick Federer's a if he did

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

11Boris Becker

What should I share - you never publish my opinions.

12David Ferrer

Fastest player on tour even in esrly 30s incredible

13Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Will get a slam eventually

14Andy Roddick

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😊

Good player used be better though

Do not be hopeless

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

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15Stanislas Wawrinka

He is robin to federer batman

Stan the man! <3 love him!

16Andre Aggassi
17Gael Monfils

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

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.

20Tomas Berdych

Will win a grand slam eventfully let's go tomas

His forehand is so good he is my insparation

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