Best Male Tennis Players

The Top Ten

1 Roger Federer Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player. He has held the world No. 1 spot more.

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 ...more

He has won a Grand Slam for a record 17 times. He dominated Tennis for so many years which no other tennis player can say. But, what really makes him the greatest player of all time is his ability to keep performing even when people say his carear is over. 2015 was said to be the year that Federer starts to lose his flairas he is already past 30, but he has proved all doubters by constantly being a contender in grand slams, getting to two grand slam finals and maintaining his world number 2 position. In my opinion there never has and never will be a player that can stay at the top of the sport for so long.

20 Grand Slams. 103 titles. 31 finals. And still winning tournaments at 38 years of age. He is the greatest tennis player of the Open Era, without a doubt. Rafa may have 19 Slams, but 12 of those are French Open's.

There are four types of tennis specialists: clay court professionals, hard court athletes and grass court players, the fourth is outside of this world... FEDERER! People have said that he has had back problems and injuries... Because of all the trophies and grand slam events he has won and lifted up for the crowd to speculate. He is one of a kind and a true champion and ambassador for the game! The most stylish and eloquent player on the tour, you can go on for another generation Fed

2 Rafael Nadal Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently world No. 1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

His never-say-die attitude has inspired me for almost 15 years now. When he retires, he will leave a great legacy of passion and excellence which transcends his sport of tennis. To top it all, even while active, he has dedicated himself to training the next generation.

Rafa may not be the best, but he is still my favorite tennis player. Just the way he fights on every single point like his life depends on it is inspiring. He doesn't end the points quickly, takes his time, makes the opponent suffer. Nadal is both at a physical and mental peak that is absolutely jaw-dropping. Break point? Set point? No problem. He saves them with what is arguably the most badass forehand in tennis history. Nadal makes us live his matches with him. His celebrations, injuries, pains, reliefs, we fight with him all the time. And he has an incredible sportsmanship in every situation, win or loose, great respect for his opponents.

He's the fiercest competitor the world of sport has ever seen. Wired to fight. He adds excitement tennis that never existed before. His slam count is phenomenal when you take into account his competition. He's had no easy ride throughout his career. First faced with Roger Federer, he then had Novak at his rear. Multiple injuries that would have halted anyone else's career, true to form he fought back. Importantly no one has transitioned from clay dominance on to other surfaces the way he has. His lesser known records are the cross over from clay to hard. 350+ match wins on both hard and clay courts. He won 35+ matches on clay courts and 35+ matches on hard courts in single calendar season.
Only behind Borg in channel slams but Borg never won a slam on hard courts. The argument that he would not have longevity is out of the window. Rafa is only the 3rd active player to play 1000 matches. He is the goat!

Roger and Novak's game styles can be compared to others. Rafa's is so unique and he can do things that no one else can. He is evolution before our very eyes and he may not have the 20 slams YET, but he has to be seen as the greatest. Federer at number 2, then Djokovic, then Sampras

3 Novak Djokovic Novak 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.

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.

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

Djokovic is already the greatest ever. He is in the most difficult era ever due to the likes of all time greats like Federer and Nadal along with future hall of famers and major champs Murray, Wawrinka, Del Potro, and other young players. Djokovic had the greatest season of all time in 2015 and won four majors in a row. He has the most Masters 1000s with 30 and has been in the finals of all nine and won eight of them. There is no weakness in his game anymore. I'm writing this at the time of the 2016 US Open and he has 12 now and he should have more by the end of his career.

Only other player in the last 10 years to hold down the illustrious no. 1 ranking. Most complete player ever (per Bollietterri). Already on 10 slams at the age of 28. Holds so many records (AO slam wins, best% wins on hard court, 8 of 9 Masters 1000 tournaments, three times winner of IW-Miami double beatind Fed, even head to head against BOTH Nadal and Fed etc etc). Has shown unprecedented success and continues. Definitely right up there with Fed and Nadal and may even surpass them when this is all over. Only a numbers game for Nole from here on in.

How fortunate we are to be witnessing three of the greatest ever to have played the game.

4 Pete Sampras

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

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 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!

Your all nuts. Sampras is the greatest there ever was. Maybe federer will be better than him one day. But until then sampras is untouchable.

5 Bjorn Borg

It only really makes sense to compare players from the same era. Technique, tactics, equipment, rules and training all move on. Whilst acknowledging that Federer's record is unmatched, Borg was the easily the greatest player of his generation.

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.

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?

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.

6 Ivan 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.

7 Jimmy 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.

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.

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

8 John McEnroe John Patrick McEnroe Jr. is a retired American tennis player, often considered among the greatest in the history of the sport.

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.

9 Andy Murray

Pure exellence. Is amazing wherever he his on the court. Has one of the best backhands ever. Everybody stops and stands still when he's on court.

One of the greatest ever british sportsmen, hopefully more to come from this fantastic athlete.

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

He Has won the Winmbeldon now and he is going to lead the future of tennis. The future champion - ANDY MURRAY

10 Boris Becker Boris Franz Becker is a German former world No. 1 professional tennis player. He was successful from the start of his career, winning the first of his six major singles titles at age 17.

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

What should I share - you never publish my opinions.

One of the best, should be in top 5.

Should be second

The Contenders

11 Rod Laver

No doubt has been said before, but 2 Grand Slams, book ends to the dramatic changes in tennis, the beginning of the Open Era. His longevity matches Federer's - and done in a time without the science, the technology and the private jets. Think of the greats he played from Head, Rosewell, Gonzales, Emerson, defeated Ashe, Connors and Borg. And I believe he was the effective number 1 for most of the decade, if not all from 60 to 70.

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.

12 Andy Roddick

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

Good player used be better though

Do not be hopeless

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😊

13 Andre Aggassi

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

Andre Aggassi is the best tennis player ever

Agassi behind things and Murray what a joke

He was number one at his time!

14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Will get a slam eventually

Why is he ahead of agassi

15 Stanislas Wawrinka

He is robin to federer batman

Yes stan is the man

Stan the man! <3 love him!

16 David Ferrer

Fastest player on tour even in esrly 30s incredible

17 Gael Monfils Gaël Sébastien Monfils is a French professional tennis player. He reached a career-high ATP world No. 6 singles ranking on November 7, 2016.

One of the most fun to watch tennis athletes. I mean who is doing all the crazy shots. Just love his style.

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

18 Tommy Haas

Most underrated tennis player ever.

19 Tomas 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

His forehand is so good he is my insparation

20 Juan 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.

Is the potencial besto all time. Veredes

21 Pancho Gonzales

His endurance even to the 40' was amazing and his servis game was really good. in my opinion if he was today he would be No. 1.

22 Lleyton Hewitt

Moast taleted player I ever watched... very unfortunate with health..
I'll never forget his teenage win over Agassi, and that epic victory in 2003. vs Federer, where Fed was serving for match in 3rd set... incredible fighter... I still belive he could reach another Grand Slam final! Come on!

23 Tim Henman
24 James Blake
25 Ilie Nastase

Highest winning percentage at the Masters. Was in 5 finals won 4. Could beat anyone, anytime on any surface.

Ilie Nastase John McEnroe Rafael Nadal my three top players great players great entertainers

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