Best Male Tennis Players
The Top Ten
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.
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. - micahisthebest
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!
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.
Can't compare him to anyone. The greatest. Broken most records, just a couple more to take.
No one plays like him. And, the stats are there to make him the best ever
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
Capable of playing in all surfaces against the respective court specialist
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
I'm not a huge fan of Djokovic, Federer or Nadal and I feel like people give to much credit to Federer and Nadal, most of all Federer because of his grand slam total. When Djokovic is on he is unbeatable even if Federer or Nadal is playing amazing too Djokovic is better.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
JOHN MCENROE THE IDIOT!
I like murray but he has to win a lot more than 2 slams to be this high in the rankings
One of the greatest ever british sportsmen, hopefully more to come from this fantastic athlete.
One of my favourite players. Even though he stoped a while, he still plays good
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 should I share - you never publish my opinions.
Should be second
No one (but bjorn borg) could play better.He was a champion for such a long time.
One of the best,should be in top 5.
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.
Do not be hopeless
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😊
Agassi behind things and Murray what a joke
Andre Aggassi is the best tennis player ever
He was number one at his time! - Goku02
I lost all hope on this list when I saw Andre Agassi behind the likes of Gael Monfils.
Why is he ahead of agassi
Will get a slam eventually
He is robin to federer batman
Yes stan is the man
Stan the man! <3 love him!
Fastest player on tour even in esrly 30s incredible
Very determined! Is not worried about losing. Just plays his best.
One of the most fun to watch tennis athletes. I mean who is doing all the crazy shots. Just love his style.
most underrated tennis player ever
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
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
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.
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!
Ilie Nastase John McEnroe Rafael Nadal my three top players great players great entertainers
Highest winning percentage at the Masters. Was in 5 finals won 4. Could beat anyone, anytime on any surface.
I don't care what the list says, best ever to me has nothing to do with consistency. The most devastating player, and the most interesting to watch, of all time is Marat Safin. When his game was on no one could touch him. Just look at his 2005 Australian Open final with Federer, or his demolition of Sampras in the 2000 US Open final. If he had a mental game and desire to win he would be #1 on this list.
No power but one of the best
He should have been ranked much higher if he is not injury prone.
His talent deserves top5or4
He is so talented
Ernie's currently on fire!
He just haves fun which is awesome
He is a savage
Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend
Incredible to watch. He was just pure talent
Not number one of all times, but with seven Grand Slams he is up there among the great ones.
The best tennis brain in history
Raonic is the best player of all time, perfect serve, perfect forehand and perfect net playing.
I love as a lawn tennis fan
Cheated to get silver medal in 2008. Jame blake should have been in the final because blake didn't chest and was a better player.
Most talented player I've ever seen.
The best attacking player
Fastest man to the net
Should be top 10, easily
He should be in top 7 at least. a very fine player.
TOP TEN EVER. RECORD MAN.
Well if you think federa is the best he is not better than god he bearly even played againsed god