Greatest Tennis Players Ever

A list that gives the top 10 tennis players of all time!

The Top Ten

1 Roger Federer Roger Federer

I vote for Federer.

A good player must have the ability to combine effectiveness with fluency and elegance in the execution of the game. Nature knows no reviews. A less effort implies less energy consumed, and if you want effectiveness and results, you have to be an exquisite in sport.

Just pass a look through the pictures of the faces of the players hitting the ball, most completely dislocated by the effort. Then watch Federer, there is NO effort! Even today, nearly 34 years.

I have almost 45 years following this sport, I have never seen anything like it.

To achieve this and to be the current world No. 2, still playing with such Giants of the sport (Djokovic, Murray, Nadal, etc. ), must be more than superlative.

In addition, with more age than the rest.

When another player proves me to be able to transmit that feeling that everything is fluid in tennis, I change my mind.

Thank you.

You can make a case for Nadal at number 1 due to his head to head record vs Federer, especially in the Slams. This case could definitely be made if the day comes when Nadal surpasses Fed's Grand Slam record.

I'm saying that Federer had a 4-5 year run in which he destroyed the competition in a way nobody ever had before. Perhaps he took advantage of a time that lacked top heavy competition, but you can only play what's out there. I've never seen such domination by one player for that length of time.

Federer's game is like watching a machine at work. His greatest strength is his groundstrokes, particularly during his mid to late 20's. He could hit the ball with such power and at such an angle that gave his opponents no chance to stay in the point once a rally began. He had such a complete all around game and very rarely lost a match by beating himself with excessive unforced errors.

And to top it all off, he's been a true sportsman in both victory and defeat, a ...more

Could have played in any era and still won and much! The game is played on slower courts now with power from the back of the court yet here's a champion whose ability set him aside from all others with tennis that we will probably never see the level of again. A true champion on and off the field and perhaps the greatest sportsman of all time.

No one has ever played tennis better than Federer.

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2 Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal

For me, greatness is a combination of two factors: how good were you at your best and how long did you stay that good? Djokovic at his best is the greatest player the game has ever seen, but he's only performed at or near that level for about 3 years. Federer demonstrated incredible consistency and longevity, remaining at an elite level for nearly 10 years, but even at his best he was a step below the level Nadal and Djokovic have achieved. Nadal is the best combination of longevity (first major in 2005, still going strong 8 years later) and peak performance (winning record against every top competitor of his era, particularly Federer, and the highest overall winning percentage of any player in the open era).

Give the best on all of his game. Keep making the record. Always be the best on his personal and national team ranking

He is improving each year in all surfaces. His mentality is incredible.

The Goat, no doubt about it. No one had the dedication and determination that he had

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3 Pete Sampras

Federer until recently didn't have the competition that Sampras faced throughout his entire career. Sampras faced Borg, McEnroe, Agassi, Chang, Martin and even Federer himself and if he had continued to play, he would have won more majors.

Lord I miss this guy's matches. He made it look so easy to win, until the day I picked up a racket and learnt it is quite the opposite.

Based upon the competition he had to play against, and that volley and serve of his, he is the greatest!

No other tennis player has as many records as Pete!

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4 Novak Djokovic 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.

Only 27 years old and already 8 grand slam titles... And counting - trazel

Djokovic is dominating the entire world right now,I see no competition right now. I believe he will break Federer's record for slams and weeks at number 1.

Just wait and see - He will prove himself to be the best.

He leads Federer and Nadal head to head, and that's what determines who is and should be considered #1, not Grand Slams.

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5 Bjorn Borg

He was my costume for Halloween it was pretty nice he hurt ma back so it wasn't really that great but still don't care

He is the only tennis player to have won Wimbledon and the French Open in the same year for 3 consecutive years

won Wimbledon a record 5 times in a row and the French an all time 6-times record, and he also won them 3 time back to back, in a ROW!!

Five in row at wimbledon unheard of in a time of conners and mcconroe. The cool swede was blighted with injuries or would have won more.

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6 Jimmy Connors

Great backhand and service return. Excellent footwork and determination.

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7 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova

Definitely the greatest tennis player to have ever lived. She ruled the court like an empress. The champion of 18 Grand Slam singles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (phew)... Now ask who is the best.

How on earth can Djokovic be placed in front of Navratilova?

One of the greatest in regards to their gender

8 Steffi Graf Steffi Graf

She had talent, she had character. She hardly lost her cool even when she was losing. She gave no excuses for ehr lost. she is the epitome of what sportwomaship should be

Achieved the Golden Slam, and many, many more

What idiot would put a person with 22 major champoinships, 107 titles, held the 1 ranking for 377 weeks.. And won at least 4 majors on all surfaces this low? Your post has not validity

9 Andy Murray Andy Murray

He is one of the best and most talented athletes ever. He has an exquisite backhand. Amazing footwork. Strong emotions, and he's crazily passionate about the sport.

He will be a grand slam winner and a legend soon.

-Mohammad Nawaflih

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10 John McEnroe John McEnroe

The Contenders

11 Ivan Lendl

Ivan has to be way higher than this all his wins tournaments won and his year in the top come on know

12 Andre Agassi Andre Agassi

Should be number 3 behind Federer and Sampras.

He is really the best player EVER!

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13 Chris Evert Chris Evert

The player that had the best winning percentage of all time is the best player in my book!

14 Rod Laver

Laver won the grand slam (all 4 majors) as an amateur in 1962. He then turned professional and as a result was banned from playing the 4 grand slam tournaments for 5 years. He was allowed back in 1969 when tennis turned professional and duly won the grand slam again in 1969. How many grand slams would he have won if he wasn't banned for 5 years? He is the only player to win the grand slam twice and the only player (male or female) to win the grand slam in the open era. He also won the doubles grand slam 6 times and the mixed doubles grand slam twice. He was won the Davis Cup 5 times as a member of the Australian team. How's he going so far?

2 Grand Slams - Unbelievable. Most of those in the list above Rod have never achieved one Grand Slam! - John McEnroe had the best touch and was by far the most entertaining but Rod Laver has it on achievements. - plmilligan1968

unstoppable on all surfaces. grand slam X 2. several years apart, I might add. In his time, he was by far the best.

How many grand slams would he have won during the 5 year ban.
I would estimate at least 12 so that would rank him as the greatest ever
which he was and absolute natural and a great gent.

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15 Boris Becker
16 Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova

Maria sharapova is so talented and the most beautiful tennis player

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17 Monica Seles Monica Seles

Without a doubt, the greatest womens tennis player in the game at her time. Even Martina Navratilova went to Florida to bring Monica Back to the game after her stabbing, that says allot.

Without the stabbing would have dominated as Graf before her, unconventional but steely! A true champion.

A true champion. One of the hardest fighters the game has ever seen.

18 Andy Roddick Andy Roddick
19 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

He is one of the most aggressive tennis players ever. Once he has confidence he can sometimes be unstoppable.
Jo fights until the end, for example, against Roger Federer in Wimbledon 2011 when he was 2 sets down, and in the 3rd set he built up his confidence, and in the 4th and 5th he was ripping winners to Roger Federer.

20 Mardy Fish
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