Tennis has a rich history in terms of records and achievements of great players. Tennis players are known among the most iconic figures in the world of sport. In the past many years, a lot of debate has been going about who is the greatest of all time in the game. It is however difficult and unfair to single out one player over the other due to different achievements, eras, and game styles. We bring to you the greatest tennis players of the Open Era in the men’s section.
Roger Federer: Tennis Players
The Swiss maestro is currently ranked world number 3. He however has been the most successful tennis player in the Open Era. Federer has already raised 20 Grand Slam trophies, been at the top of ATP singles rankings for 310 weeks and also won 1242 singles matches. Federer is also a great example of fitness and longevity being solid on the tour at above 38 years of age. His graceful and fluid game style makes the Swiss legend one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Roger is also one of the most popular athletes in the world of sport.
Rafael Nadal: Tennis Players
The Spanish sensation also known as the King of Clay is among the greatest tennis players in the game’s history. He has already won 19 Grand Slam titles and looks good for a few more before calling it a day. Nadal’s performance on clay especially at Roland Garros has been frightening with 93 wins and only 2 losses. Rafa also has been world number 1 for more than 200 weeks. He has won the Olympic Gold medals, one each in singles and doubles. Apart from these records Nadal’s great heart and unconquerable spirit make him one of the greatest tennis players ever.
The Serb is the 3rd member of the BIG 3 group. He was far behind his two other rivals till 2011 but has turned things around since then. Novak is now a holder of 17 Grand Slams and the world number 1 for 282 weeks. He also is the only male player to win all 9 Masters 1000 titles, known as the golden masters. Djokovic still has a few years ahead of him. Many tennis experts say that the Serb could finish at the top of the greatest tennis players list by the time he retires from the game. Novak also has a positive head to head record against his both great rivals, Federer and Nadal
The Australian legend famously known as the Rockhampton Rocket is another legend of the sport. He won all 4 Grand Slams in the same year twice in his career. This is known as the calendar slam and Laver did this twice, in the years 1962 and 1969. Laver finished his career with 11 major titles. He would have won a few more if not for those lost years of being banned due to amateur professional controversy. Laver also excelled on all surfaces having won each of the slams at least 2 times. This was in a time when technology and equipment in the game were not so advanced as the current times.