The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era Tennis Players

The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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This list of the greatest male tennis players of the Open Era includes some of the most iconic names in men's tennis. Who are the best male singles tennis players since the game became open (professionals included) in 1968? Some might argue that Roger Federer is, without question, one of the best - if not *the* best men's tennis player of all time. Disagree? That's totally fine, just cast your votes as you see fit and, if you want, you can also re-rank this list in any order you like.

Any list of great male tennis players of the Open Era should include many of the players on this list of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. And debates can certainly get interesting. Nadal vs. Federer is a pretty epic debate, for example. Sure, Nadal may rule the clay courts, but where does he stack up in the bigger picture, especially against the likes of Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg?

Does Novak Djokovic deserve to be listed here? He's arguably one of the top current men's tennis players. Andy Murray? Same situation. It's hard to know for sure where these younger players will rank in the annals of tennis history, but it's sure hard to argue they aren't some of the best.

If you're a huge tennis fan, you might also want to check out these lists and vote for the greatest female tennis players of the Open Era and the best players of all time, too.

List Criteria: Only male tennis players from 1968 to the present

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &ranked high on reranks
    Roger Federer

    1981 More
    100
  2. 2
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pete Sampras

    1971 More
    94
  3. 3
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    ranked high on reranks
    Björn Borg

    1956 More
    88
  4. 4
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    most listed
    Andre Agassi

    1970 More
    86
  5. 5
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    1986 More
    84
  6. 6
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    1959 More
    83
  7. 7
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    often listed
    Novak Djokovic

    1987 More
    82
  8. 8
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    1938 More
    81
  9. 9
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    1952 More
    79
  10. 10
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    1960 More
    74
  11. 11
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    1967 More
    71
  12. 12
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    1966 More
    66
  13. 13
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    1964 More
    53
  14. 14
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    1970 More
    53
  15. 15
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    1972 More
    52
  16. 16
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    1981 More
    51
  17. 17
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    niche appeal
    Andy Roddick

    1982 More
    51
  18. 18
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    1980 More
    51
  19. 19
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    1952 More
    51
  20. 20
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    1943 More
    49
  21. 21
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    niche appeal
    Andy Murray

    1987 More
    49
  22. 22
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    Goran Ivanišević

    1971 More
    48
  23. 23
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    Down 40
    1934 More
    47
  24. 24
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    No image
    1944 More
    47
  25. 25
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    1976 More
    43
  26. 26
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    1946 More
    37
  27. 27
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    1974 More
    28
  28. 28
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Jan Kodeš

    1946 More
    27
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    Stan Smith

    1946 More
    26
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