The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era Tennis Players
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The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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

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.
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    the people's #1
    Roger Federer

    1981 More
    100
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    1971 More
    93
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    1986 More
    89
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    1956 More
    87
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    most listed
    Andre Agassi

    1970 More
    84
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    1938 More
    82
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    1959 More
    81
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    1952 More
    78
  9. 9
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    1987 More
    77
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    1960 More
    76
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    1967 More
    69
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    1966 More
    62
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    1982 More
    53
  14. 14
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    1987 More
    52
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    1964 More
    49
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    1970 More
    47
  17. 17
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    1981 More
    47
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    1980 More
    47
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    1952 More
    46
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    Arthur Ashe

    1943 More
    45
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    1944 More
    45
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    1972 More
    43
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    1934 More
    43
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    1946 More
    41
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    1976 More
    38
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    Goran Ivanišević

    1971 More
    38
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    1936 More
    35
  28. 28
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    1971 More
    33
  29. 29
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    often listed
    Yevgeny Kafelnikov

    1974 More
    29
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    often listed
    Stan Smith

    1946 More
    27
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    1904 More
    26
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    1893 More
    26
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    26
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    25
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    Laurence Doherty

    25
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    1901 More
    25
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    1930 More
    24
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    1938 More
    24
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    24
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    1946 More
    21
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