The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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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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    Belgrade, Serbia

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    Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

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    Sydney, Australia

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    Glasgow, United Kingdom

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    Adelaide, Australia

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    Goran Ivanišević is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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    Goran Ivanišević

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    Madrid, Spain

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    Paris, France

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    Villeurbanne, France

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    Guayaquil, Ecuador

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    Tandil, Argentina

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    Barcelona, Spain

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    Sochi, Krasnodar, Russia

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    Prague, Czech Republic

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