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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    Potomac, Maryland, United States of America

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    Belgrade, Serbia

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    Ivan Lendl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Ivan Lendl Ostrava

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    Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Rod Laver Rockhampton, Australia

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    Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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    Andre Agassi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

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    Wiesbaden, Germany

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    Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Jimmy Connors East St. Louis, Illinois, United States of America

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    Roy Emerson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Roy Emerson Blackbutt, Queensland, Australia

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    Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Arthur Ashe Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

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    Andy Murray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Andy Murray Glasgow, United Kingdom

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    Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Ken Rosewall Sydney, Australia

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    Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Guillermo Vilas Buenos Aires, Argentina

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    Marat Safin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Marat Safin Moscow, Russia

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    Andy Roddick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Andy Roddick Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

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    Jim Courier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Jim Courier Sanford, Florida, United States of America

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    Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Ilie Năstase Bucharest, Romania

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    Florianópolis, Brazil

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    Patrick Rafter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Patrick Rafter Mount Isa, Australia

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    Goran Ivanišević is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Goran Ivanišević

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    Carlos Moya is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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    Carlos Moya

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    Split, Croatia, Croatia

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    Xàbia, Spain

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    Sergi Bruguera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Sergi Bruguera Barcelona, Spain

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    Ontinyent, Spain

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    Bill Tilden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Bill Tilden Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    René Lacoste is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    René Lacoste Paris, France

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    Petr Korda is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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    Petr Korda Prague, Czech Republic

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    Oakland, California, United States of America

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    Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Stan Smith Pasadena, California, United States of America

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    William Renshaw is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    William Renshaw Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

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    Oxford, United Kingdom

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    Juan Martín del Potro is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era


    Juan Martín del Potro Tandil, Argentina

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