Tennis The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era  

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List Rules 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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1
831 839
Pete Sampras is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1994, 1997; Finalist 1995
Wimbledon: Winner 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999
US Open: Winner 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002; Finalist 1992, 2000, 2001

2
637 594
Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Australia

Australian Open: Winner 1969
French Open: Winner 1969; Finalist 1968
Wimbledon: Winner 1968, 1969
US Open: Winner 1969

3
688 641
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

French Open: Finalist 1984
Wimbledon: Winner 1981, 1983, 1984; Finalist 1980, 1982
US Open: Winner 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984; Finalist 1985

4
1,634 952
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Switzerland

Australian Open: Winner 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018; Finalist 2009
French Open: Winner 2009; Finalist 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
Wimbledon: Winner 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017; Finalist 2008, 2014, 2015
US Open: Winner 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; Finalist 2009, 2015

5
426 429
Stefan Edberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Sweden

Australian Open: Winner 1985, 1987; Finalist 1990, 1992, 1993
French Open: Finalist 1989
Wimbledon: Winner 1988, 1990; Finalist 1989
US Open: Winner 1991, 1992

6
901 821
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Spain

Australian Open: Winner 2009; Finalist 2012, 2014, 2017
French Open: Winner 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018
Wimbledon: Winner 2008, 2010; Finalist 2006, 2007, 2011
US Open: Winner 2010, 2013, 2017; Finalist 2011

7
219 280
Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Australia

Australian Open: Winner 1971, 1972
French Open: Winner 1968; Finalist 1969
Wimbledon: Finalist 1970, 1974
US Open: Winner 1970; Finalist 1974

8
745 673
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Serbia

Australian Open: Winner 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
French Open: Winner 2016; Finalist 2012, 2014, 2015
Wimbledon: Winner 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018; Finalist 2013
US Open: Winner 2011, 2015, 2018; Finalist 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016

9
556 516
Björn Borg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Sweden

French Open: Winner 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
Wimbledon: Winner 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980; Finalist 1981
US Open: Finalist 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981

10
131 187
John Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Australia

Australian Open: Winner 1973, 1975; Finalist 1976
Wimbledon: Winner 1970, 1971; Finalist 1969
US Open: Winner 1973

11
656 591
Ivan Lendl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America, Czechoslovakia

Australian Open: Winner 1989, 1990; Finalist 1983, 1991
French Open: Winner 1984, 1986, 1987; Finalist 1981, 1985
Wimbledon: Finalist 1986, 1987
US Open: Winner 1985, 1986, 1987; Finalist 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989

12
422 386
Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003
French Open: Winner 1999; Finalist 1990, 1991
Wimbledon: Winner 1992; Finalist 1999
US Open: Winner 1994, 1999; Finalist 1995, 2002, 2005

13
313 251
Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

14
173 179
Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1970; Finalist 1971
Wimbledon: Winner 1975
US Open: Winner 1968; Finalist 1972

15
293 242
Boris Becker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
West Germany, Germany

Australian Open: Winner 1991, 1996
Wimbledon: Winner 1985, 1986, 1989; Finalist 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995
US Open: Winner 1989

16
44 71
Lew Hoad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
kurtuver added Australia

17
59 87
Pat Cash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
pdrodosk added Australia

Australian Open: Finalist 1987, 1988
Wimbledon: Winner 1987

18
254 278
Andy Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Scotland, United Kingdom

Australian Open: Finalist 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
French Open: Finalist 2016
Wimbledon: Winner 2013, 2016; Finalist 2012
US Open: Winner 2012; Finalist 2008

19
29 65
Pancho Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
debbie66 added United States of America

20
47 84
Manuel Santana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

21
93 69
Stanislas Wawrinka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Switzerland

Australian Open: Winner 2014
French Open: Winner 2015; Finalist 2017
US Open: Winner 2016

22
160 201
Mats Wilander is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Sweden

Australian Open: Winner 1983, 1984, 1988; Finalist 1985
French Open: Winner 1982, 1985, 1988; Finalist 1983, 1987
US Open: Winner 1988; Finalist 1987

23
106 155
Patrick Rafter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Australia

Wimbledon: Finalist 2000, 2001
US Open: Winner 1997, 1998

24
126 142
Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Argentina

Australian Open: Winner 1978, 1989; Finalist 1977
French Open: Winner 1977; Finalist 1975, 1978, 1982
US Open: Winner 1977

25
123 148
Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Romania

French Open: Winner 1973; Finalist 1971
Wimbledon: Finalist 1972, 1976
US Open: Winner 1972

26
102 116
Gustavo Kuerten is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Brazil

French Open: Winner 1997, 2000, 2001

27
95 135
Goran Ivanisevic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Croatian

Wimbledon: Winner 2001; Finalist 1992, 1994, 1998

28
25 50
Adriano Panatta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
pdrodosk added Italy

French Open: Winner 1976

29
77 60
Juan Martín del Potro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Argentina

US Open: Winner 2009, Finalist 2018

30
120 185
Marat Safin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Russia

Australian Open: Winner 2005; Finalist 2002, 2004
US Open: Winner 2000

31
37 41
Manuel Orantes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Spain

French Open: Finalist 1974
US Open: Winner 1975

32
161 247
Andy Roddick is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Wimbledon: Finalist 2004, 2005, 2009
US Open: Winner 2003; Finalist 2006

33
120 189
Jim Courier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Australian Open: Winner 1992, 1993
French Open: Winner 1991, 1993; Finalist 1993
Wimbledon: Finalist 1993
US Open: Finalist 1991

34
119 194
Lleyton Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Australia

Australian Open: Finalist 2005
Wimbledon: Winner 2002
US Open: Winner 2001; Finalist 2004

35
51 103
Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

Wimbledon: Winner 1972; Finalist 1971
US Open: Winner 1971

36
30 49
Michael Stich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Germany

French Open: Finalist 1996
Wimbledon: Winner 1991
US Open: Finalist 1994

37
22 38
Miloslav Mečíř is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Slovakia

Australian Open: Finalist 1989
US Open: Finalist 1986

38
49 74
Michael Chang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added United States of America

Australian Open: Finalist 1996
French Open: Winner 1989; Finalist 1995
US Open: Finalist 1996

39
39 58
David Nalbandian is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Argentina

Wimbledon: Finalist 2002

40
36 89
Jan Kodeš is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Czech Republic

French Open: Winner 1970, 1971
Wimbledon: Winner 1973
US Open: Finalist 1971, 1973

41
44 76
Marcelo Ríos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Chile

Australian Open: Finalist 1998

42
29 46
Sergi Bruguera is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Spain

French Open: Winner 1993, 1994; Finalist 1997

43
33 51
Juan Carlos Ferrero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Spain

French Open: Winner 2003; Finalist 2002
US Open: Finalist 2003

44
54 117
Yevgeny Kafelnikov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Russia

Australian Open: Winner 1999; Finalist 2000
French Open: Winner 1996

45
12 8
Vitas Gerulaitis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

46
28 39
Carlos Moya is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Carlos Moya

47
34 64
Tommy Haas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added United States of America

48
39 59
David Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Spain

French Open: Finalist 2013

49
5 18
Johan Kriek is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America, South Africa

Australian Open: Winner 1981, 1982

50
28 54
Gaël Monfils is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added France