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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.
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528 386
Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Rod Laver Australia

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

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2
711 616
Pete Sampras is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Pete Sampras 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

3
584 455
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
John McEnroe 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
1,227 836
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Roger Federer South Africa, Switzerland

Australian Open: Winner 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017; 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
369 304
Stefan Edberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Stefan Edberg 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
185 161
Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ken Rosewall Australia

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

7
601 530
Ivan Lendl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ivan Lendl 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

8
675 746
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Rafael Nadal Spain

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

9
577 617
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Novak Djokovic Serbia

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

10
112 142
John Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
John Newcombe Australia

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

11
149 140
Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Arthur Ashe United States of America

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

12
242 205
Boris Becker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Boris Becker West Germany, Germany

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

13
440 480
Björn Borg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Björn Borg 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

14
347 357
Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Andre Agassi 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

15
259 227
Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jimmy Connors United States of America

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37 29
Lew Hoad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
kurtuver added Lew Hoad Australia

17
50 42
Pat Cash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
pdrodosk added Pat Cash Australia

Australian Open: Finalist 1987, 1988
Wimbledon: Winner 1987

18
19 28
Pancho Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
debbie66 added Pancho Gonzales United States of America

19
207 237
Andy Murray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Andy Murray 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

20
43 51
Manuel Santana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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22 24
Adriano Panatta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
pdrodosk added Adriano Panatta Italy

French Open: Winner 1976

22
108 122
Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Guillermo Vilas Argentina

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

23
101 124
Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ilie Năstase Romania

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

24
122 181
Mats Wilander is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Mats Wilander Sweden

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

25
81 96
Gustavo Kuerten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Gustavo Kuerten Brazil

French Open: Winner 1997, 2000, 2001

26
84 114
Goran Ivanisevic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Goran Ivanišević Croatian

Wimbledon: Winner 2001; Finalist 1992, 1994, 1998

27
66 50
Stanislas Wawrinka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Stanislas Wawrinka Switzerland

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

28
89 138
Patrick Rafter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Patrick Rafter Australia

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

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30 27
Manuel Orantes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Manuel Orantes Spain

French Open: Finalist 1974
US Open: Winner 1975

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142 224
Andy Roddick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Andy Roddick United States of America

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

31
104 170
Marat Safin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Marat Safin Russia

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

32
106 180
Lleyton Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Lleyton Hewitt Australia

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

33
57 42
Juan Martín del Potro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Juan Martín del Potro Argentina

US Open: Winner 2009

34
21 24
Miloslav Mečíř is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Miloslav Mečíř Slovakia

Australian Open: Finalist 1989
US Open: Finalist 1986

35
98 178
Jim Courier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jim Courier United States of America

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

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31 37
David Nalbandian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added David Nalbandian Argentina

Wimbledon: Finalist 2002

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44 87
Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Stan Smith United States of America

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

38
37 60
Marcelo Ríos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Marcelo Ríos Chile

Australian Open: Finalist 1998

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35 61
Michael Chang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Michael Chang United States of America

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

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22 29
Richard Gasquet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Richard Gasquet France

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26 45
Tommy Haas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Tommy Haas United States of America, Germany

42
22 35
Gaël Monfils is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Gaël Monfils France

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12 20
Janko Tipsarević is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
ZA Terorizam added Janko Tipsarević Serbia

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21 36
Michael Stich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Michael Stich Germany

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

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23 41
Juan Carlos Ferrero is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Juan Carlos Ferrero Spain

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

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18 33
Sergi Bruguera is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Sergi Bruguera Spain

French Open: Winner 1993, 1994; Finalist 1997

47
31 46
David Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
David Ferrer Spain

French Open: Finalist 2013

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9 17
Henri Leconte is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bastian-lee-jones added Henri Leconte France

French Open: Finalist 1988

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21 32
Carlos Moya is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Carlos Moya

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2 5
Johan Kriek is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Johan Kriek United States of America, South Africa

Australian Open: Winner 1981, 1982