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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.
list ordered by

1
513 364
Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Rod Laver age 79

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2
692 599
Pete Sampras is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Pete Sampras age 46

3
566 432
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
John McEnroe age 58

4
1,176 825
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Roger Federer age 36

5
359 289
Stefan Edberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Stefan Edberg age 51

6
177 144
Ken Rosewall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ken Rosewall age 83

7
595 514
Ivan Lendl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ivan Lendl age 57

8
645 735
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Rafael Nadal age 31

9
107 129
John Newcombe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
John Newcombe age 73

10
430 473
Björn Borg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Björn Borg age 61

11
145 137
Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Arthur Ashe Died at 50 (1943-1993)

12
557 610
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

13
148 128
Roy Emerson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Roy Emerson age 81

14
338 355
Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Andre Agassi age 47

15
253 222
Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jimmy Connors age 65

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16
231 204
Boris Becker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Boris Becker age 50

17
35 22
Lew Hoad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
kurtuver added Lew Hoad Died at 60 (1934-1994)

18
49 34
Pat Cash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
pdrodosk added Pat Cash age 52

19
17 21
Pancho Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
debbie66 added Pancho Gonzales Died at 67 (1928-1995)

20
41 44
Manuel Santana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

21
197 230
Andy Murray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Andy Murray age 30

22
8 16
Pancho Segura is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
debbie66 added Pancho Segura age 96

23
20 18
Adriano Panatta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
pdrodosk added Adriano Panatta age 67

24
38 35
Fred Perry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Fred Perry Died at 86 (1909-1995)

25
104 119
Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

26
0 2
Nicola Pietrangeli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

27
100 119
Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ilie Năstase age 71

28
118 177
Mats Wilander is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Mats Wilander age 53

29
75 96
Gustavo Kuerten is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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30
85 138
Patrick Rafter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

31
62 50
Stanislas Wawrinka is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Stanislas Wawrinka age 32

32
28 27
Manuel Orantes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Manuel Orantes age 68

33
102 169
Marat Safin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Marat Safin age 37

34
140 222
Andy Roddick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Andy Roddick age 35

35
83 126
Goran Ivanišević is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Goran Ivanišević

36
102 180
Lleyton Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

37
33 45
René Lacoste is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
René Lacoste Died at 92 (1904-1996)

38
25 31
Don Budge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Don Budge Died at 85 (1915-2000)

39
38 49
Bill Tilden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Bill Tilden Died at 60 (1893-1953)

40
94 176
Jim Courier is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jim Courier age 47

41
31 34
David Nalbandian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added David Nalbandian age 35

42
54 42
Juan Martín del Potro is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

43
18 35
William Renshaw is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
William Renshaw Died at 43 (1861-1904)

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44
19 22
Miloslav Mečíř is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Miloslav Mečíř age 53

45
36 58
Marcelo Ríos is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Marcelo Ríos age 42

46
38 57
Goran Ivanisevic is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

47
16 35
Henri Cochet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Henri Cochet Died at 86 (1901-1987)

48
43 85
Stan Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Stan Smith age 71

49
21 27
Richard Gasquet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Richard Gasquet age 31

50
33 61
Michael Chang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Michael Chang age 45