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
832 855
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
640 605
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
690 653
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
1,659 954
Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
South Africa, 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
430 436
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
913 823
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
219 286
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
757 676
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
567 518
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
131 192
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
430 387
Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
658 593
Ivan Lendl is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
177 181
Arthur Ashe is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
314 253
Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
United States of America

15
294 245
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 76
Lew Hoad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
kurtuver added Australia

17
263 279
Andy Murray is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
60 93
Pat Cash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
pdrodosk added Australia

Australian Open: Finalist 1987, 1988
Wimbledon: Winner 1987

19
29 70
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
98 69
Stanislas Wawrinka is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
47 87
Manuel Santana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

22
161 203
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
107 157
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
124 150
Ilie Năstase is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
126 144
Guillermo Vilas is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
102 118
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
95 138
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
26 52
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
78 62
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
121 186
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
162 249
Andy Roddick is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
37 43
Manuel Orantes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Spain

French Open: Finalist 1974
US Open: Winner 1975

33
122 190
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
120 196
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
53 104
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 51
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
50 75
Michael Chang is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
37 91
Jan Kodeš is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
22 40
Miloslav Mečíř is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Slovakia

Australian Open: Finalist 1989
US Open: Finalist 1986

40
39 61
David Nalbandian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Kasir Radojica added Argentina

Wimbledon: Finalist 2002

41
44 78
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
30 48
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
54 118
Yevgeny Kafelnikov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Russia

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

44
33 52
Juan Carlos Ferrero is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
13 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
35 65
Tommy Haas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added United States of America, Germany

47
28 40
Carlos Moya is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
bezveze added Carlos Moya

48
39 61
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
6 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
4 20
Guy Forget is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
France