Top 20 Best Tennis Players of All Time After Nadal 21 Grand Slam Titles: Know Their Achievements

Best Tennis Players of All Time

Best Tennis Players of all Time: Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. For every top player, winning a Grand Slam (one in four, to be precise) is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. But it has become a habit for the best players in the world!

Several great players have really made history in this game, and it’s difficult to come up with a representative leaderboard at times, mainly because the times are different. You will also see that there are players in our ranking who are still active today and who are therefore still making their history. Things can still change …

Best Tennis Players of All Time

In any case, we think the ranking that is presented to you is very realistic with regard to the situation in world. So here are the 20 Best tennis players of all time:

20. Gustavo Kuerten:

  • Country: Brazil
  • Born: 10 September 1976 (age 44)
  • Retired: 25 May 2008
  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: $14,807,000

Gustavo Kuerten was without a doubt the best Brazilian who has ever played tennis. The clay court specialist won his three Grand Slam titles at the French Open (Roland Garros) in 1997, 2000 and 2001.

Although he never made it past the quarter-finals in any other Grand Slam event, Guga was always a big favorite on clay at Roland Garros. In fact, the vast majority of Kuerten’s ATP titles have been won on clay, although several titles have been contested on the hard court.

Gustavo Kuerten won a total of 20 titles in his 13-year career from 1995 to 2008. Towards the end of his career, he also played doubles and won five ATP titles with his compatriot Fernando Meligeni.

Career Achievements:

Career Record358–195 (64.7%)
Career Titles20
Highest RankingNo. 1 (4 December 2000)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
French OpenW (1997, 2000, 2001)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsWinner (2000)

19. Ilie Nastase:

  • Country: Romania
  • Born: 19 July 1946 (age 74)
  • Retired: 1985
  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: $2,076,761

Nastase won Grand Slam titles in all possible game combinations. He won two singles, three doubles and two mixed doubles titles. His most impressive win was against Arthur Ashe at the 1972 US Open, where it took the Romanian five sets and almost five hours to win.

Nastase was also a versatile player who won ATP events on all surfaces. He was perhaps one of the best carpet tennis players in history, having won practically every tournament he played on this surface in the 1970s.

In total, Ilie Nastase won 57 titles in his 16-year career from 1969 to 1985.

Career Achievements:

Career Record930–354 (72.4%)
Career Titles64
Highest RankingNo. 1 (23 August 1973)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSinglesDoubles
French OpenW (1973)W (1970)
WimbledonW (1973)
US OpenW (1972)W (1975)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (1971, 1972, 1973, 1975)
Grand Slam Mixed DoublesWimbledon W (1970, 1972)

18. Jim Courier:

  • Country: United States
  • Born: August 17, 1970 (age 50)
  • Retired :2000
  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: $14,034,132

Jim Courier started his career with a bang when he defeated his compatriot André Agassi in Roland Garros in five sets. He then won four Grand Slam titles, two in Roland Garros and two more in Melbourne. In the Grand Slam final he met Stefan Edberg, his most formidable opponent, three times and won twice.

Jim Courier spent 58 weeks at the top of the world rankings and despite playing decently on all surfaces, most of his tournament wins were on hard surfaces. He founded the non-profit organization “Courier’s Kids” to help children play tennis after his retirement.

During his 12-year career between 1988 and 2000, the American won a total of 23 individual men’s titles on the ATP Tour, including 4 Grand Slam titles (two Australian Open and two Roland Garros).

Career Achievements:

Career Record506–237 (68.1%)
Career Titles23
Highest RankingNo. 1 (February 10, 1992)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
Australian OpenW (1992, 1993)
French OpenW (1991, 1992)

Other Tournaments:

Davis CupW (1992, 1995)

17. John Newcombe:

  • Country: Australia
  • Born: 23 May 1944 (age 76)
  • Retired: 1981
  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: US$1,062,408

John Newcombe has had a very productive solo career. He has won several titles at the US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon. The most important game of his career was his win over Ken Rosewall at Wimbledon in 1970.

But Newcombe is even better known for his ATP double titles. He has won no fewer than 17 Grand Slam titles in this format, many of them with fellow Australian Tony Roche. It would be about 30 years before Mike Bryan finally broke this impressive record.

In addition to all the singles and doubles titles he has won in his 13 year career, Newcombe and Team Australia have won the Davis Cup no less than 5 times!

Career Achievements:

Career Record563–224 (71.5%)
Career Titles68 (34 listed by the ATP)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (3 June 1974)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSinglesDoubles
Australian OpenW (1973, 1975)W (1965, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1976)
French OpenW (1967, 1969, 1973)
WimbledonW (1967, 1970, 1971)W (1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974)
US OpenW (1967, 1973)W (1967, 1971, 1973)

Other Tournaments:

WCT FinalsW (1974)
Davis CupW (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1973)

16. Arthur Ashe:

  • Country: United States
  • Born: July 10, 1943
  • Retired: 1980
  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money :$1,584,909 (ATP)

In addition to being a leading figure on the court promoting American tennis, Arthur Ashe was also a social activist. He won every Grand Slam tournament with the exception of Roland Garros and defeated his compatriot Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon in 1975 to win his final title.

There was a rivalry between him and Roy Emerson in the early 1960s. Ashe was the first African American to win a Grand Slam tournament and played an important role in the global fight against AIDS.

He ended his 14-year career in 1980 after winning 33 titles on the ATP Tour, including three Grand Slams: the US Open in 1968, the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975.

Career Achievements:

Career Record1085–337 (76.3%)
Career Titles76 (44 listed by ATP)
Highest RankingNo. 2 (May 10, 1976)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSinglesDoubles
Australian OpenW (1970)W (1977)
French OpenW (1971)
WimbledonW (1975)
US OpenW (1968)

Other Tournaments:

WCT Finals W (1975)
Davis CupW (1963, 1968, 1969, 1970)

15. Guillermo Vilas:

  • Country: Argentina
  • Born: 17 August 1952 (age 68)
  • Retired: 1992
  • Plays: Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: $4,923,882

Guillermo Vilas was a backcourt player at a time when most top players often preferred to serve and go straight to the net. He was the first man in South America to win a Grand Slam event after defeating Brian Gottfried at Roland Garros.

Vilas holds two impressive ATP records. First he won a streak of 46 victories in a row on all surfaces in 1977, a record that has not yet been achieved. Second, he also holds the record for most ATP titles won in one season, also in 1977, with 16 wins!

The Argentine ended his career in 1992 after winning 62 titles on the ATP circuit, including 4 Grand Slams: twice at the Australian Open in 1978 and 1979, once at Roland Garros and once at the US Open in 1977.

Career Achievements:

Career Record950–293 (76.4%)
Career Titles62
Highest RankingNo. 2 (30 April 1975)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
Australian OpenW (1978, 1979)
French OpenW (1977)
WimbledonQF (1975, 1976)
US OpenW (1977)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (1974)

14. Stefan Edberg:

  • Country: Sweden
  • Born: 19 January 1966 (age 55)
  • Retired: 1996
  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: US$20,630,941

Stefan Edberg was known for his very good service game and his devastating volleys. He is one of the few players who has ever been number 1 in the world in singles and doubles at the same time. He has won every Grand Slam tournament twice, with the exception of the French Open, where he reached the final and lost to Michael Chang.

Edberg was a serious rival of Boris Becker. The two great players met three years in a row at Wimbledon between 1988 and 1990, where Edberg eventually won two titles. He also won two doubles titles with his compatriot Anders Jarryd.

Stefan Edberg ended his career in 1996 with a total of 42 titles on the ATP tour, including 6 Grand Slams. As mentioned earlier, Roland Garros is the only major tournament he hasn’t won.

Career Achievements:

Career Record801–270 (74.8%)
Career Titles41
Highest RankingNo. 1 (13 August 1990)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSinglesDoubles
Australian OpenW (1985, 1987)W (1987, 1996)
French Open
WimbledonW (1988, 1990)
US OpenW (1991, 1992)W (1987)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (1989)
Davis CupW (1984, 1985, 1987, 1994)

13. Boris Becker:

  • Country: West Germany (1984–1990)
  • Born: 22 November 1967 (age 53)
  • Retired: 25 June 1999
  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: US$25,080,956

Boris Becker has achieved pretty much everything a tennis player can dream of. He has won six Grand Slam titles, including three at Wimbledon, and one Olympic gold medal in Barcelona. He also led the West German team to a spectacular win over the United States in the 1989 Davis Cup when he defeated Andre Agassi in five brutal sets.

In his career, Becker won a total of 26 titles on indoor carpet courts, a record that still stands today. Oddly enough, he set an even higher record in doubles, despite never having won a Grand Slam tournament in this format. He couldn’t win an ATP title on clay in singles, the only surface that has withstood him, but he won several in doubles.

Boris Becker ended his career in 1999 after winning 49 ATP singles titles, more than half of them on carpet. At the Grand Slam level, he won Wimbledon three times, the Australian Open twice and the US Open once.

Career Achievements:

Career Record713–214 (76.9%)
Career Titles49
Highest RankingNo. 1 (28 January 1991)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
Australian OpenW (1991, 1996)
WimbledonW (1985, 1986, 1989)
US OpenW (1989)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (1988, 1992, 1995)
Davis CupW (1988, 1989)
Grand Slam Cup W (1996)

12. Mats Wilander:

  • Country: Sweden
  • Born: 22 August 1964 (age 56)
  • Retired: 1996
  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: US$7,976,256

Mats Wilander is one of the few players who can boast of having won a Grand Slam on all three surfaces. Although he has never won Wimbledon, his turf title at the Australian Open was won when this major tournament was still played on turf.

As a versatile player, Wilander also won Wimbledon in doubles and reached the final two more times at the US Open and the Australian Open with the Swede Joakim Nyström. He was best on clay, where he won Roland Garros three times and defeated Guillermo Vilas in 1982, Ivan Lendl in 1985 and Henri Leconte in 1988.

Mats Wilander ended his career in 1996 after collecting 33 ATP singles titles, including 7 Grand Slam wins: 3 Australian Open, 3 Roland Garros and 1 US Open.

Career Achievements:

Career Record571–222 (72.0%)
Career Titles33
Highest RankingNo. 1 (12 September 1988)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSinglesDoubles
Australian OpenW (1983, 1984, 1988)
French OpenW (1982, 1985, 1988)
WimbledonW (1986)
US OpenW (1988)

Other Tournaments:

Davis CupW (1984, 1985, 1987)

11. Ken Rosewall:

  • Country: Australia Australia
  • Born: 2 November 1934 (age 86)
  • Retired: 1980
  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand), born left-handed
  • Prize Money: US$ 1,602,700

With a phenomenal career spanning 30 years between 1950 and 1980, Ken Rosewall certainly deserves a place among the greats of tennis. His eight Grand Slam titles combined with 15 major championships undoubtedly earned him a place among the legends of the sport.

The fast and nimble Australian was known for his crisp and precise backhand and volley. Ken Rosewall’s image is that of an incredibly consistent player. In fact, it’s been in the top 20 in the world for 25 years in a row! His last Grand Slam title came in 1972 at the Australian Open at the age of 38.

Although Rosewall won most of his tournaments before the Grand Slam era, he played long enough to play many of them and won three of them after his 35th birthday!

Career Achievements:

Career Record1655–627 (72.5%)
Career Titles133 (35 listed by the ATP)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (1960,

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSinglesDoubles
Australian OpenW (1953, 1955, 1971, 1972)W (1953, 1956, 1972)
French OpenW (1953, 1968)W (1953, 1968)
WimbledonW (1953, 1956)
US OpenW (1956, 1970)W (1956, 1969)

Other Tournaments:

WCT Finals W (1971, 1972)
Davis CupW (1953, 1955, 1956, 1973)

10. Andre Agassi:

  • Country: United States
  • Born: April 29, 1970 (age 51)
  • Retired: 2006
  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: US$31,152,975

André Agassi is one of only two men who have completed a career in the “Golden Slam”, which means that he has won all 4 Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in his career. The second player to repeat this feat is none other than the brilliant Rafael Nadal.

Agassi had a very complete game, like many players at this level, but was best known for his incredible service returns that impressed his opponents. He had a coordination and quick reaction time that made him very effective on the field.

André Agassi really was a dominant force on the hard courts and won 46 of his 60 titles on this surface. But that certainly doesn’t mean he was mediocre anywhere else! Despite being less effective on grass, he still managed to win Wimbledon in 1992. He is married to the former WTA star Steffi Graf.

Career Achievements:

Career Record870–274 (76.0%)
Career Titles60 (10th in the Open Era)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (April 10, 1995)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
Australian OpenW (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003)
French OpenW (1999)
WimbledonW (1992)
US OpenW (1994, 1999)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (1990)
Olympic GamesW (1996)
Davis CupW (1990, 1992, 1995)

9. John McEnroe:

  • Country: United States
  • Born: February 16, 1959 (age 62)
  • Retired: 1994 (singles)
  • Prize Money: US$12,552,132

John McEnroe, also known by the nickname “Johnny Mac”, is one of the players who shaped tennis history primarily through his personality and character. However, in his career, which ended in 2006, he won 7 Grand Slam tournaments.

McEnroe had intense rivalries with anyone who was able to give him a decent game (mainly Borg, Connors and Lendl). His fiery attitude and occasional villain demeanor made tennis fans hate or love him. He was undoubtedly a very performance-oriented athlete who hated to lose and sometimes let his emotions overwhelm him.

Despite winning neither Roland Garros nor the Australian Open, he more than made up for it with titles at Wimbledon and the US Open. His most famous game was undoubtedly the Wimbledon final in 1980 against Bjorn Borg, who won 8: 6 in the fifth set.

Career Achievements:

Career Record881–198 (81.6%)
Career Titles77 (6th in the Open Era)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (March 3, 1980)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
WimbledonW (1981, 1983, 1984)
US OpenW (1979, 1980, 1981, 1984)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (1978, 1983, 1984)
WCT Finals W (1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1989)
Davis CupW (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1992)

8. Ivan Lendl:

  • Country: Czechoslovakia (1978–1992)
  • Retired: 1994
  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money US$21,262,417

Lendl exhausted his opponents with his powerful basic strokes, his dazzling forehand and his incredible physical condition. Unlike many of his more outspoken colleagues, Lendl was known for letting his game speak for itself.

The calm and stoic Czech at the big serve was the most dominant player of the 1980s. He helped usher in a powerful era of tennis with very strong forehand strokes. With the exception of Wimbledon, he won every Grand Slam event, although he made it to the final two years in a row.

Lendl was the best player in the world for 4 years and was number one in the world for 270 weeks! With 94 ATP singles titles in his 16-year career, Ivan Lendl is only beaten on this record by Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer

Career Achievements:

Career Record1068–242 (81.5%)
Career Titles94 (3rd in the Open Era)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (February 28, 1983)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
Australian OpenW (1989, 1990)
French OpenW (1984, 1986, 1987)
US OpenW (1985, 1986, 1987)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987)
Davis CupW (1980)
WCT Finals W (1982, 1985)

7. Jimmy Connors:

  • Country: United States
  • Born: September 2, 1952 (age 68)
  • Retired: April 29, 1996
  • Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: $8,641,040

In the mid-1970s, no one dominated tennis as much as Jimmy Connors. In 1974 alone Connors set an impressive record of 99 wins over 4 losses and won all three Grand Slams in which he participated!

Connors was banned from playing at Roland Garros in 1974 due to his association with World Team Tennis, which prevented him from achieving an overall victory over all four Grand Slams in the same year. He was always able to dominate all surfaces and had spent a total of 268 weeks as the world’s number one.

Most of his career took place in the 1970s, but Connors had a long and formidable career that lasted until 1996. With a total of 109 victories, he still holds the record for most individual ATP titles!

Career Achievements:

Career Record1274–283 (81.8%)
Career Titles109 (1st in the Open Era)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (July 29, 1974)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSinglesDoubles
Australian OpenW (1974)
French OpenSF (1979, 1980, 1984, 1985)
WimbledonW (1974, 1982)W (1973)
US OpenW (1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983)W (1975)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (1977)
WCT Finals W (1977, 1980)
Davis CupW (1981)

6. Bjorn Borg:

  • Country: Sweden
  • Born: 6 June 1956 (age 64)
  • Retired: 1984, 1993
  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: US$3,655,751

With ice water in his veins, Bjorn Borg’s imperial calm dominated tennis in the late 1970s. The Swede played memorable games with John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors and dominated Wimbledon, winning the title for five consecutive years from 1976 to 1980.

Despite his relatively short career (he retired in 1983 at the age of 26), Borg won 11 Grand Slam titles, all at Wimbledon and Roland Garros. He was the first modern player to win more than 10 major tournaments.

It is clear that Bjorn Borg could have made it into the top five of all time if he had kept playing and not retired at the height of his career. Even John McEnroe had tried to get him to reverse his decision because his departure left a huge void in the tennis world at the time!

Career Achievements:

Career Record654–140 (82.4%)
Career Titles66 (8th in the Open Era)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (23 August 1977)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
Australian Open3R (1974)
French OpenW (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
WimbledonW (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
US OpenF (1976, 1978, 1980, 1981)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (1979, 1980)
WCT Finals W (1976)
Davis CupW (1975)

5. Pete Sampras:

  • Country: United States
  • Born: August 12, 1971 (age 49)
  • Retired: September 8, 2002 (last match)
  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: US$43,280,489

Pete Sampras will always be remembered for his seven breathtaking individual wins at Wimbledon, where he lost only once between 1993 and 2000. Sampras literally had no weaknesses in his game and could use any weapon at any time.

His serve could score points. His forehand was fatal. And his game on the net was unprecedented. His 14 Grand Slam wins were a record when he retired. It takes the top three players of all time on the leaderboard to beat him.

Perhaps his only weakness was his total inability to win on clay. He made it to the Roland Garros semi-finals only once in his career and never made it to the finals. He was an artist who could do his best in the most important moments, with an 84% win share in Grand Slams!

Career Achievements:

Career Record762–222 (77.4%)
Career Titles64 (9th in the Open Era)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (April 12, 1993)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
Australian OpenW (1994, 1997)
WimbledonW (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
US OpenW (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999)
Davis CupW (1992, 1995)
Grand Slam Cup W (1990, 1997)

4. Rod Laver:

  • Country: Australia
  • Born: 9 August 1938 (age 82)
  • Retired: 1979
  • Plays: Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: US$1,565,413

It’s hard to say how Rod Laver would have done against today’s players, but you can imagine the Australian would have done very well. He was number one in the world for seven consecutive years (1964-1970) and has more career titles (198) than anyone else in tennis history.

He is the only player who won a Grand Slam as an amateur in 1962 and again as a professional in 1969. Had Laver not been banned from Grand Slam tournaments for five years in the mid-1960s, who knows how many he would have won.

Indeed, in what was known as the “pre-opening era”, Grand Slam tournaments were reserved for amateurs only. The “open period” of tennis did not begin until 1968, when the pros were finally allowed to take part in Grand Slam tournaments. Since Laver was number one in the world over that five-year period, he would likely have won many more Grand Slam titles.

But beyond titles and wins, the miniature left-hander from Rockhampton has done things never before seen with a racket. He was long considered the best tennis player of all time, and this is still debatable. It’s hard to compare him to the top 3 on this ranking who weren’t even born when he retired!

Career Achievements:

Career Record1473–407 (78.4%)
Career Titles200 (72 in open era)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (1961, Lance Tingay)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSinglesDoubles
Australian OpenW (1960, 1962, 1969)W (1959, 1960, 1961, 1969)
French OpenW (1962, 1969)W (1961)
WimbledonW (1961, 1962, 1968, 1969)W (1970)
US OpenW (1962, 1969)

Other Tournaments:

Davis CupW (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973)

3. Novak Djokovic:

  • Country: Serbia and Montenegro (2003)
  • Born: 22 May 1987 (age 33)
  • Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: US$ 147,820,035

Putting Novak Djokovic on this list was an easy decision but we still don’t know where to put him. At the age of 32 and at the end of his career, Djokovic is currently clearly the best player in the world and has the potential to win many more Grand Slam titles.

With 16 Grand Slam titles under his belt, he could surely surpass Federer’s 20 titles. However, in the highly competitive world of tennis, he could succumb to an injury and miss some of his best remaining years. So it is still unclear where his final place in tennis history will be.

From what he has achieved so far, Novak Djokovic has certainly shown that he deserves to be in the top three of all time. With his win at Roland Garros in 2016, he became the eighth man in his career to win every Grand Slam tournament.

His dominance at the Australian Open 2019 and his win in five sets against Roger Federer at Wimbledon in the same year clearly show that Djokovic is the best player in the world today. Time will tell if he has to take the first 2 spots on this list.

Career Achievements:

Career Record946–194 (83.0%)
Career Titles82 (5th in the Open Era)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (4 July 2011)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
Australian OpenW (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021)
French OpenW (2016)
WimbledonW (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)
US OpenW (2011, 2015, 2018)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Olympic GamesBronze medal olympic (2008)
Davis CupW (2010)

2. Rafael Nadal:

  • Country: Spain
  • Born: 3 June 1986 (age 34)
  • Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand), born right-handed
  • Prize Money: US$124,111,811

Without his recurring hamstring and wrist injuries, Rafael Nadal could add a few more Grand Slam titles to his already impressive résumé. At the age of 33, the spirited Spaniard, known as “Rafa”, has already 19 Grand Slam titles to his name and certainly has the potential to overtake Roger Federer.

Rafa is believed to be the greatest clay court player of all time, although Bjorn Borg fans could contest this claim. His 12th French Open victory in 2019 certainly makes it difficult to imagine anyone better than him in this area.

While it’s difficult to make comparisons between players of different generations, Nadal has clearly shown that he deserves to be considered one of the best players of all time.

By winning two Grand Slam tournaments in 2019, including a win in five sets at the US Open, he has undoubtedly shown that he is still capable of taking the top spot in the leaderboard. Stay tuned!

Career Achievements:

Career Record1038–209 (83.1%)
Career Titles90 (4th in the Open Era)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (18 August 2008)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
Australian OpenW (2009, 2022)
French OpenW (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
WimbledonW (2008, 2010)
US OpenW (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019)

Other Tournaments:

Olympic GamesW (2008)
Davis CupW (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2019)

1. Roger Federer:

  • Country: Switzerland
  • Born: 8 August 1981 (age 39)
  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Prize Money: $129,981,743

At this stage, it’s difficult not to vote Roger Federer the best tennis player of all time. His 20 Grand Slam titles speak for themselves, and at 38 he continues to win and compete at the highest level.

His 310 weeks as number one in the world is a record in the modern era of tennis. From 2004 to 2008 Federer was number 1 in the world rankings for 237 consecutive weeks, a record that will probably never be exceeded. Although young players are now finding ways to beat him, his consistently high level of play throughout his 20-year career is a testament to his exceptional fitness and skill.

With the victory at the Australian Open 2018 after his stellar 2017 season, in which he won Wimbledon and the Australian Open, he also undoubtedly proves that he is still able to add beautiful lines to an already unique résumé in the world.

Injuries aside, Roger will be a force to be reckoned with for who knows how long. His dramatic defeat by Novak Djokovic at the Wimbledon Championship 2019 proves that he can still keep up with the best at the age of 38. Today, even at an age when most players have long since retired, he is setting a new standard for excellence.

Career Achievements:

Career Record1251–275 (82.0%)
Career Titles103 (2nd in the Open Era)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (2 February 2004)

Grand Slam Results:

Grand SlamSingles
Australian OpenW (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018)
French OpenW (2009)
WimbledonW (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017)
US OpenW (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Other Tournaments:

Tour FinalsW (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011)
Davis CupW (2014)
Hopman Cup W (2001, 2018, 2019)


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