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Federer broke onto the tennis scene as a teenager, and won his maiden Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2003 at age 22. The emergence of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, and the continued presence of Rafael Nadal, saw Federer struggle to go distance at Grand Slams, and he won just two Grand Slams between 2010 and 2012 before a drought of four years follow. Hound by talk of possible retirement, and having spent the second half of 2016 sidelined by injury, Federer responded as only legend could: he won the 2017 Australian Open and 2017 Wimbledon title in a resounding statement to his doubters. Federers rivalry with Nadal has produced some matches of legendary status-unfortunately for Federer, he has been on the losing end of many! Together with Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray, Federer forms part of a group dubbed the Big Four, which has dominated men's tennis for much of the past decade. The affable Swiss has legions of fans across the world, and his professionalism on and off court, coupled with his philanthropic efforts with the Roger Federer Foundation, have seen him win 14 ATP Fans Favourite Awards, Laureus World Sportsman of Year for 4 consecutive years from 2005 to 2008, and named recipient of Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award 12 times. For good measure, he claimed a further six Grand Slam doubles titles, and three in mixed doubles. Had Laver not been barred from Grand Slams after turning Pro in 1963 and before dawn of Open Era in 1968, he would surely have rack up a Grand Slam total that would have been near-impossible to match. The main show court at Melbourne Park, venue for the Australian Open, was renamed in Lavers honor in 2000. Not surprisingly, Laver was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981. Nadal's glory has not just been on the individual front, either, with the Spaniard having won the Davis Cup on four occasions, while also securing Gold at the Olympics in singles in 2008 and doubles in 2016. Nadal rivalry with Roger Federer has produced many highlights for tennis fans, and stands as a defining point in the careers of both players. Nadal is the only player to have beat Federer at Grand Slam on all three surfaces, and leads the Swiss 23-14 in head-to-head matches. An aggressive hitter from behind the baseline, Nadal has always been heavily reliant on his ability to race around court and charge down balls that no other player could reach. As a result, Nadal's career appeared on the ropes in 2014 and 2015 when a host of injuries hampered his unrivaled athleticism. However, underlining his legendary status, Nadal notch up his first Grand Slam title since 2014 when he won the 2017 French Open, feat he followed up with success at the US Open the same year.

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10. Ken Rosewall

Country: Australia Born: 2 November 1934 turn Pro: 1956 retire: 1980 Prize Money: 1. 6 million Grand Slams Won: 8 fast and agile, Ken was nothing short of a phenomenal tennis player who played so well that his relevance during the Pre-Open Era transcended into the post Open Era. His relevance during the Pre-Open Era was solidified after he won 15 Pro Slam Titles. He cement his title as one of best in tennis, by winning 8 Grand Slam Titles, which include 4 Australian Opens, 2 French Opens and 2 US Opens. On four occasions, he emerge finalist at Wimbledon. He won the Davis Cup and a total of 133 Titles, throughout his career. Country: United States Born: 16 February 1959 Turned Pro: 1978 retire: 1994 Prize Money: 12. 5 million Grand Slams Won: 8 Whether he was loved or hatted by tennis fans, is a question for fans, but fans would agree that John McEnroe was a great player. Though he had a knack for confronting match officials and umpires, that was no obstruction to his reign as one of tennis greatest. He won 7 Grand Slam Titles, 3 Wimbledons and 4 US Opens. He emerge finalist in the French Open once and semi-finalist in the Australian Open. He won the Davis Cup as well as the WCT Finals and ATP Finals. In total, John McEnroe won 77 Titles. Country: United States Born: 2 September 1952 turn Pro: 1972 retire: 1996 Prize Money: 8. 6 million Grand Slams Won: 8 between 1974-1977, Jimmy Connors was top of ATP rankings for 160 successive weeks and a total of 268 weeks. His incredible performances result in 8 Grand Slam Singles win, 1 Australian Open, 2 Wimbledons and 5 US Opens and 2 Grand Slam Doubles Titles, 1 Wimbledon and 1 US Open. He also won the Davis Cup, Tour Finals and WCT Finals. He won 109 Singles Titles, most in the Open Era. Country: Czechoslovakia Born: 7 March 1960 turn Pro: 1978 retire: 1994 Prize Money: 21 million Grand Slams Won: 8 His strokes were powerful, his conditioning could be said to be perfect and his topspin forehand skill was incredibly instrumental in defeating opponents. This paid off for Lendl, who won 8 Grand Slam Singles, 2 Australian Opens, 3 French Opens and 3 US Opens. He won Tour Finals, five times, 2 WCT Finals and the Davis Cup. He won a total of 94 Singles Titles and 6 Doubles in his career. One of his memorable achievements, record of 270 weeks he spent in the number 1 spot in ATP rankings. Country: Sweden Born: 6 June 1956 turn Pro: 1973 retire: 1983 Prize Money: 3. 6 million Grand Slams Won: 11 from 1977 to 1980, Bjorn Borg was undoubtedly the top player in Tennis. After winning 11 Grand Slam Singles Titles, Bjorn Borg become first player in Open Era to achieve feat. Bjorn Borg won 6 French Opens and 5 Wimbledon Titles.

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10. Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi, in full Andre Kirk Agassi, American professional tennis player who won eight Grand Slam Titles as well as Career Grand Slam for winning each of four major Tennis tournaments, Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open, and US Open at least once. By age 2, he could serve tennis ball at full court. At 13, he was sent to the Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, run by Nick Bolletieri, who later became his coach. In 1987, Agassi won his first professional tournament. With six tournament wins in 1988, shaggy-haired right-hander with a powerful forehand began attracting attention. Agassis charisma, flashy on-court wardrobe, and good looks make him a media sensation, and the tagline of one of the products he endorsedImage is everythingcame that that that to stand as shorthand for perception of Agassi among some tennis fans. He further annoyed Tennis traditionalists by refusing to play at Wimbledon because of the event dress code and grass surfaces of its courts. Agassi managed to reach three Grand Slam Finals between 1990 and 1991 but lost each time, leaving some to question whether he had tenacity to win big match. In 1992, he quiet his doubters when he triumphed over Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia at Wimbledon to take his first Grand Slam title. In 1994, after being dropped by Bolletieriwho, questioned Agassis ' dedication to sportand falling out of the top 30 in rankings, he returned with a new coach, Brad Gilbert, and a new, more focused game. He entered the 1994 US Open unseeded; when he won there, it was the first time that an unseeded player had taken tournament since 1966. Agassi, sporting shave head, claimed his third Grand Slam title in 1995 by beating Sampras in the Australian Open final in Agassis first participation in that event. Gold medal in the mens singles event at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, Mark Agassis only notable victory in 1996. In 1997, Agassi made headlines with his marriage to actress Brooke Shields, though his tennis continued to suffer because of recurring wrist injury, and he saw his ranking plummet to 141. Disappointing losses continued through 1998 and early 1999, but theyalong with widely publicized split with Shields in April 1999failed, to shake Agassis ' focus on comeback as he slowly worked his way back into the top 10 World ranking. In 1999, Agassi won the French Open to become the fifth men player in history to win all four Grand Slam events, and the first to do it on three different surfaces. Title at the US Open in September confirmed that he was back in top form, and he returned to the number one ranking at the end of 1999. Agassi won the second Australian Open in 2000 and third in 2001. Later that year, he married fellow tennis star Steffi Graf. After recurring wrist problems limited his 2002 season, he captured his fourth Australian Open championship in 2003.

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9. John McEnroe

July 31 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the championship trophy after defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan to win the Rogers Cup Tennis tournament at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports 10 best male tennis players in Open Era: there are many to choose from, but only select few CAN make the list. These are the best in men's tennis. 10 best male tennis players: top 10 list features both active and retired men single players. Sport may very well be currently witnessing some of the best tennis ever play. But, there are without doubt retired players who belong on the list of best male tennis players in Open Era. The notable active player to just miss the top 10 is Andy Murray. While Scot do have 9 most Finals appearances in the Open Era and 3 Grand Slam Titles, he will need to continue on his current hot streak to top some of the best in Open Era. May 2 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tennis player Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf in attendance before the boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Andre Agassi is the former World No. 1 Tennis player. He holds 8 Grand Slam singles titles, including 4 at the Australian Open. American Agassi also took home the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. Agassi plays strong from deep in court, dominating opponents with his aggressive baseline tennis. The majority of his major tournament titles come on hard court surfaces, although he finds success across all surfaces. Agassi boasts one of the best all-time win rates in Open Era Tennis. Apr 20 2013; New York, NY, USA; Tennis player John McEnroe reacts during game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs between New York Knicks and Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won 85-78. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports John McEnroe is iconic. He is one of the most entertaining players to ever grace tennis court. He is the former World No. 1 Tennis player, holding 7 Grand Slam singles titles. McEnroe also earned a record 8 season-ending Finals Titles. American McEnroe won 4 of his 7 Grand Slam Titles on his home soil at the US Open. Best known for his on court antics, John McEnroe now entertains tennis fans through his commentary. His style of play makes it difficult for opponents to strategize against him. While his net play is superior to most, he was also able to mix up his playing style enough to confuse and dismantle opponents. July 10 2016; London, United Kingdom; General view of Centre court at trophy presentation after Andy Murray and Milos Raonic men Jimmy Connors is former World No. 1 Tennis player. The American has 8 Grand Slam Titles to his name, 5 of which came at the US Open.

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8. Jimmy Connors

Country: USA Born: 1952 turn Pro: 1972 retire: 1996 Grand Slam Titles: 8 Career Titles: 109 Prize Money Winnings: 8. 6M American JIMMY CONNORS is by many, considered as ONE of the greatest of all time. Back then, he had the record for most weeks spent at World No. 1 spot, with impressing 268 weeks. That record is today held by Roger Federer with 310 weeks. JIMMY is ONE of the few players that have won three Grand Slams during ONE calendar year. He had ONE of the longest careers at professional level in the history of tennis as he retired at the age of 43.

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7. Ivan Lendl

Born: March 7 1960 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia Resides: Goshen, Connecticut turn Pro: 1978 retire: 1994 Career Prize Money: 21 262 417 144 Career Titles 8 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 Australian, 3 French, 3 US Open induct into the Tennis Hall of Fame: 2001 quiet and stoic Czech with big serve was most dominant player of 1980s. Lendl wear down his opponents with his powerful ground strokes, topspin forehand, and incredible level of conditioning. He was the world's top-rank player for four years, and held the number one ranking in the world for 270 weeks, record on that day. In contrast to many of his more outspoken peers, Lendl was known for letting his game do his talking.

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6. Bjorn Borg

Country: Sweden Born: 1956 turn Pro: 1973 retire: 1983 Grand Slam Titles: 11 Career Titles: 64 Prize Money Winnings: €3. 6M Many fans would argue whether or not Bjorn Borg deserves 5 spots on this list, but I am very confident that Borg deserves it. There is not any player in the world that has achieved the same things as him in the same time frame. He is the youngest player of all time to win a Grand Slam title, when he won the French Open in 1974 at the age of 17. After that, he won 10 more Grand Slam Titles before retiring at the early age of 26. There is no other player in the history of tennis that has won more Grand Slam Titles before 25 than Bjorn Borg. What if he keeps playing for another 5-10 years? Maybe he would be considered the greatest of all time.

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5. Pete Sampras

Country: USA Born: 1971 turn Pro: 1988 retire: 2002 Grand Slam Titles: 14 Career Titles: 64 Prize Money Winnings: 43M Pete Sampras is 4 greatest tennis players of all time. He dominated the tennis world during the 90s and was considered at his retirement in 2002, greatest tennis player of all time. Hard to argue with that back then with record holding 14 Grand Slam Titles. However, with all those Grand Slam titles, he has never won a French Open title. Sampras is the best clay court player, but considering he won 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open and 2 Australian Open Titles, he definitely deserves to be in 4 place on my list.

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4. Rod Laver

Bjorn Borgs sublime footwork, agility and speed around Court make him stand out. He nearly always found a way to get the ball back, which must have left his opponents wondering just how they were going to win the point. He was a superb athlete, able to finish tough five-set matches as if he was starting them. He had a cool demeanour on Court and rarely showed emotion, not giving anything away. Borg, who won 11 Grand slams, produce some revolutionary strokes, including crushing two-hand topspin backhand, looping topspin forehand and attacking topspin lob. His serve gets job too. And he hit the ball very, very hard. His victory over Jimmy Connors in the Wimbledon semi-finals in 1981 is a stand out. Connors was on fire, taking the first set 6-0 and the second 6-4. Borg finally started asserting himself in third, taking it and the remaining sets to win the match and make it to the final for the sixth year in row. I remember jumping up from the sofa at the end of the game and punching the air.

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3. Novak Djokovic

The Men's Singles tennis event is one of the most popular individual sporting disciplines in the world. The game of tennis has been able to produce champion players from different parts of the world. Tennis has not only produced legendary sportsmen, but also witnessed some of the greatest sporting duels. Great duels between Ilie Nastase-Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg-John McEnroe, Pete Sampras-Andre Agassi and Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal get etch in the minds of tennis lovers across the globe. In this article, we will discuss in detail the achievements of three men's tennis legends of the present Era, viz. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

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2. Rafael Nadal

Born: June 3 1986 Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain Resides: Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain turn Pro: 2001 Career Prize Money: 121 044 734 86 Career Titles 20 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 Australian, 13 French, 4 US Open, 2 Wimbledon 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist-Beijing Summer Olympics Current active player were It not for recurring tendinitis in his knees, and wrist injuries, Rafael Nadal may well have few more Grand Slam Titles to his already impressive resume. At 34 years of age, fiery Spaniard, known as Rafa and King of Clay, already has 20 Grand Slam Titles and certainly has the potential to pass Roger Federer. Rafael is regarded as the greatest Clay-court player of all-time, although fans of Bjorn Borg may dispute this claim. His record 13 French Open titles in 2020, in dominating fashion, certainly makes it difficult to imagine anyone being better on Clay. While it is difficult to draw comparisons between players from different generations, I think Nadal has proven that he deserves to be considered among the best to ever grace courts. His 2020 French Open title gives Rafa 20 Grand Slams Championships and ties him with Roger Federer for most Grand Slams of all time. This will only heighten debate as to who is the true GOAT.

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1. Roger Federer

Country: Schweiz Born: 1981 turn Pro: 1998 Grand Slam Titles: 20 Career Titles: 102 Prize Money Winnings: 127M greatest tennis player of all time is Roger Federer. He has proven his talent for over 20 years and is still competing at the very highest level. Federer is the player that has the most Grand Slam titles in the world and has the world record for most weeks at World No. 1 spot in the Open era with 310 weeks. He is a great role model on and off the field, inspiration to all kids growing up and an incredible athlete that will go down in history as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.

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