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Who is the greatest tennis player of all time?

Tennis is a truly international sport, with great players from many different nations competing at tournaments across the globe to determine the best. The sport's preponderance of prestigious championships has allowed many different players to compile glittering records of achievements. But what matters most - major titles, peak form, contemporaneous competition, or something else entirely? And in consideration of it all, which player stands above the rest as the greatest to ever pick up a racquet?
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Roger Federer

The Swiss phenomenon set a standard that his rivals are still chasing.

Federer shattered the men's record for major titles

Federer blew past Pete Sampras's all-time record, blazing the trail for those who followed him. Explore

Federer has been the most consistent top player

No other player has matched Federer's consistency and longevity at the top of the sport. Explore

Rafael Nadal

The King of Clay dominated the French Open like never before, and won pretty much everything else too.

Nadal is unstoppable at the French Open

Nadal at his best on the clay of Roland Garros is the best player ever. Explore

Nadal had the toughest opposition

Nadal had to contend with the prime years of both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Explore

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic arrived when the two winningest players ever were at their peak, and beat both of them.

Djokovic has the fewest gaps in his résumé

Moreso than any other player, Djokovic has achieved virtually everything there is to achieve at the highest level. Explore

Djokovic is on course to eclipse Federer and Nadal over time.

Djokovic won all of his grand slams during the Federer/Nadal era, and is the youngest of the three, with time left to win the most. He also holds the most 'big titles' of the three - 56 total grand slams, masters events, ATP finals and Olympic gold medals compared to 55 for Nadal and 54 for Federer. He is on track to hold the world number one ranking longer than any other player. Explore

Rod Laver

The Australian legend did more in one year than almost any other player did in their entire career.

Laver is the only man to achieve a true Grand Slam

In 1969, Laver won all four Grand Slam tournaments, a feat that has not been replicated since. Explore

Serena Williams

Williams won just about everything there was to win, and changed the sport forever.

Williams has dominated more than any other player

Williams has won everything there is to win, and done so in dominant fashion. Explore

Williams revolutionized the sport

Williams brought a new level of power and athleticism to women's tennis. Explore
This page was last edited on Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020 at 18:10 UTC