Tennis is a game of beauty, thrill and action. While the game has its charm, the players of the game are what makes it great.
After the 1970s, we have seen tennis becoming a mainstream sport, not only in the United States but worldwide.
We also saw many great players emerging and giving us a great time with their incredible shots and performance in the game.
Among all such players, we had ten great names who are known as the greatest tennis players around the world and today we’ll be taking a look at their careers and best games.
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It is a no-brainer that Roger Federer has always been on top when it comes to the best tennis players around the world. He was of just 19 years old when shocked the world after defeating seven times champion Pete Sampras at 2001 fourth round Wimbledon and embedded the victory to his name.
It was quite surprising because Sampras hadn’t lost any All England Club in the past five years, but Roger Federer grabbed the victory out of his hands and claimed himself as the best tennis player to ever play man’s game by defeating Sampras who also holds the record of 14 Grand Slam wins.
So far, Federer has 20 majors after he lifted Australian Open and Wimbledon without dropping even a single set in 2017. Moreover, he also won The Australian Open for the 6th time in 2018 and also holds the world no.1 ranking for more than 302 weeks and another record for the Open era.
Rod Laver is not only the best tennis player in history but also the most important one. He holds 200 singles title which is the most in the history of tennis.
He is also capable of pulling off a second calendar year sweep of all four Grand Slam tournaments back in 1969. Nonetheless, this will remain with him forever and will be an inspiration to many others.
Rafael is probably the best player of all times. He has ten French Open titles to his name and is known as the most aggressive player worldwide. He has a 23-14 career advantage over the mighty Federer and 9-3 in major championships around the world. Even the aggressive Spaniard was forced to be reckoned since the mid-noughties, winning a clear 16 grand slams during his professional career.
Overall, Nadal is among those tennis fans who have worked beyond hard work, and his playing ethic is unique and unrivalled. He uses both strength and strategy and gives a full display of brilliancy during his games. He conquered Federer at Wimbledon in 2008 with a five-set thriller which was spread over 5 hours and 48 minutes, and finally, Nadal was the winning warrior on the court.
Sampras’ 2000 victory at the Wimbledon is one of the most famous ones who will be remembered by a lot of players to come. Moreover, Sampras has dominated during a whole era when the power serves became a norm. One thing that made him unique was his special ability to play chip and charge game combined with his athleticism.
However, Sampras wasn’t great from the baseline, and it was his hard work and strong determination that brought him to the place he has reached. His American’s 14 major titles speak out loud about him being ranked among the best tennis players worldwide.
Borg was a teenage when he started embedding victories to his name. He had played Davis Cup only at the age of 15 and was only 18 years of age when he won the first-ever French Open in his career. Also, he ranked no.1 worldwide which was a proud moment for this youngster.
The moment which defined his career was when John McEnroe passed the Swedish star for No.1 ranking by successfully defeating him at 1981 US Open. Borg had also made himself as the biggest “What If?” in men’s tennis history when his skipped the post-match news conference and left the stadium without even showering and took the car directly to JFK Airport and leaving town.
This great player retired for the first time a few months later with 11 Slam titles and was only 26. However, none player to this date is as him.
Novak’s famous victory over Federer in 2014 Wimbledon final is what made him earn a big name in the world of tennis. He was the first ever man and tennis player to defeat Federer at all four Grand Slams. He even eclipsed what was appearing to be a fading Nadal as to be the only player with best chances to beat Federer’s major record and both Nadal and Federer have brought those amazing embankments to a pause as they have won three majors between them.
Nonetheless, Novak is probably one of the finest players we have seen in the history of tennis, and every game he has played is filled with drama and thrill.
John has an endless history of great victories and has unique kind of temper during his games. He is undoubtedly the best tennis player in the history.
He is one of those players that always makes the media big time whenever he plays a game on the court, and you can’t take off eyes from him when he is moving in the court. Moreover, he has famed rivalries between himself.
To be honest, McEnroe is one of those gifted players who has given the game of tennis a new charm and thrill, and we simply cannot forget him throughout our lives. Massive respect for this great player! And to this day, he holds the record of most men’s singles and doubles titles totaling 155 titles to his names of which 77 are singles and 72 doubles.
Back in 1974 was a great player named Jimmy Connors and is still remembered among the great tennis fans. This was also the year when Connors dominated the men’s game with an incredible and ferocious victory.
It was possible for the American to have won three of the major games during that year and made it a Grand Slam but he was banned from playing the French Open for signing a contract with World Team Tennis Circuit.
Also, 1974 was also the year that was marked as the beginning of Connor’s consecutive 160-week reign as the No.1 men’s player all around the globe. This was a record which was only surpassed by the mighty Federer decades later. However, Connor still has the record of most men’s single titles, and a total of 109 tournament wins during his career.
Agassi is possible the best striker and greatest tennis player of the world. His greatness and professionalism in every shot he played are what made him a great player. The famous victory at Wimbledon in 1992 is when he announced himself as 22-year old Agassi by defeating Boris Becker and John McEnroe on his way to a mighty five-set thriller with Goran Ivanisevic and finally won.
This great competitor of the history is also a grat mover and a smart thinker and this what makes him win his games.
Last but not the least on our list is Lendl, and he is one of those players who changed the way how professional tennis players approached their diet. During 1981-1991, Lendl had already won 11 grand slams and had embedded the title of being one of the world’s finest tennis player.
This was the period where Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe were dominating the men’s game. Also, Czech native managed to spend over 270 weeks as world’s No.1, and this is what makes IVAN a great player of the era.