Top 10 men’s tennis players of the Open era

In contrast, men tend to be more one-sided compared to the greats in women’s (only 2 female players on my list did not win a Grand Slam either in doubles or mixed doubles). Most of the men focus on singles matches. Moreover, the best in men’s singles (17) does not even come close to the best in women’s (24). In fact, the best in women’s collectively has 62  Grand Slams, 42 more Slams than the best in men’s (Laver with 20). It is safe to say that the greats in women’s are far more accomplished and well-rounded than the men’s.

Rarely do we see a male player who wins in singles just as much as in doubles. Only 3 players on this list have won Grand Slam titles outside the singles circuit.

Top 10 men’s tennis players

10. Boris Becker

49 singles titles out of 77 finals
15 doubles titles out of 27 finals
12 weeks at No.1 in singles
6 Grand Slam titles out of 10 finals (all singles)
3 ATP Year-end Tour Championships (all singles)
1 Olympic gold medal (doubles)
*The youngest-ever winner of the men’s singles title at Wimbledon at the age of 17.

9. Andre Agassi

60 singles titles out of 90 finals
1 doubles title out of 4 finals
101 weeks at No.1 in singles
8 Grand Slam titles out of 15 finals (all singles)
1 ATP Year-end Tour Championships (singles)
1 Olympic gold medal (singles)
*In singles tennis, Agassi is the 1st male player in history to have achieved a Career Golden Slam (winning all four Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic gold medal)

8. Bjorn Borg

77 singles titles out of 89 finals
4 doubles titles
109 weeks at No.1 in singles
11 Grand Slam titles out of 16 finals (all singles)
2 ATP Year-end Tour Championships (both singles)
*Borg is the only male player to have won both the French Open and Wimbledon singles titles in the same year for three consecutive years (1978–80).

7. Rafael Nadal (active player, aged 27)

60 singles titles out of 83 finals++
8 doubles titles out of 12 finals
102 weeks at No.1 in singles
13 Grand Slam titles out of 18 finals (all singles)++
1 Olympic gold medal (singles)
*Longest single-surface winning streak (clay): 81 matches (11 April 2005 – 20 May 2007)

++updated last Sept. 10, 2013

6. Ivan Lendl

146 singles titles out of 205 finals
6 doubles titles out of 16 finals
270 weeks at No.1 in singles
8 Grand Slam titles out of 19 finals (all singles)
5 ATP Year-end Tour Championships (all singles)
*For eleven consecutive years (1981–1991), reached at least one Grand Slam final.

5. Jimmy Connors

148 singles titles out of 202 finals
15 doubles titles out of 26 finals
268 weeks at No.1 in singles
10 Grand Slam titles
8 Grand Slam singles titles out of 15 finals
2 Grand Slam doubles titles out of 3 finals
1 ATP Year-end Tour Championships (singles)
*Connors won more matches (1,337) than any other male professional tennis player in the open era.

4. John McEnroe

77 singles titles out of 109 finals
71 doubles titles out of 92 finals
1 mixed doubles title out of 1 final
170 weeks at No.1 in singles
257 weeks at No.1 in doubles
17 Grand Slam titles
7 Grand Slam singles titles out of 11 finals
9 Grand Slam doubles titles out 12 finals
1 Grand Slam mixed doubles title out of 1 final
10 ATP Year-end Tour Championships (3 singles, 7 doubles)
*He was ranked the World No. 1 in doubles for a record 257 weeks.

3. Pete Sampras

64 singles titles out of 88 finals
2 doubles titles out of 4 finals
286 weeks at No.1 in singles
14 Grand Slam titles out of 18 finals (all singles)
5 ATP Year-end Tour Championships (all singles)
*He is the only player to have been ranked Year End World No. 1 by the ATP for six consecutive years (1993–98).

2. Roger Federer (active player, aged 32)

77 singles titles out of 112 finals
8 doubles titles out of 13 finals
302 weeks at No.1 in singles*
17 Grand Slam titles out of 24 finals (all singles)++
4 ATP Year-end Tour Championships (all singles)
1 Olympic gold medal (doubles)
*He holds the record of reaching the semi-finals or better of 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments over five and a half years from 2004 Wimbledon Championships – 2010 Australian Open.

++As at Sept. 10, 2013

1. Rod Laver

200 singles titles out of 217 finals
28 doubles titles out of 42 finals
5 non-consecutive years at No.1 in singles
11 Grand Slam singles titles out of 17 finals
6 Grand Slam doubles titles
3 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles
*He is the only tennis player to have twice won all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same year — first as an amateur in 1962 and second as a professional in 1969.
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  5. Top 10 latest ATP Tennis Rankings

    1. Rafael Nadal,Spain,10,925 points

    2. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 7,215

    3. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 7,085

    4. Andy Murray, Britain, 5,305

    5. Robin Soderling, Sweden, 4,830

    6. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia, 4,195

    7. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 3,950

    8. Fernando Verdasco, Spain, 3,430.

    9. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 3,170

    10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, United France, 3,095
    (As on August 16, 2010)

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