The All-Time 5 Greatest Men’s Tennis Players  

1. Novak Djokovic

Born: May 22, 1987

Born in Belgrade, Serbia

Resides: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Turned pro: 2003

Career prize money: $154,756,726

86 career titles

20 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 9 Australian, 6 Wimbledon, 3 US Open, 2 French Open

Current active player

Djokovic is definitely the top player in the world right now, at 34 years old and in the prime of his career, and he has the potential to win more Grand Slam titles. He is the only player with more Grand Slam titles than Rafael Nadal, who has 21. With a record 361 weeks as the world’s number one, it’s difficult not to consider Djokovic the greatest of all time.


2. Roger Federer

Born: August 8, 1981

Basel, Switzerland

Resides: Bottmingen, Switzerland

Turned pro: 1998

Career prize money: $130,594,339

103 career titles

20 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 6 Australian, 1 French, 5 US Open, 8 Wimbledon

Current active player


For many years, picking Roger Federer as the best of all time was simple. His 20 Grand Slam victories and 310 weeks as the world’s number one speak for themselves, and he is still winning and competing at the highest levels at the age of 40. Federer held the world number one ranking for 237 weeks between 2004 and 2008, a record that may never be broken. Despite the fact that newer athletes are already finding ways to beat him, his 20-year career has been a testimonial to his conditioning and ability.


Winning the 2018 Australian Open after a great 2017 season in which he won Wimbledon and the Australian Open demonstrates that he is a force to be reckoned without a doubt that Roger Federer was the greatest of all time as of 2018




3. Rafael Nadal


Born: June 3, 1986

Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Resides: Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Turned pro: 2001

Career prize money: $127,121,385

90 career titles

21 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 Australian, 13 French, 4 US Open, 2 Wimbledon

Current active player


35 years old, Rafa Nadal, sometimes known as “The King of Clay,” has won his 21st Grand Slam title, defeating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, his closest rivals. Rafael is largely considered to be the greatest clay-court player of all time, while Bjorn Borg supporters may disagree. In 2020, he will win a record 13th French Open championship in dominant fashion, making it difficult to fathom anybody being better on clay.

Nadal has established himself as a viable contender for the title of greatest of all time. Rafa’s 2021 Australian Open victory brings him 21 Grand Slam titles, surpassing Federer and Djokovic, who all have 20. – Beijing Summer Olympics


4. Rod Laver

Born: August 8, 1938

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Resides: Carlsbad, California

Turned pro: 1962

Retired 1979

Career prize money: $1,565,413

200 career titles

11 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 3 Australian, 2 French, 2 US Open, 4 Wimbledon

9 Pro Slam Singles Titles: 3 US Pro, 4 Wembley Pro, 1 French Pro, 1 Wimbledon Pro

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 1981


It’s impossible to say how Rod Laver would have performed against today’s players, but I believe the redheaded Australian would have fared admirably. It’s difficult to argue with the “Rockets” album. He was the world’s number one for seven years (1964– 1970), and he holds the most career titles (200) of anyone in the game’s history.


He is the only player to win the Grand Slam twice, first as an amateur in 1962 and then as a professional in 1969. Who knows how many Grand Slam titles Laver would have won if he hadn’t been barred from competing for five years in the mid-1960s. During this period, known as the pre-open era, the Grand Slam was held.


5. Pete Sampras

Born: August 12, 1971

Potomac, Maryland

Resides: Lake Sherwood, California

Turned pro: 1988

Retired 2002

Career prize money: $43,280,489

64 career titles

14 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 Australian, 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open

Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame: 2007


Pete’s legacy in tennis is difficult to assess because he only won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments during his career. How can we judge where someone belongs when they dominate on one surface but struggle on another? Pete was widely regarded as the greatest player of all time when he retired in 2002, yet some may disagree. He was world number one for six years in a row, and his 14 Grand Slam victories were a record at the time.