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Novak Djokovic Returns to Top of Tennis World

With the victory beating Roger Federer in a five-set thriller in Wimbledon, the Serb, Novak Djokovic took the no 1 ranking back from Rafael Nadal. It was his second Wimbledon title and his seventh major overall.

Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer, most importantly the match was tough enough to hold the nerve. Djokovic overcame the uncertainties with a hard win of 6-7,6-4,7-6,5-7,6-4 and three hours and 56 minutes match.

Before this astonishing win, Djokovic had lost his last three major finals and hadn’t won a Slam since 2013 Australian Open. May be that was the key to his success. There is no doubt about his excellence. He was making finals and winning smaller titles, which made him a great player still. But like all other greats, at the most important times in the biggest matches, Djokovic was caving.

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On Wimbledon final, for a while it looked like that pattern will continue.

During this crucial final, Djokovic found himself surrendering leads again and again to in-form Federer. At the beginning, he was up two sets to one and had even a 5-2 lead in the fourth set. But he couldn’t hold on his standing. He always remains so vulnerable at Federer’s serve as Djokovic lost five consecutive games and failed to convert one championship point on that.

But it was Novak Djokovic who refused to fold and finally won the title.

Now, get a look of his rising. With his impeccable 2011 season, Djokovic created monster for himself. He entered 2011 Australian open with only one Slam in his name. but at the end of that year he packed a Wimbledon title, U.S Open crown, another Australian open win and the NO. 1 ranking.

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That year he won his first 41 matches before the defeat came in French open semifinals again Roger Federer.

Since then, remaining towards the top of the game he added a third and fourth Australian Open title, but he hasn’t been able to recapture his 2011 performances. Nadal beat him three Slam finals, Murrey beat him two Slam finals and most notably he looked lost and frustrated in the biggest matches.

But Djokovic never gave up despite all these high profile losses.

He was toiling hard to make him perfect.

At the beginning of this year the great Boris Becker joined his team to get him some mental edge for achieving the ultimate goal. But it didn’t seem to pay off quickly as Djokovic lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian open to Stan Wawrinka and in the French open final to Rafael Nadal.

Now, let’s get back to the Wimbledon final, this year and it was against seven-time Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer and the score was 2-2. In the final set, Novak Djokovic showed his talents, he showed he can beat the champion. He finally converted his championship point.

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He lifted his arms to the heavens, swiftly jogged to the net to embrace Federer and then kneeled down to taste the Wimbledon’s sweet grass!

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Then he ran to his box embrace his team and also Boris Becker. Their partnership had paid off at last.

After winning the title Djokovic told the press,

“I realized, you know, what I’ve been through mentally to get through to this point.”

For now Djokovic has once again put himself at the top of the tennis world. He didn’t need to play his best for this to prove that he is the best.

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Rafael Nadal Dominates the French Open (Grand Slam tennis tournament)

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No one has ever before dominated the French Open (a Grand Slam tennis tournament) like Rafael Nadal. He has an unmatched numbers of titles at the French Open.

Another record that reflects his talent is the 59-1. Looking at the 60 matches we can easily understand how he tips the balance in his favor.

Rafael Nadal opened his latest title defense Monday against Robby Ginepri of the United States. He has played 11,485 points at the French Open in nine years. All these points has significance beyond the win-and-loss column.

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Nadal’s set and match percentages are overwhelming. Things are a lot closer on the level of games and points. Rafael Nadal has had such remarkable success at the French Open. He did this while remaining so close to a 50-50 battle in points won.

All the statistics of tennis show that each year the number one player in the world typically wins about 55 percent of all the points he plays. Particularly for that very season. So we can always say that every point matters.

Rafael Nadal has spent a total of 150.7 hours on court at the French Open since 2005. He has always been torturing the opponents with heavy topspin and controlling the flow of each match.

It looks like he has his opponent on a yo-yo. Unbelievably he been stretched to play a fifth set for only two times. Against John Isner and in last year’s semifinal victory over Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal at the French Open Won-Lost Percentage of Winning
Matches Won 59-1 98.3%
Sets Won 177-19 90.3%
Games Won 1169-635 64.8%
Points Won 6465-4920 56.7%

Serve:

Rafael Nadal has served 177 aces and 83 double faults in nine years. This is actually splendid performance for a better than 2-to-1 ratio in this critical first-strike area. He never did serve more than four double faults in a match. Only once did he reach double figures (10) in aces.

May be these numbers can suggest a heavy aversion to risk. Strongest thing about Nadal’s service games is getting his first serve in. he does this almost 71.1 percent of the time at the French Open. It can be considered extremely tough to break him as he wins 71.3 percent of first-serve points and 57.7 percent of second serves.

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Break Point opportunities:

Another thing matters most for Rafael Nadal at the French Open is break-point opportunities. Converting 50 percent of his break points, is a great advantage for him. Which is 5 percent higher than his career average. While opponents could only convert 30 percent of their break points against him.

All Serves Percentage of Winning
1st Serve 71.1%
2nd Serve 57.7%
Opponent’s 2nd Serve 57.6%
Opponent’s 1st Serve 40.2%

Combining all the eight finals, Rafael Nadal’s opponents converted only 25 percent of the break points. For the first five of those finals the conversion rate was only 15 percent. Which is ridiculously low.

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Returning Serve:

May be returning Serve is the arm by which the King of Clay hurts opponents the most. Surprisingly Rafael Nadal wins 40.2 percent of opponent’s first-serve points and 57.6 percent of their second-serve points. This can effectively mean that he has three serves for the match and his opponents have one only.

In the last nine years Nadal has won 67.4 percent of all points serving and 47.1 percent of his return points as well.

Unlike any other year he has lost more at the clay-court lead-in events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. It is said that Rafael Nadal grows a foot taller when he walks onto Court Philippe Chatrier. He has already proven himself almost impossible by slaying clay’s greatest gladiator in that arena.

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Top 10 richest tennis players in the world

Along with enormous joy associated with tennis itself, there are a number of fantastic stars of this sport who’ve risen to celebrity status. Those interested in tennis will be au fait with stars of the court such as Andy Murray and Caroline Wozniacki, the stars who have enjoyed plenty of commercial success over the years. Even for those who don’t have any idea about tennis, there are numerous names for them and it seems virtually impossible to escape with the figures like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Venus and Serena Williams firmly in the international spotlight. However, it’s the well-known names in tennis who’ve made the millions from both their games and celebrity sports endorsement deals.

Prize money may not be the largest income sources for these tennis stars, but success in the Grand Slams is very much crucial for raising the rank. As the players climb the ranking, they become increasingly attractive to world famous brands and that’s when they’ll start earning the big bucks.

Here is the list of top 10 richest tennis players of the World:

Top 10 richest tennis players in the world:

10. Caroline Wozniacki

Prize money: $16 million

World Ranking: 12 (August 11, 2014)

Age: 24 years

Nationality: Danish

Lives in: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Past and present sponsors: Adidas, Yonex, Rolex, Proactiv, Sony Ericsson

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At just 24, the former world No 1 was the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top spot,despite being yet to win a grand slam. Caroline Wozniacki was named 9th most marketable athlete in the world in 2011.

Despite her young age, she has already built up an impressive relationship with the sponsors-she has become the face of Stella McCartney’s tennis line for Adidas in 2009, signed a contract of three years to endorse Turkish Airlines’ business class service and released her own line of underwear in September 2012.

9. Agnieszka Radwańska

Prize money: $16.4 million

Current world ranking: 5 (August 18, 2014)

Age: 25 years

Nationality: Polish

Lives in: Krakow, Poland

Past and present sponsors: Rado, Lexus, Lotto sport italia, Babolat, Amica, Play

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On July 2012, Radwanska achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No 2. She is the first Polish player ever to reach the singles final of 2012 Wimbledon Championships. In 2006, she won the WTA award for most Impressive Newcomer.

For her achievements in tennis and for representing Poland with distinction, she was awarded “the Gold Cross of Merit” by the Polish President.

8. Li Na

Prize money: $16.5 million

Current world ranking: 3 (August 11, 2014)

Age: 32 years

Nationality: Chinese

Lives in: Wuhan, Hubei, China

Past and present sponsors: Visa, Häagen-Dazs, Samsung, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Babolat

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She is the first and only Asian to win a grand slam singles. Li Na is seen as a strong role model across Asia and increasingly the rest of the world. In 2011, Li Na reached the finals of two grand slams and won the titles in French Open. Her winning led to seven three-year multimillion-dollar endorsement deals. She has been backed by Nike for years, but as her ranking has risen, so has demand for Li Na’s endorsement amongst the biggest global brands as well as multiple Chinese companies. She also graced the cover of Time magazine, which placed her as one of only four athletes on the list of 100 most influential people of the world.

7. Venus Williams

Prize money: $29 million

Current world ranking: 20 (11 August, 2014)

Age: 34 years

Nationality: American

Lives in: Linwood, California, USA

Past and present sponsors: Wilson, Electronic Arts, Ralph Lauren, Kraft, American Express, Tide.

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Venus Williams has a sizeable fortune of her own both from endorsement and prize money. She was one of the main campaigners for equal prize money for men and women at Wimbledon. With 21 Grand Slam titles she has been in the world no 1 ranking three times. Venus designs her own clothing line,” Eleven” and not only that, she has her own interior design company named V Starr Interior”. She has also written various books, the latest one names as “Come to win”.

6. Maria Sharapova

Prize money: $30 million

Current world ranking: 6 (4 August, 2014)

Age: 27 years

Nationality: Russian

Lives in: Florida, USA

Past and present sponsors: Nike, Evian, Head, Samsung, Motorolla, Land Rover, Tag Heuer

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The golden girl of tennis, Maria Sharapova has unsurprisingly been particularly attractive to world famous sponsors. Her biggest endorsement is with Nike and in 2010 she re-signed with this global brand in an eight-years deal. That dealing could earn her over $70 million. She has her own collection for Nike’s subsidiary fashion level, Cole Hann. Sharapova’s ballet flat is Cole Haan’s best-selling female shoe ever.

5. Andy Murray

Prize money: $32 million

Current world ranking: 9 (18 August, 2014)

Age: 27 years

Nationality: British

Lives in: London, England

Past and present sponsors: Adidas, Head rackets, Highland Spring, Jaguar, Fred Perry, Rado watches

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The value of Andy Murray soared after his US open win in 2012. After being a member of elite Grand Slam winners club, Andy Murray suddenly became much more marketable and then after becoming 2013 Wimbledon Champion his marketing potential is set to go through the roof.

In 2009, he signed up to a five year deal with Adidas, which became one of his largest sponsors that worth $4-5 million per year. From the Swiss watch company, Rado, he earns seven-figure sponsorship money.

4. Serena Williams

Prize money: $56 million

Current world ranking: 1 (11 August, 2014)

Age: 32 years

Nationality: American

Lives in: Florida, USA

Past and present sponsors: Nike, Wilson, OPI, Puma, Hewlett-Packard, Tampax, Gatorade

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The younger William sister is currently ranking No 1 in the world for the seventh time in her career. Serena Williams has earned the most career prize money than any female athlete in the history of sports and also has a wide range of outside business ventures.

In 2009, Serena launched her own line of handbags and jewellery, but most of her endorsements have been thanks to the joint Williams brand. With her sister,Venus, she has co-written a book “ Venus and Serena: Serving from the hip: 10 rules for living, loving and winning”. The Williams sisters also own a share of the Miami Dolphins, the American football team they have supported since childhood.

3. Novak Djokovic:

Prize money: $65 million

Current world ranking: 1(18 August, 2014)

Age: 27 years

Nationality: Serbian

Lives in: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Past and present sponsors: Mercedes-Benz, Audemars Piguet, Fitline, Srbija, Sergio Tacchini

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Despite his No 1 world ranking, Novak Djokovic has earned less in endorsement than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. However, since 2011 he has won six Grand Slams and earned $30 million prize money alone. In the same year, he signed endorsement deals with Audemars Piguet and Mercedes-Benz. Djokovic left his clothing sponsor Italian brand Sergio Tacchini in 2012 and announced as global ambassador for Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo for five years.

The current world no 1, Djokovic grabs no 3 position in our list of top 10 richest tennis players and it wouldn’t be long enough to see him with more money as well as with more sponsors.

2. Rafael Nadal

Prize money: $70 million

Current World ranking: 2(7 July, 2014)

Age: 28 years

Nationality: Spanish

Lives in: Mallorca, Spain

Past and present sponsors: Lanvin, Nike, Emporio Armani, Richard Mille, Kia Motors

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The “King of Clay has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles as well as a Gold medal in 2008 Beijing Olympic. It was unfortunate for Rafa that a knee injury kept him out of London in 2012 and off the courts for seven months. That injury made him suffer both in terms of ranking and prize money. Nevertheless, Rafa still has plenty to flash thanks to his endorsements.

Famous watch making brand Richard Mille have released two Nadal signature timepieces, the latest of which costs $690,000. In April 2009, Nadal became the face of Lanvin’s L’Homme Sport cologne and taking the reins from football legend Cristiano Ronaldo, he has become the face of Emporio Armani underwear and Armani Jeans in 2011.

In our list of top 10 richest tennis players, Rafael Nadal remains in second position.

1. Roger Federer

Prize money: $84 million

Current world ranking: 3 (18 August, 2014)

Age: 32 years

Nationality: Swiss

Lives in: Bottmingen, Switzerland

Past and present sponsors: Gillette, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Jura, NetJets, , Moët & Chandon

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Roger Federer is the world’s second highest paid athlete, beaten only by the golfer Tiger Woods. Roger Federer is the record-holder for the most Grand Slam wins (an impressive 17) and for longest period in the top (302 weeks) position. Roger Federer holds the no 1 position on our list of top 10 richest tennis players of the world.

Federer appears to be a solid investment for the brands as unlike others he’s never been out of action from injury for a long time. Many of his endorsement dealings have signed for ten years and his sponsors collectively pay him more than $40 million annually.

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World Tennis Hall of Fame 2015 Members

There are many talented tennis players who have shown their extreme skills and outstanding performance with the tennis racket last season. Starting from the legends like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, till the novices who officially turned pro a couple of years ago, all the tennis players tried their best to achieve the success through their performance. The Sporty Ghost team mainly focused on all the basic statistics like total aces, 1st serve return points, break points opportunities and percentage of total points won in selecting the inductees of Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

The performances of these tennis players at major tennis tournaments like US Open, Wimbledon, ATP World Tour Masters, Roland Garros and Australian Open also played important role at making the list of Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

Tennis Hall of Fame 2015:

The recent ATP World rankings were also kept in mind while selecting the players. So, let’s check out Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

10. Marin Cilic

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Marin Cilic, the Croatian professional tennis player is the reigning US Open champion. Cilic has won a total 13 ATP singles titles so far and on 13 October 2014, he achieved his career-high singles ranking No. 8. Marin Cilic first came into focus by defeating then World No. 2 Andy Murray in the fourth round of US Open 2009. Following this, he reached the 2010 Australian Open semifinals. He also made the 2014 Wimbledon quarterfinal.

From his early young age, Cilic developed his career in tennis. His career started in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the young potential was discovered by local hometown coaches. They encouraged him to move to Zagreb for further training. Eventually, he found Bob Brett and made himself established in the professional tennis in 2005. After thorough research, we have selected him for the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

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9. Tomas Berdych

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Tomas Berdych is a Czech by nationality, playing professional tennis. He was the finalist of 2010 Wimbledon Championships and caused consecutive upsets by defeating the top seed and six-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and Novak Djokovic, the then world No. 3 at the semifinals. However, at the final, he was defeated to Rafael Nadal in straight sets. His biggest career win came at the Paris Masters in 2005 as an unseeded player, defeating Ivan Ljubicic in the final of the tournament.

Tomas Berdych is one of the few active players in the modern times to have reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slams. In the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015, Berdych is a potential tennis player with an amazing stamina. He is one of the two players to defeat all the big four in the major events of tennis.

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8. Stan Wawrinka

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Stan Wawrinka is currently the Swiss no. 2 and the World no. 7 in ATP tennis ranking. The Swiss climbed to his highest ranking so far, no. 3 on 27 January, 2014 because of his first grand slam win, the Australian Open in 2014. He reached the semifinals of 2013 US Open and 2015 Australian Open semifinals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets. He also won the Monte Carlo Masters in 2014 and made it to the finals in 2013 Madrid Masters.

Wawrinka is also a gold medalist in the men’s double event at 2008 summer Olympics, partnering with another Swiss Roger Federer. Federer and Wawrinka also were awarded with the 2008 Swiss Team of the Year award. Wawrinka has been playing Davis Cup for the Switzerland since 2004. He was the part of Swiss team in their 2014 Davis Cup win.

Wawrinka is considered as one of the best clay court tennis players while his backhand and serve being his best shots. He is one of the inductees in the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

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7. David Ferrer

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The three-time Davis Cup winner David Ferrer is a Spanish professional tennis player who has won tournaments at all levels except at a Grand Slam. He stepped into the professional tennis in 2000 and from the very beginning of his career he was known as a clay court specialist, having won half of his titles on the surface. David Ferrer is at no. 7 in the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015 list.

Moreover, he attained a significant success on all kinds of surfaces, having reached the finals of 2013 French Open without losing a set, the semifinals of US Opens and Australian Open twice each and Wimbledon quarterfinal twice. In 2006, he first achieved a top-10 ranking and his career-high world ranking 3 was achieved in 2013.

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6. Milos Raonic

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Milos Raonic started his tennis career as a Canadian professional tennis player. Although, he was born in Yugoslavia, his family moved to Canada at the age of three. Now, he is Canada’s highest ATP-ranked male single tennis player since 1973, with a career-high ranking of world No. 6. Raonic qualified for his first Grand Slam event at the US Open in 2010. The following year, he ascended from 102 to 37 in a month, reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open. He won his first ATP title in 2011 SAP Open.

He is specially a hard-court player. He is one of the strongest server in recent tennis. Novak Djokovic commented about Raonic that he “has one of the best serves in the world. Very precise and very powerful”.

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5. Kei Nishikori

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Current World No. 4 Kei Nishikori is a Japanese professional tennis player. Nishikori is the only Japanese male tennis player ever to be ranked in the ATP top 10 ranking as well as the Tennis Hall of Fame 2015. He started playing tennis at the age of five and at 17, he qualified for his first ATP main draw event in Los Angeles. In 2008, Kei Nishikori was named the ATP Newcomer of the Year.

So far, Nishikori has won a total of eight singles titles and became runner-up at the 2014 US Open. It makes him the first ever male tennis player from Asia to reach a Grand Slam singles final. In addition, Nishikori is the first tennis player from Asia to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals and also reached ATP semifinals in 2014. He was also the runner-up in 2014 Madrid Masters.

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4. Andy Murray

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Andy Murray, the Scottish born tennis player, started playing with tennis racket at the age of three. Surprisingly, Murray entered his first competitive tennis tournament at 5 and was playing league tennis at the age of eight. At 15, he moved to Barcelona, Spain to train at Sánchez-Casal Academy. Andy Murray won the junior US Open in 2004 and the following year, he turned himself professional.

Murray has many famous victories in his counts. Among them, 2012 Olympic games were notable where he defeated the world no. 1 Roger Federer in straight sets and won the gold medal, becoming the first British singles champion in over 100 years. The following year, Murray won the 2013 Wimbledon finals and became the first British tennis player to do so since Fred Perry. He is the only player in the history to win both the Olympic gold and US Open in the same year. Andy Murray will undoubtedly the 4th choice of Tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

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3. Rafael Nadal

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The current world No. 3 Rafael Nadal is widely regarded as the finest clay court master in the tennis history. Nadal has been nicknamed as “The King of Clay”. His all rounding performance in tennis made him to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slams till now, which include the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, 15 ATP World Tour 500, and a record 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000. He led the Spanish team to win Davis Cup four times, in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

He became the 7th player in the tennis history to achieve the Career Grand Slam in 2010.The tennis Hall of Fame 2015 will be truly incompleted without Rafael Nadal. He was also selected as the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year 2011. After Andre Agassi, Nadal is the second male player to complete the singles career Golden Slam.

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2. Roger Federer

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Roger Federer is considered as the greatest tennis player of all-time in the tennis history. Currently, No. 2, Roger Federer is a Swiss professional and he has been ranked the top 10 since October 2002. Federer held the world No. 1 ranking for a record 302 weeks, which also includes a consecutive 237 weeks. He is the winner of 17 Grand Slam titles so far, reaching each Grand Slam finals at least five times. He is the finalist of Wimbledon a record nine times.

Federer is also among the seven players, to capture a career Grand Slam. He currently shares an Open Era record for most Wimbledon titles (7) with Pete Sampras and US Open titles (5) with Sampras and Jimmy Connors. Federer is a true legend in tennis. He stepped into the 2nd spot in the tennis Hall of Fame 2015.

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1. Novak Djokovic

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Here he is, the Serbian star Novak Djokovic, the table topper of tennis Hall of Fame 2015. He is currently ranking as the World No. 1 by ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals). Undoubtedly, Djokovic is one of the best tennis players in the world. Novak Djokovic has won 8 Grand Slam singles titles and has been holding the No. 1 spot for a total of 139 weeks so far. He won the ATP World Tour Finals in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and was a part of Serbian team which won the Davis Cup in 2010.

In 2008 summer Olympics, Djokovic was the Bronze medal winner in men’s singles. He is the first and only to win the Australian Open title three times consecutively. This great tennis magician is currently reigning the tennis world with honor and pride.

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Top 10 greatest tennis players of all time (Men)

Tennis is one of the top ranked sports now a days. The game is very popular worldwide. Tennis has gathered over 1 billion fans across the world. Tennis stands at 4th in the list of most popular sports in the world. the sport is also played as a popular college sport across Asia, Europe and America. There are many tennis players who are admired widely for their skillful performances. The world of tennis has produced many famous tennis players over the decades. In this article, we have tried to enlist the greatest tennis players of all time. There is still some intense competition for the no. 1 place and debatable in some manner.

The list has been made based on the legacies and achievements of top tennis players around the world. All these tennis players are extremely hard working and very much passionate about tennis. They gave up everything for the sake of tennis. They all ultimately reached the peak of success and emerged at top of ladder. Let’s have a look at the list of top 10 greatest tennis players of all time.

Top 10 greatest tennis players of all time:

 

10. Jimmy Connors

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Jimmy Connors is a legendary American no. 1 retired tennis player. He seized the top spot of tennis for consecutive 160 weeks (1974-1977), which became a world record that period. Connors was known for his fiery competitiveness and his winning spirit. He secured total 109 career titles in his life. In his peak of success, Connors won 5 US Open, 2 Wimbledon and one Australian Open. In the Open era of 1974, he won three majors in a calendar year with a winning rate of 81.9%. At the age of 39, he reached the semifinals of US open and proved he was worthy where others at this stage will fade away. This great tennis player took the job of a coach after his retirement. He coached many famous tennis players like Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova.

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9. Ivan Lendl

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Ivan Lendl——image credit: Wikimedia/ Charlie Cowins

Ivan Lendl is the pioneer of modern “power tennis”. In the game, he particularly relied upon his incredible strength and heavy topspin from the baseline. He is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. he was the most prolific tennis player in the 1980s. In his 16 years of tennis career, Lendl secured 8 grand slam single titles which include 3 US open, 3 French open and 2 Australian open. He maintained the no. 1 position for 270 weeks, breaking the previous record of Jimmy Connors. He also marked his name as one of the three best tennis players who won more than 1000 singles during his career. After retirement, he took the responsibility to coach Andy Murray and he did that quite successfully.

8. John McEnroe

John McEnroe, top tennis players
John McEnroe——–image credit: Wikimedia/Anefo / Croes, R.C

John McEnroe was a exceptionally talented player, who was better known for his special touch on volley. The former American tennis player’s name was inducted in the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999. The former world no. 1 won total 7 grand slam singles and a record eight year-end tennis championships titles. He used to amazed the tennis lovers with his superb volleying skills and shot-making artistry. He played his role as United States captain in the Davis cup and led his team to win the cup five times. After his retirement, McEnroe became a television commentator.

7. Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi, greatest tennis players
Andre Agassi———image credit: Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

Andre Agassi is a retired American tennis player and one of the biggest tennis superstars. He was the most dominant player from the early 1990s to mid 2000s. he is the winner of 8 grand slams in his career. Agassi was best known for his service returning ability and his charismatic style. He was the only player in the history to achieve the Career Golden grand slam, which was highly praised by the famous Sports Illustrated magazine. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest tennis players of all time. His career was disturbed by multiple muscle injuries namely sciatica and spondylolisthesis. He decided to retire from tennis in 2006 at the age of 36.

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6. Bjorn Borg

Bjorn Borg, famous tennis players
Bjorn Borg——image credit: Wikimedia/Anefo / Croes, R.C.

Bjorn Borg is a Swedish international and the former no. 1 tennis player in the world. Borg became the first tennis player ever in the history to win 11 grand slam titles, which include six French open and five consecutive Wimbledon. His winning rate of 82.7% is still the best in tennis era. He was teenage sensation in the 1970s. He achieved his grand slam tally just at 25 and became very much popular among the young generation. The immense pressure eventually caused burnout, which led him to retire at just 26. It is easily imaginable what would happen if he spent another 10 years in tennis.

5. Rod Laver

Rod Laver, best tennis players
Rod Laver——-image credit: Wikimedia/NL-HaNA, ANEFO / neg

Rodney Laver is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He is Australian by nationality and the former no. 1 ranked tennis player. Laver won a total 200 singles titles, which are the most in the history of tennis. He is at no. 5 in our list with 11 grand slams in his career. His memorable contribution is notable in five Davis cup titles for Australia team. He could perform on all kinds of court surface of his time: clay, grass, carpet, hard and wood. He was famous for his faultless techniques and aggressive groundstrokes.

4. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic, handsome tennis players
Novak Djokovic———image credit: Wikimedia/globalite

The Serbian is currently holding the no. 1 spot in world tennis ranking. He has won 11 grand slam singles titles so far. His grand slams include 6 Australian open, 3 Wimbledon and 2 US Open titles. Djokovic has shown enough potential to be at the top of our list. But, still long way to go for this youngster. In 2015 US open, he reached the final for the sixth time and met Roger Federer. Dojokovic defeated him in four sets to grab his 3rd grand slam title of that year. Djokovic has proven to be an all-court player, who has powerful groundstrokes. His back-hand is regarded as the most powerful and accurate today’s game. Novak Djokovic is clearly a most talent tennis player in the world.

3. Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras, tennis legends
Pete Sampras——–image credit: Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

Pete Sampras from California, United States is another legendary tennis player. The former no. 1 tennis player earned the nickname “Pistol Pete” for his incredible accuracy in serving. He was best known for producing aces on critical points. Later in his career, he became more offensive and often employed chip-and-charge strategy. Before going to retirement in 2002, he bagged 14 grand slams ( 2 Australian open, 7 Wimbledon and 5 US open). He was at no. 1 consecutively for 5 years (1993-1998). He is an iconic figure in world tennis.

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2. Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal, top 10 tennis players
Rafael Nadal———–image via: Wikimedia/Sylvain WEBER

Rafael Nadal, the Spanish international has secured 14 grand slam titles so far. The former world no. 1 is regarded as the most deadliest player at the clay-court. He achieved a record 9 French open titles, which proves that he is the undefeated champion of clay. His aggressive style of play and heavy topspin groundstrokes are very exciting to watch. He has developed a strong left hand in making strokes. He is the only male tennis player to win single grand slam tournament a record nine  consecutive times. His all court performance has made him one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Although he is currently struggling with his form, he has the strength to come back and regain his honor once again.

1. Roger Federer

Roger Federer, greatest tennis players, best tennis player ever
Roger Federer—–image credit: Wikimedia/Mike McCune

Here we are at no. 1 and it’s none other than great Roger Federer. His incredible achievements made him the greatest of them all. He won a record 17 grand slam single titles (4 Australian open, 1 French open, 7 Wimbledon, and 5 US open). Roger is very much fond of breaking records after records. He held the world no. 1 for 302 weeks, which was never done before by any tennis player. He reached each grand slam final for at least five times. Federer won total 302 matches in the grand slam. The Swiss superstar has achieved Laureus world Sportsman of the Year for a record four consecutive years. He is an all-round and all-court player. He is incredible with fluid style and sharp shot making. John McEnroe mentioned Federer’s forehand as “the greatest shot in our sport”. Federer is truly a phenomenon in the world of tennis and undoubtedly he is the no. 1 top tennis player in the recent time.