The Ten Greatest Men’s Tennis Players of All Time: Article One

Tennis is one of the most competitive and physically demanding sports in the world. This means to be any good at the sport one must be very athletically primed, and know the game inside out. Not many tennis players have ever had a true combination of the two, yet alone become the world’s best. But a few have, and so here is my top ten list of the greatest men’s tennis players of all time!….

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1.       Roger Federer (Switzerland) – Career record 709-170

Currently ranked world no. 2 by the ATP, Federer is a living legend, and the greatest tennis player of all time. Federer is the Schumacher of the Tennis world having dominated the sport over a decade now! With 22 career Grand Slam finals, 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals, 62 career titles, Olympic gold medallist, and the winner of 16 Grand Slam titles, Federer is undoubtedly the best player in the sport today!  The Swill Maestro is formidable on any court he plays on be it a clay court, grass court, or hard court! He is a true all round tennis professional that has proven himself to be a master of this sport!

2.      Rod Laver (Australia)  – Career record 392-99

This retired legend of tennis has proven himself to be one of the sports greatest. The former world number 1 for seven consecutive years (64’-70’), and the only player to ever win all four Grand Slam singles for 1 year, Laver is one of the most technically flawless players of all time! Laver is regarded by many as the greatest tennis player of all time, and well yes he was, until Federer came along!

3.      Pete Sampras (United States) – Career record 762-222

Pete Sampras is one of the most successful tennis players of all time, having won 14 Grand Slam titles and a former world number 1 for six consecutive years (93’-98’), he proved to be superior to many great tennis players including Andre Agassi! He did hold the record for most Grand Slam titles until Federer took the record as he dominated the sport.

4.      Andre Agassi (United States) – Career record 870-274

If there was ever a player to hold their own against the legendary Sampras, it was Agassi! Having won the Grand Slam eight times, 17 master series singles titles, 96’ Olympic gold medal, and only one of 6 players to ever complete a men’s singles career Grand Slam, Agassi well and truly deserves a placing this high on the list! His career of 20 years has allowed him to help revive the sport back in the 90s due to his on court personality.

5.       Roy Emerson (Australia)

The only reason I put this living tennis legend so far down the list is simply because he made most of his tennis achievements prior to the introduction of the open era in the late 60s , and thus as an amateur, not a professional! If one was to put that fact aside, then Emerson could easily be considered the best player of all time simply by his sheer achievements within the sport. Having won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, and 16 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles, a record of 28 Grand Slam titles, he holds the all time record for a male player. Well deserved for the fifth position on my list!

This is MY top ten list, so respect it as such. The continuation 6-10 will be in ‘article two’! Feel free to comment and discuss below the list, do you agree with the list, or do you not? Thank you!

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18 Comments
  1. Posted August 21, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I very much agree with this list.
    Roger Federer, the Best ever.
    Rod Laver, Pete Sampras and Agassi were simply amazing, but I haven’t even heard of Emerson.

    Good article! :)

  2. Posted August 21, 2010 at 8:58 am

    re SMS Man

    The reason you woudnt have is because Emerson made most of his career whilst Tennis was just an amateur game- so prior to 69′. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    Dejan :)

  3. Posted August 21, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I can’t disagree with the list or the order. I think Nadal, if he can stay fit, will trouble the top end of this list in the next few years.

    Enjoyed this one mate.

    Lewis

  4. Posted August 21, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Great Stuff

  5. Posted August 21, 2010 at 9:04 am

    re Lewis

    Well Nadal makes it at number 6 on my list. For somebody so young, he has potential to surpassing Federer given time and further playing perfection! Thanks for reading :)

  6. Posted August 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl should have made this list.

  7. Posted August 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Nice share.

  8. Posted August 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Great article Dejan, i really enjoyed this one. I agree that Rafael Nadal could surpass Federer in the years to come, but currently Federer is on top.

    Emmie

  9. Posted August 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    re Shilaho

    maybe they were good tennis players, but no way are they better than teh five in this list, or the 10 in both lists! This was MY list after all! Thanks for commenting.

    re Emmie

    I always love your comment! Im happy to see others share my view! Yes Federer is very much at No 1! He’s a legend!

    Also thanks for reading ande commenting Ethics and Psingh :)

  10. Complete Disagreeent
    Posted August 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    This list is Bush League.
    The two old-timers, throw them in at 15, and 20 on the list. I’m not puttin a guy who flung a wooden racket around in front o 100 people a Grand Slam anything. Lets see how Emerson wuld do in front of 1,000s at the US Open, in front of a wordly televised event. Its not two guys having a gay time shakin hands at the net, its when the ‘Open Era’ began is when Tennis stars had the most adversity to endure to reach the final. Before the era, you had to have sponsor this, and silent-partner that, its more Political then anything. I guess if every Tennis Player ever to play were at the exact identical time,and they played in a park in a neighborhood in front of teenage drunkteenage onlookers, you can put Emerson as high as you like. But in the steamy heat of the Billion Dollar Business known a the US Open now, its comparing Bush League to the majors, or Slams.Case close on those two.
    Federer is cleaning up after he party. The heyday of mens Tennis was from the dawning of Connors to the farewell of Agassi. Its like saying U2 is a better band then The Beatles cause U2 was number 1 for years, and the Beatles had a short 8 year run. But Th Beatles had The Who, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix to compete with, while U2 slammed around REM, lost to Nirvana for two years, then took down Green Day. There aint no one out there to beat. You got Alex Rios and his branching out from clay. This is the day of woman’s Tennis, men’s Tennis is 2nd page, partly due to Federer. He should be pentalize for paying no homeage to Tennis.
    Sampras won the titles, but was never complete. He played efficiently with his limitation. He never capture the French Open. His grass play was top of the line, no question. once again, he battle Agassi to a huge rival, but got extra grace when he had to battle a burnout Becker, and countless nobodies to crown after crown. He had no pinnache. And in Tennis, pinnache might not count in the ‘number of Grand Slams won colemn,’ but it counts. He never battle adversity like all the other american greats do. Even Roddick seems more a trainreck then Sampras. An american that is that European in bhvior belongs in the 6 to 10 category, not 1 to 5.
    Agassi is the best arguement of your top 5. he won everywhere, even though his French Open Championship was threw the most injured field i the history of the sport. Go with me on this one, he faught with his celebrity, he didnt labor it like his predessesors. Johnny Mac never turn from a camera, neither did Connors. Those two stood threw thick and thin, while Agassi would dispeer from the finals, the top 300 and beyond. Then tap in for a year, play outstanding top 5 all-time Tennis, then disapeer into the Michael Chag night.
    Ok, my top 5. First off, its a five way tie for first.
    Lets go in alphabetical order. Boris Becker: He came on to the scene early winning Wimbleton as a teeager. The badboy turn he gme of Tennis into a fiery battle that left you breathless. Every match was the momet, the epic. He was loved, and hated. Only the greats have it. He made his advantags. His all around skill , ability and play were not the mot fundlemental, but he willed himself to victories. When he won Wimbleton you enjoy the trophy presentation, and went outside with a racket, beseige but the grandeur of Tennis. He attracted the audience.
    Borg- A true phenom, a star as a teenager. There’s two ways I look at Borg. I look at him as a child when he was a machine the way he tore apart Conners, Tanner, and Jimmy ac in the finals. Now I see him as a man. A young man who won the French, and Wimbleton back to back. The way he faught threw the most pro-american crowds in the US Open. How he was the vilan, and how he weighed im down to burnout. His career ws short and o the point, a remarkable piece of theater he was.
    Conners- a true epidome of spirit. It wasnt hiit wasnt his skill, it was the dance between him and his partner, or his opponent in the micro. He was so artistic on the court he almost change Tennis into WWF wrestling You felt every it, every reach, every enforce error, every opponent winner. He as always the underdog, even in the first round. Somehow he got there, not cause God graced him with the finest of skill, but God graced him with spirit, and the bigger the stacks, the arena, his spirit would excuberate to the now. He was lunch bucket, he had no great surface, but he made the sport ‘his web.’ The first time I cried when someone won anything was seeing Conners win the US Open, how much suffering he endured threwstraight set loses to Borg, and him the beaten, hoisted the trophy, magic!
    Ivan L. – He was the NY Yakees, the Michael Jordan, the 1970 Pittsbrgh Stellers. He was the best, and there was nothing you could do about it. He was the Terminator, Friday the 13th, the Omen, the machine all in one. Conners could do nothing against him. Jimmy Mac gave up after years of defeat. Others played around him. His baseline lay is second to none. You were puddyin his hands when a rally began. His play at Wimbleton was the little mercy you got in his reign of terror. He was Federer in the 1980s only ever Tennis great was there to battle him, but he could not be denied. I saw Ivan play for years, I always rooted for the other guy, who always lost.
    He actually he a distnguish gentleman, but in the arena of Tennis Grand Slams he was on a mission. Everyone gun for him, the american public feared him like the Russins themselves. When he won it was expected, when he lost a great moment of Tennis history, the day the sun came out after weeks of rain. Even the antihero, that booed and his, still i a player dealing with high levels of adversity. He took the public snear as Borg endure earlier.
    His persona was bigger them him and his championships. He reman within himself threw the battles, he was unstopable in a time when everyone was gunnin for him in the freeworld. A true chapion for the ages.

  11. Complete Disagreeent
    Posted August 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    This list is Bush League.
    The two old-timers, throw them in at 15, and 20 on the list. I\’m not puttin a guy who flung a wooden racket around in front o 100 people a Grand Slam anything. Lets see how Emerson wuld do in front of 1,000s at the US Open, in front of a wordly televised event. Its not two guys having a gay time shakin hands at the net, its when the \’Open Era\’ began is when Tennis stars had the most adversity to endure to reach the final. Before the era, you had to have sponsor this, and silent-partner that, its more Political then anything. I guess if every Tennis Player ever to play were at the exact identical time,and they played in a park in a neighborhood in front of teenage drunkteenage onlookers, you can put Emerson as high as you like. But in the steamy heat of the Billion Dollar Business known a the US Open now, its comparing Bush League to the majors, or Slams.Case close on those two.
    Federer is cleaning up after he party. The heyday of mens Tennis was from the dawning of Connors to the farewell of Agassi. Its like saying U2 is a better band then The Beatles cause U2 was number 1 for years, and the Beatles had a short 8 year run. But Th Beatles had The Who, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix to compete with, while U2 slammed around REM, lost to Nirvana for two years, then took down Green Day. There aint no one out there to beat. You got Alex Rios and his branching out from clay. This is the day of woman\’s Tennis, men\’s Tennis is 2nd page, partly due to Federer. He should be pentalize for paying no homeage to Tennis.
    Sampras won the titles, but was never complete. He played efficiently with his limitation. He never capture the French Open. His grass play was top of the line, no question. once again, he battle Agassi to a huge rival, but got extra grace when he had to battle a burnout Becker, and countless nobodies to crown after crown. He had no pinnache. And in Tennis, pinnache might not count in the \’number of Grand Slams won colemn,\’ but it counts. He never battle adversity like all the other american greats do. Even Roddick seems more a trainreck then Sampras. An american that is that European in bhvior belongs in the 6 to 10 category, not 1 to 5.
    Agassi is the best arguement of your top 5. he won everywhere, even though his French Open Championship was threw the most injured field i the history of the sport. Go with me on this one, he faught with his celebrity, he didnt labor it like his predessesors. Johnny Mac never turn from a camera, neither did Connors. Those two stood threw thick and thin, while Agassi would dispeer from the finals, the top 300 and beyond. Then tap in for a year, play outstanding top 5 all-time Tennis, then disapeer into the Michael Chag night.
    Ok, my top 5. First off, its a five way tie for first.
    Lets go in alphabetical order. Boris Becker: He came on to the scene early winning Wimbleton as a teeager. The badboy turn he gme of Tennis into a fiery battle that left you breathless. Every match was the momet, the epic. He was loved, and hated. Only the greats have it. He made his advantags. His all around skill , ability and play were not the mot fundlemental, but he willed himself to victories. When he won Wimbleton you enjoy the trophy presentation, and went outside with a racket, beseige but the grandeur of Tennis. He attracted the audience.
    Borg- A true phenom, a star as a teenager. There\’s two ways I look at Borg. I look at him as a child when he was a machine the way he tore apart Conners, Tanner, and Jimmy ac in the finals. Now I see him as a man. A young man who won the French, and Wimbleton back to back. The way he faught threw the most pro-american crowds in the US Open. How he was the vilan, and how he weighed im down to burnout. His career ws short and o the point, a remarkable piece of theater he was.
    Conners- a true epidome of spirit. It wasnt hiit wasnt his skill, it was the dance between him and his partner, or his opponent in the micro. He was so artistic on the court he almost change Tennis into WWF wrestling You felt every it, every reach, every enforce error, every opponent winner. He as always the underdog, even in the first round. Somehow he got there, not cause God graced him with the finest of skill, but God graced him with spirit, and the bigger the stacks, the arena, his spirit would excuberate to the now. He was lunch bucket, he had no great surface, but he made the sport \’his web.\’ The first time I cried when someone won anything was seeing Conners win the US Open, how much suffering he endured threwstraight set loses to Borg, and him the beaten, hoisted the trophy, magic!
    Ivan L. – He was the NY Yakees, the Michael Jordan, the 1970 Pittsbrgh Stellers. He was the best, and there was nothing you could do about it. He was the Terminator, Friday the 13th, the Omen, the machine all in one. Conners could do nothing against him. Jimmy Mac gave up after years of defeat. Others played around him. His baseline lay is second to none. You were puddyin his hands when a rally began. His play at Wimbleton was the little mercy you got in his reign of terror. He was Federer in the 1980s only ever Tennis great was there to battle him, but he could not be denied. I saw Ivan play for years, I always rooted for the other guy, who always lost.
    He actually he a distnguish gentleman, but in the arena of Tennis Grand Slams he was on a mission. Everyone gun for him, the american public feared him like the Russins themselves. When he won it was expected, when he lost a great moment of Tennis history, the day the sun came out after weeks of rain. Even the antihero, that booed and his, still i a player dealing with high levels of adversity. He took the public snear as Borg endure earlier.
    His persona was bigger them him and his championships. He reman within himself threw the battles, he was unstopable in a time when everyone was gunnin for him in the freeworld. A true chapion for the ages.

  12. Complete Disagreeent
    Posted August 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    This list is Bush League.
    The two old-timers, throw them in at 15, and 20 on the list. I\\\’m not puttin a guy who flung a wooden racket around in front o 100 people a Grand Slam anything. Lets see how Emerson wuld do in front of 1,000s at the US Open, in front of a wordly televised event. Its not two guys having a gay time shakin hands at the net, its when the \\\’Open Era\\\’ began is when Tennis stars had the most adversity to endure to reach the final. Before the era, you had to have sponsor this, and silent-partner that, its more Political then anything. I guess if every Tennis Player ever to play were at the exact identical time,and they played in a park in a neighborhood in front of teenage drunkteenage onlookers, you can put Emerson as high as you like. But in the steamy heat of the Billion Dollar Business known a the US Open now, its comparing Bush League to the majors, or Slams.Case close on those two.
    Federer is cleaning up after he party. The heyday of mens Tennis was from the dawning of Connors to the farewell of Agassi. Its like saying U2 is a better band then The Beatles cause U2 was number 1 for years, and the Beatles had a short 8 year run. But Th Beatles had The Who, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix to compete with, while U2 slammed around REM, lost to Nirvana for two years, then took down Green Day. There aint no one out there to beat. You got Alex Rios and his branching out from clay. This is the day of woman\\\’s Tennis, men\\\’s Tennis is 2nd page, partly due to Federer. He should be pentalize for paying no homeage to Tennis.
    Sampras won the titles, but was never complete. He played efficiently with his limitation. He never capture the French Open. His grass play was top of the line, no question. once again, he battle Agassi to a huge rival, but got extra grace when he had to battle a burnout Becker, and countless nobodies to crown after crown. He had no pinnache. And in Tennis, pinnache might not count in the \\\’number of Grand Slams won colemn,\\\’ but it counts. He never battle adversity like all the other american greats do. Even Roddick seems more a trainreck then Sampras. An american that is that European in bhvior belongs in the 6 to 10 category, not 1 to 5.
    Agassi is the best arguement of your top 5. he won everywhere, even though his French Open Championship was threw the most injured field i the history of the sport. Go with me on this one, he faught with his celebrity, he didnt labor it like his predessesors. Johnny Mac never turn from a camera, neither did Connors. Those two stood threw thick and thin, while Agassi would dispeer from the finals, the top 300 and beyond. Then tap in for a year, play outstanding top 5 all-time Tennis, then disapeer into the Michael Chag night.
    Ok, my top 5. First off, its a five way tie for first.
    Lets go in alphabetical order. Boris Becker: He came on to the scene early winning Wimbleton as a teeager. The badboy turn he gme of Tennis into a fiery battle that left you breathless. Every match was the momet, the epic. He was loved, and hated. Only the greats have it. He made his advantags. His all around skill , ability and play were not the mot fundlemental, but he willed himself to victories. When he won Wimbleton you enjoy the trophy presentation, and went outside with a racket, beseige but the grandeur of Tennis. He attracted the audience.
    Borg- A true phenom, a star as a teenager. There\\\’s two ways I look at Borg. I look at him as a child when he was a machine the way he tore apart Conners, Tanner, and Jimmy ac in the finals. Now I see him as a man. A young man who won the French, and Wimbleton back to back. The way he faught threw the most pro-american crowds in the US Open. How he was the vilan, and how he weighed im down to burnout. His career ws short and o the point, a remarkable piece of theater he was.
    Conners- a true epidome of spirit. It wasnt hiit wasnt his skill, it was the dance between him and his partner, or his opponent in the micro. He was so artistic on the court he almost change Tennis into WWF wrestling You felt every it, every reach, every enforce error, every opponent winner. He as always the underdog, even in the first round. Somehow he got there, not cause God graced him with the finest of skill, but God graced him with spirit, and the bigger the stacks, the arena, his spirit would excuberate to the now. He was lunch bucket, he had no great surface, but he made the sport \\\’his web.\\\’ The first time I cried when someone won anything was seeing Conners win the US Open, how much suffering he endured threwstraight set loses to Borg, and him the beaten, hoisted the trophy, magic!
    Ivan L. – He was the NY Yakees, the Michael Jordan, the 1970 Pittsbrgh Stellers. He was the best, and there was nothing you could do about it. He was the Terminator, Friday the 13th, the Omen, the machine all in one. Conners could do nothing against him. Jimmy Mac gave up after years of defeat. Others played around him. His baseline lay is second to none. You were puddyin his hands when a rally began. His play at Wimbleton was the little mercy you got in his reign of terror. He was Federer in the 1980s only ever Tennis great was there to battle him, but he could not be denied. I saw Ivan play for years, I always rooted for the other guy, who always lost.
    He actually he a distnguish gentleman, but in the arena of Tennis Grand Slams he was on a mission. Everyone gun for him, the american public feared him like the Russins themselves. When he won it was expected, when he lost a great moment of Tennis history, the day the sun came out after weeks of rain. Even the antihero, that booed and his, still i a player dealing with high levels of adversity. He took the public snear as Borg endure earlier.
    His persona was bigger them him and his championships. He reman within himself threw the battles, he was unstopable in a time when everyone was gunnin for him in the freeworld. A true chapion for the ages.

  13. Complete Disagreeent
    Posted August 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    This list is Bush League.
    The two old-timers, throw them in at 15, and 20 on the list. I\\\\\\\’m not puttin a guy who flung a wooden racket around in front o 100 people a Grand Slam anything. Lets see how Emerson wuld do in front of 1,000s at the US Open, in front of a wordly televised event. Its not two guys having a gay time shakin hands at the net, its when the \\\\\\\’Open Era\\\\\\\’ began is when Tennis stars had the most adversity to endure to reach the final. Before the era, you had to have sponsor this, and silent-partner that, its more Political then anything. I guess if every Tennis Player ever to play were at the exact identical time,and they played in a park in a neighborhood in front of teenage drunkteenage onlookers, you can put Emerson as high as you like. But in the steamy heat of the Billion Dollar Business known a the US Open now, its comparing Bush League to the majors, or Slams.Case close on those two.
    Federer is cleaning up after he party. The heyday of mens Tennis was from the dawning of Connors to the farewell of Agassi. Its like saying U2 is a better band then The Beatles cause U2 was number 1 for years, and the Beatles had a short 8 year run. But Th Beatles had The Who, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix to compete with, while U2 slammed around REM, lost to Nirvana for two years, then took down Green Day. There aint no one out there to beat. You got Alex Rios and his branching out from clay. This is the day of woman\\\\\\\’s Tennis, men\\\\\\\’s Tennis is 2nd page, partly due to Federer. He should be pentalize for paying no homeage to Tennis.
    Sampras won the titles, but was never complete. He played efficiently with his limitation. He never capture the French Open. His grass play was top of the line, no question. once again, he battle Agassi to a huge rival, but got extra grace when he had to battle a burnout Becker, and countless nobodies to crown after crown. He had no pinnache. And in Tennis, pinnache might not count in the \\\\\\\’number of Grand Slams won colemn,\\\\\\\’ but it counts. He never battle adversity like all the other american greats do. Even Roddick seems more a trainreck then Sampras. An american that is that European in bhvior belongs in the 6 to 10 category, not 1 to 5.
    Agassi is the best arguement of your top 5. he won everywhere, even though his French Open Championship was threw the most injured field i the history of the sport. Go with me on this one, he faught with his celebrity, he didnt labor it like his predessesors. Johnny Mac never turn from a camera, neither did Connors. Those two stood threw thick and thin, while Agassi would dispeer from the finals, the top 300 and beyond. Then tap in for a year, play outstanding top 5 all-time Tennis, then disapeer into the Michael Chag night.
    Ok, my top 5. First off, its a five way tie for first.
    Lets go in alphabetical order. Boris Becker: He came on to the scene early winning Wimbleton as a teeager. The badboy turn he gme of Tennis into a fiery battle that left you breathless. Every match was the momet, the epic. He was loved, and hated. Only the greats have it. He made his advantags. His all around skill , ability and play were not the mot fundlemental, but he willed himself to victories. When he won Wimbleton you enjoy the trophy presentation, and went outside with a racket, beseige but the grandeur of Tennis. He attracted the audience.
    Borg- A true phenom, a star as a teenager. There\\\\\\\’s two ways I look at Borg. I look at him as a child when he was a machine the way he tore apart Conners, Tanner, and Jimmy ac in the finals. Now I see him as a man. A young man who won the French, and Wimbleton back to back. The way he faught threw the most pro-american crowds in the US Open. How he was the vilan, and how he weighed im down to burnout. His career ws short and o the point, a remarkable piece of theater he was.
    Conners- a true epidome of spirit. It wasnt hiit wasnt his skill, it was the dance between him and his partner, or his opponent in the micro. He was so artistic on the court he almost change Tennis into WWF wrestling You felt every it, every reach, every enforce error, every opponent winner. He as always the underdog, even in the first round. Somehow he got there, not cause God graced him with the finest of skill, but God graced him with spirit, and the bigger the stacks, the arena, his spirit would excuberate to the now. He was lunch bucket, he had no great surface, but he made the sport \\\\\\\’his web.\\\\\\\’ The first time I cried when someone won anything was seeing Conners win the US Open, how much suffering he endured threwstraight set loses to Borg, and him the beaten, hoisted the trophy, magic!
    Ivan L. – He was the NY Yakees, the Michael Jordan, the 1970 Pittsbrgh Stellers. He was the best, and there was nothing you could do about it. He was the Terminator, Friday the 13th, the Omen, the machine all in one. Conners could do nothing against him. Jimmy Mac gave up after years of defeat. Others played around him. His baseline lay is second to none. You were puddyin his hands when a rally began. His play at Wimbleton was the little mercy you got in his reign of terror. He was Federer in the 1980s only ever Tennis great was there to battle him, but he could not be denied. I saw Ivan play for years, I always rooted for the other guy, who always lost.
    He actually he a distnguish gentleman, but in the arena of Tennis Grand Slams he was on a mission. Everyone gun for him, the american public feared him like the Russins themselves. When he won it was expected, when he lost a great moment of Tennis history, the day the sun came out after weeks of rain. Even the antihero, that booed and his, still i a player dealing with high levels of adversity. He took the public snear as Borg endure earlier.
    His persona was bigger them him and his championships. He reman within himself threw the battles, he was unstopable in a time when everyone was gunnin for him in the freeworld. A true chapion for the ages.

  14. Complete Disagreeent
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 6:51 am

    This list is Bush League.
    The two old-timers, throw them in at 15, and 20 on the list. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’m not puttin a guy who flung a wooden racket around in front o 100 people a Grand Slam anything. Lets see how Emerson wuld do in front of 1,000s at the US Open, in front of a wordly televised event. Its not two guys having a gay time shakin hands at the net, its when the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’Open Era\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ began is when Tennis stars had the most adversity to endure to reach the final. Before the era, you had to have sponsor this, and silent-partner that, its more Political then anything. I guess if every Tennis Player ever to play were at the exact identical time,and they played in a park in a neighborhood in front of teenage drunkteenage onlookers, you can put Emerson as high as you like. But in the steamy heat of the Billion Dollar Business known a the US Open now, its comparing Bush League to the majors, or Slams.Case close on those two.
    Federer is cleaning up after he party. The heyday of mens Tennis was from the dawning of Connors to the farewell of Agassi. Its like saying U2 is a better band then The Beatles cause U2 was number 1 for years, and the Beatles had a short 8 year run. But Th Beatles had The Who, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix to compete with, while U2 slammed around REM, lost to Nirvana for two years, then took down Green Day. There aint no one out there to beat. You got Alex Rios and his branching out from clay. This is the day of woman\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s Tennis, men\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s Tennis is 2nd page, partly due to Federer. He should be pentalize for paying no homeage to Tennis.
    Sampras won the titles, but was never complete. He played efficiently with his limitation. He never capture the French Open. His grass play was top of the line, no question. once again, he battle Agassi to a huge rival, but got extra grace when he had to battle a burnout Becker, and countless nobodies to crown after crown. He had no pinnache. And in Tennis, pinnache might not count in the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’number of Grand Slams won colemn,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ but it counts. He never battle adversity like all the other american greats do. Even Roddick seems more a trainreck then Sampras. An american that is that European in bhvior belongs in the 6 to 10 category, not 1 to 5.
    Agassi is the best arguement of your top 5. he won everywhere, even though his French Open Championship was threw the most injured field i the history of the sport. Go with me on this one, he faught with his celebrity, he didnt labor it like his predessesors. Johnny Mac never turn from a camera, neither did Connors. Those two stood threw thick and thin, while Agassi would dispeer from the finals, the top 300 and beyond. Then tap in for a year, play outstanding top 5 all-time Tennis, then disapeer into the Michael Chag night.
    Ok, my top 5. First off, its a five way tie for first.
    Lets go in alphabetical order. Boris Becker: He came on to the scene early winning Wimbleton as a teeager. The badboy turn he gme of Tennis into a fiery battle that left you breathless. Every match was the momet, the epic. He was loved, and hated. Only the greats have it. He made his advantags. His all around skill , ability and play were not the mot fundlemental, but he willed himself to victories. When he won Wimbleton you enjoy the trophy presentation, and went outside with a racket, beseige but the grandeur of Tennis. He attracted the audience.
    Borg- A true phenom, a star as a teenager. There\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s two ways I look at Borg. I look at him as a child when he was a machine the way he tore apart Conners, Tanner, and Jimmy ac in the finals. Now I see him as a man. A young man who won the French, and Wimbleton back to back. The way he faught threw the most pro-american crowds in the US Open. How he was the vilan, and how he weighed im down to burnout. His career ws short and o the point, a remarkable piece of theater he was.
    Conners- a true epidome of spirit. It wasnt hiit wasnt his skill, it was the dance between him and his partner, or his opponent in the micro. He was so artistic on the court he almost change Tennis into WWF wrestling You felt every it, every reach, every enforce error, every opponent winner. He as always the underdog, even in the first round. Somehow he got there, not cause God graced him with the finest of skill, but God graced him with spirit, and the bigger the stacks, the arena, his spirit would excuberate to the now. He was lunch bucket, he had no great surface, but he made the sport \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’his web.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ The first time I cried when someone won anything was seeing Conners win the US Open, how much suffering he endured threwstraight set loses to Borg, and him the beaten, hoisted the trophy, magic!
    Ivan L. – He was the NY Yakees, the Michael Jordan, the 1970 Pittsbrgh Stellers. He was the best, and there was nothing you could do about it. He was the Terminator, Friday the 13th, the Omen, the machine all in one. Conners could do nothing against him. Jimmy Mac gave up after years of defeat. Others played around him. His baseline lay is second to none. You were puddyin his hands when a rally began. His play at Wimbleton was the little mercy you got in his reign of terror. He was Federer in the 1980s only ever Tennis great was there to battle him, but he could not be denied. I saw Ivan play for years, I always rooted for the other guy, who always lost.
    He actually he a distnguish gentleman, but in the arena of Tennis Grand Slams he was on a mission. Everyone gun for him, the american public feared him like the Russins themselves. When he won it was expected, when he lost a great moment of Tennis history, the day the sun came out after weeks of rain. Even the antihero, that booed and his, still i a player dealing with high levels of adversity. He took the public snear as Borg endure earlier.
    His persona was bigger them him and his championships. He reman within himself threw the battles, he was unstopable in a time when everyone was gunnin for him in the freeworld. A true chapion for the ages.

  15. Complete Disagreeent
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 6:51 am

    This list is Bush League.
    The two old-timers, throw them in at 15, and 20 on the list. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’m not puttin a guy who flung a wooden racket around in front o 100 people a Grand Slam anything. Lets see how Emerson wuld do in front of 1,000s at the US Open, in front of a wordly televised event. Its not two guys having a gay time shakin hands at the net, its when the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’Open Era\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ began is when Tennis stars had the most adversity to endure to reach the final. Before the era, you had to have sponsor this, and silent-partner that, its more Political then anything. I guess if every Tennis Player ever to play were at the exact identical time,and they played in a park in a neighborhood in front of teenage drunkteenage onlookers, you can put Emerson as high as you like. But in the steamy heat of the Billion Dollar Business known a the US Open now, its comparing Bush League to the majors, or Slams.Case close on those two.
    Federer is cleaning up after he party. The heyday of mens Tennis was from the dawning of Connors to the farewell of Agassi. Its like saying U2 is a better band then The Beatles cause U2 was number 1 for years, and the Beatles had a short 8 year run. But Th Beatles had The Who, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix to compete with, while U2 slammed around REM, lost to Nirvana for two years, then took down Green Day. There aint no one out there to beat. You got Alex Rios and his branching out from clay. This is the day of woman\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s Tennis, men\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s Tennis is 2nd page, partly due to Federer. He should be pentalize for paying no homeage to Tennis.
    Sampras won the titles, but was never complete. He played efficiently with his limitation. He never capture the French Open. His grass play was top of the line, no question. once again, he battle Agassi to a huge rival, but got extra grace when he had to battle a burnout Becker, and countless nobodies to crown after crown. He had no pinnache. And in Tennis, pinnache might not count in the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’number of Grand Slams won colemn,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ but it counts. He never battle adversity like all the other american greats do. Even Roddick seems more a trainreck then Sampras. An american that is that European in bhvior belongs in the 6 to 10 category, not 1 to 5.
    Agassi is the best arguement of your top 5. he won everywhere, even though his French Open Championship was threw the most injured field i the history of the sport. Go with me on this one, he faught with his celebrity, he didnt labor it like his predessesors. Johnny Mac never turn from a camera, neither did Connors. Those two stood threw thick and thin, while Agassi would dispeer from the finals, the top 300 and beyond. Then tap in for a year, play outstanding top 5 all-time Tennis, then disapeer into the Michael Chag night.
    Ok, my top 5. First off, its a five way tie for first.
    Lets go in alphabetical order. Boris Becker: He came on to the scene early winning Wimbleton as a teeager. The badboy turn he gme of Tennis into a fiery battle that left you breathless. Every match was the momet, the epic. He was loved, and hated. Only the greats have it. He made his advantags. His all around skill , ability and play were not the mot fundlemental, but he willed himself to victories. When he won Wimbleton you enjoy the trophy presentation, and went outside with a racket, beseige but the grandeur of Tennis. He attracted the audience.
    Borg- A true phenom, a star as a teenager. There\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s two ways I look at Borg. I look at him as a child when he was a machine the way he tore apart Conners, Tanner, and Jimmy ac in the finals. Now I see him as a man. A young man who won the French, and Wimbleton back to back. The way he faught threw the most pro-american crowds in the US Open. How he was the vilan, and how he weighed im down to burnout. His career ws short and o the point, a remarkable piece of theater he was.
    Conners- a true epidome of spirit. It wasnt hiit wasnt his skill, it was the dance between him and his partner, or his opponent in the micro. He was so artistic on the court he almost change Tennis into WWF wrestling You felt every it, every reach, every enforce error, every opponent winner. He as always the underdog, even in the first round. Somehow he got there, not cause God graced him with the finest of skill, but God graced him with spirit, and the bigger the stacks, the arena, his spirit would excuberate to the now. He was lunch bucket, he had no great surface, but he made the sport \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’his web.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ The first time I cried when someone won anything was seeing Conners win the US Open, how much suffering he endured threwstraight set loses to Borg, and him the beaten, hoisted the trophy, magic!
    Ivan L. – He was the NY Yakees, the Michael Jordan, the 1970 Pittsbrgh Stellers. He was the best, and there was nothing you could do about it. He was the Terminator, Friday the 13th, the Omen, the machine all in one. Conners could do nothing against him. Jimmy Mac gave up after years of defeat. Others played around him. His baseline lay is second to none. You were puddyin his hands when a rally began. His play at Wimbleton was the little mercy you got in his reign of terror. He was Federer in the 1980s only ever Tennis great was there to battle him, but he could not be denied. I saw Ivan play for years, I always rooted for the other guy, who always lost.
    He actually he a distnguish gentleman, but in the arena of Tennis Grand Slams he was on a mission. Everyone gun for him, the american public feared him like the Russins themselves. When he won it was expected, when he lost a great moment of Tennis history, the day the sun came out after weeks of rain. Even the antihero, that booed and his, still i a player dealing with high levels of adversity. He took the public snear as Borg endure earlier.
    His persona was bigger them him and his championships. He reman within himself threw the battles, he was unstopable in a time when everyone was gunnin for him in the freeworld. A true chapion for the ages.

  16. Posted August 24, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Nice share friend. Well presented. I can see some spam responses here…

  17. philippos
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 9:59 am

    1) federer
    2)federer
    3)federer
    4)Sampras
    5)Bjong Borg

    thank you

  18. Juliet
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 7:34 am

    After the 2010 US Open, I think you’ll have to slot Nadal somewhere on that list

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