Federer, Nadal, Djokovic: 10 greatest male tennis players of all time ranked

All Time Top 10 Male Tennis Players

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, three of tennis’ all-time greats have been entertaining us on the courts for years now, with fans debating who is the best.

The GOAT list in any sport is always a debate had amongst fans, with it being no different with tennis, with people having their own views and thoughts.

How They Play have compiled their list of the top 10 tennis players of all time, so with Wimbledon just around the corner, what better time to take a look at the list?

10. Ken Rosewall and Andre Agassi

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 17: Andre Agassi poses at the Lavazza Cafe at Grand Slam Oval during day four of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images for Tennis Australia)

The pair are tied on this list, with Ken Rosewall boasting an impressive 133 career titles including eight Grand Slam triumphs, including four at his home Grand Slam in Australia, winning it at the age of 37.

Andre Agassi is next on this list with eight Grand Slam titles too, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 and can boast over $31 million in prize money.

9. John McEnroe

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 26: Team World Captain John McEnroe speaks before Team Europe is presented with the Laver Cup trophy after defeating Team World 14-1 during Day 3 of the 2021 Laver Cup at TD Garden on September 26, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

The 1999 Hall of Famer is the next player on this list, boasting over 100 career titles including seven Grand Slams. He was a controversial character with his fiery attitude, but his ability on the courts was unquestioned.

8. Jimmy Connors


Jimmy Connors dominated the early 70s, having a ridiculous 99-4 record in 1974, winning the three Grand Slams he entered that year. However, his association with World Team Tennis saw him banned and not able to have a chance at the sweep at the French Open.

7. Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl
Jun 1989: Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia poses with the winning trophy after winning the Stella Artois Championships held at the Queens Club, in London. Mandatory Credit: Russell Cheyne /Allsport

Ivan Lendl was one of the quieter men away from the court in the 80s, but he dominated on it. He was world number one for 270 weeks in that period which was a record at that time.

6. Bjon Borg

Bjorn Borg of the Sweden holds the trophy aloft after defeating Jimmy Connors of the United States during the Men’s Singles Final match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on 8 July 1978 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon in London, England. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Bjon Borg’s dominance in the late 70s was ridiculous, seeing him win five consecutive Wimbledon titles from 1976-80. The final title of that cluster saw that mammoth five set blockbuster with John McEnroe, one of the greatest games of all time.

5. Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras of the United States reaches to make a backhand return against Justin Gimelstob during their Men’s Singles match of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on 1 July 2000 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon in London, England. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)

Surprisingly, Pete Sampras didn’t actually complete the Grand Slam set, with the French Open eluding him. However, he was dominant on the hard and grass courts, topping the world rankings for six years straight despite his clay struggles.

4. Rod Laver

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 14: Rod Laver poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup during the Australian Open trophy arrival and Welcome to Country ceremony on day one of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Rod Laver is the most successful player on this list with a staggering 200 titles to his name. He was also world number one for seven consecutive years from 1964-70. His legacy on Australian tennis was huge, with centre court at the Australian Open being named after him.

3. Roger Federer

LONDON – JULY 6: Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy after his victory over Mark Philippoussis of Australia in the Men’s Singles Final during the final day of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships held on July 6, 2003 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in Wimbledon, London. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The Swiss ace is commonly branded as the GOAT, but he only gets the bronze medal in this list. Now in his 40s, he can still compete at the very top of the game. Injuries are hampering him at the moment, but you’d be a fool to back against him adding to his 20 Grand Slams.

2. Rafael Nadal

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PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain bites the trophy after winning against Casper Ruud of Norway during the Men’s Singles Final match on Day 15 of The 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on June 05, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The King of Clay has the most Grand Slams in history out of any male tennis player with 22, owing most of that down to his clay surface dominance, taking his tally at Roland Garros to 14, he’s been a pro for over two decades and has amassed 92 titles so far.

1. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy in front of the honours board and points to his name after winning his men’s Singles Final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on Day Thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Thomas Lovelock – Pool/Getty Images)

Djokovic has been enjoying his prime years and was virtually unbeatable in 2021. He was going for the calendar Grand Slam before a straight set loss to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open quashed the dreams. He still has 87 career titles including 20 Grand Slams and like the top three on this list, he probably isn’t done there.

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