best athletes The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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List Rules Only male tennis players from 1968 to the present

This list of the greatest male tennis players of the Open Era includes some of the most iconic names in men's tennis. Who are the best male singles tennis players since the game became open (professionals included) in 1968? Some might argue that Roger Federer is, without question, one of the best - if not *the* best men's tennis player of all time. Disagree? That's totally fine, just cast your votes as you see fit and, if you want, you can also re-rank this list in any order you like. Any list of great male tennis players of the Open Era should include many of the players on this list of the greatest men's tennis players of all time. And debates can certainly get interesting. Nadal vs. Federer is a pretty epic debate, for example. Sure, Nadal may rule the clay courts, but where does he stack up in the bigger picture, especially against the likes of Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg? Does Novak Djokovic deserve to be listed here? He's arguably one of the top current men's tennis players. Andy Murray? Same situation. It's hard to know for sure where these younger players will rank in the annals of tennis history, but it's sure hard to argue they aren't some of the best. If you're a huge tennis fan, you might also want to check out these lists and vote for the greatest female tennis players of the Open Era and the best players of all time, too.

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John McEnroe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
John McEnroe age 56

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Rod Laver 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Rod Laver age 77

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Pete Sampras 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Pete Sampras age 44

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Stefan Edberg 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Stefan Edberg age 49

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Roger Federer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Roger Federer age 36

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Ivan Lendl 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ivan Lendl age 55

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Björn Borg 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Björn Borg age 59

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Novak Djokovic 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Andre Agassi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Andre Agassi age 45

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Roy Emerson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Roy Emerson age 79

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Rafael Nadal 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Rafael Nadal age 31

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Jimmy Connors 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jimmy Connors age 63

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Boris Becker 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Boris Becker age 48

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Ken Rosewall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ken Rosewall age 81

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John Newcombe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
John Newcombe age 71

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Arthur Ashe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Arthur Ashe Died at 50 (1943-1993)

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Mats Wilander 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Mats Wilander age 51

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Andy Murray 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Andy Murray age 30

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Pat Cash 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Pat Cash age 50

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Guillermo Vilas 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Ilie Năstase 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Ilie Năstase age 69

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Andy Roddick 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Andy Roddick age 33

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Marat Safin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Marat Safin age 37

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Jim Courier 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Jim Courier age 45

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Lleyton Hewitt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Gustavo Kuerten 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Lew Hoad 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Lew Hoad Died at 60 (1934-1994)

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Patrick Rafter 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Fred Perry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Fred Perry Died at 86 (1909-1995)

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Manuel Santana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Goran Ivanišević 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Goran Ivanišević

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Manuel Orantes 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Bill Tilden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Bill Tilden Died at 60 (1893-1953)

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Adriano Panatta 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Stanislas Wawrinka 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Pancho Gonzales 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Pancho Gonzales Died at 67 (1928-1995)

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René Lacoste 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
René Lacoste Died at 92 (1904-1996)

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Janko Tipsarević 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Don Budge 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Don Budge Died at 85 (1915-2000)

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Pancho Segura 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Pancho Segura age 94

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Goran Ivanisevic 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Henri Cochet 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Henri Cochet Died at 86 (1901-1987)

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Marcelo Ríos 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Marcelo Ríos age 40

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Michael Chang 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Michael Chang age 43

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Michael Stich 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Michael Stich age 47

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William Renshaw 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
William Renshaw Died at 43 (1861-1904)

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Stan Smith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Stan Smith age 69

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Juan Carlos Ferrero 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era

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Petr Korda 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era
Petr Korda age 47

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Sergi Bruguera 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era