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Who are the greatest men's tennis players of all time? When you're talking about the best players over a period of decades in any sport, the list is probably going to be long, and highly debatable. This list includes some of the greatest male tennis players to ever step on the court. And yes, they include those who played pre-1968, though many listed here are among the greatest male tennis players of the open era (post-'68). Vote for the best, vote down any players you don't think deserve a spot up top and of course, feel free to rerank this list however you want. Any list of outstanding male tennis players should include names like Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Rafael Nadal and Björn Borg. Debate about who gets the number one spot might get heated, but all of us probably agree that the names listed here should be considered among the best, and in some cases, some of the greatest athletes of all time, regardless of sport. Now that you've perused this list of the greatest men's tennis players ever, why not vote for the ladies on this list of the greatest women's tennis players of all time, too?

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Roger Federer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Rod Laver 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Pete Sampras 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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John McEnroe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Roy Emerson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Stefan Edberg 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Ken Rosewall 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Ivan Lendl 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Björn Borg 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Lew Hoad 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Novak Djokovic 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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John Newcombe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Rafael Nadal 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Andre Agassi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Fred Perry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Jimmy Connors 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Boris Becker 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Arthur Ashe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Pancho Gonzales 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Manuel Santana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Bill Tilden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Pat Cash 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Ilie Năstase 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Mats Wilander 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Jack Kramer 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Andy Murray 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Patrick Rafter 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Gustavo Kuerten 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Tony Wilding 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Stanislas Wawrinka 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Johan Kriek 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Neale Fraser 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Don Budge 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Andy Roddick 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Vitas Gerulaitis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Guillermo Vilas 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Jim Courier 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Marat Safin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Goran Ivanišević 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time
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Lleyton Hewitt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Jack Crawford 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Richard Krajicek 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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René Lacoste 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Yannick Noah 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Bobby Riggs 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Nicola Pietrangeli 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Juan Martín del Potro 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Henri Cochet 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Michael Chang 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time

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Todd Woodbridge 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Men's Tennis Players of All Time