The year’s final major is now less than a week away, and all eyes will be on the defending champions, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, to see if they can repeat in 2019.
In sports like tennis and golf, winning grand slams or majors is really what it’s all about.
So are the best tennis players of all time simply the ones who have won the most grand slams? Let’s find out…
5. Rod Laver
Did the grand slam twice which the other four above him were not able to do. However didn’t face the tests the modern players had to with true international competition. His 11 grand slams is a fine effort.
4. Novak Djokovic
What Djokovic has in his favor is a superior head to head record against his two greater rivals. A 26 to 24 lead over Federer and a 27 to 25 lead over Nasal has made him the dominant player of the decade.
After a tough 18 months, he came back well in the second half of 2018. Could rise up this table if he has the longevity of Federer.
3. Pete Sampras
Never has tennis seen a player who knew the precise moment to lift in any given match. Had the ability to just lift an extra five percent at crucial times of any given match.
Only 28 days after his 19th birthday he beat Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Andre Agassi to win his first US Open. Was unstoppable at Wimbledon in the 90s, winning seven grand slams on the grass in total.
2. Rafael Nadal
With a style as unique as it is effective, Nadal has been brilliant since coming into the sport as a 17-year-old.
He has combined heavy top spin with a big heart to adapt a clay court game to win on all surfaces.
His domination of Roger Federer up till 2015 (23-10) had him in serious consideration for greatest of all time.
Federer’s 2017 put that to bed, and Nadal has lost his last five to the Swiss to further let that rest.
However his 11 titles at the French may never be beaten, seeing him overtake Bjorn Borg as tennis’ greatest clay courter in the process.
1. Roger Federer
It will be interesting to see how long Federer plays for before pulling up stumps. Going by his 2019 Australian Open, he still has a bit to offer tennis.
He was beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas, who looks to have some talent despite his heavy loss to Nadal in the semi-final.
Federer is tennis’ greatest ever player. Not only does he sit above the rest with 20 Grand Slams, his graceful ground strokes and class has delighted tennis fans for two decades.
He may have finish runner up to Nadal at tennis’ greatest ever match, the 2008 Wimbledon final, but he finishes ahead of him as tennis greatest.
Well that wasn’t much fun was it – tennis greatest ever players are the ones who have won the most grand slams.
Can this order change over the next few years or will King Roger remain there for many years to come?