1. Björn Borg
Björn Rune Borg is a 65-year-old Swedish retired tennis player.
Regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Borg won four consecutive French Open titles and is one of two male players, along with Roger Federer, to appear in French Open and Wimbledon finals for four consecutive years and the only man to win both of them in three consecutive years. He also won three championships and 16 Grand Prix Super Series titles. Totally, he set numerous records that still stand.
2. Pete Sampras
Petros Pete Sampras is a 50-year-old American professional tennis player.
His professional tennis career kicked off thirty three years ago and ended nineteen years ago at the 2002 US Open, which he won, defeating longtime rival Andre Agassi in the final. Regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Sampras won 14 major singles titles during his career, which was an all-time record at the time of his retirement. Fourteen years ago, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
3. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is a 34-year-old Serbian professional tennis player.
Djokovic started his professional career eighteen years ago. At the age of 20, he broke Roger Federer's and Rafael Nadal's record of 11 simultaneous majors to win his first Grand Slam title at the 2008 Australian Open. Ten years ago, he was ranked world number one for the first time, winning three out of four major titles. He remained the best player in men's tennis for the rest of the decade, leading the tour in major and Masters' titles.
One of the greatest tennis players in history, Djokovic became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles at once and the only one in history to do so on three different surfaces. This year, he won the French Open and became the first man in the Open Era to achieve the career Grand Slam twice.
2. Rod Laver
Rodney George Laver is an 83-year-old Australian retired professional tennis player.
Considered as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Laver's 198 individual titles are the highest in the history of tennis. He won 11 Grand Slam singles titles, and is the only player to win a Grand Slam. He is second of three male players to win each major title twice.
1. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is a 40-year-old Swiss professional tennis player.
Widely considered as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Federer has played in an era where he dominated men's tennis together with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have been collectively referred to as the Big Three. A Wimbledon junior champion twenty three years ago, Federer won his first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in 2003 at the age of 21. Seventeen years ago, he won three out of the four major singles titles and the ATP Finals. From 2005 to 2010, Federer won his fifth consecutive titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open.
Although Federer remained in the top 3 through most of the 2010s, the success of Djokovic and Nadal in particular ended his dominance over grass and hard courts. Federer won a silver medal in singles from the 2012 London Olympics, where he finished runner-up to Andy Murray. After taking half a year off in late 2016 to recover from knee surgery, Federer had a renaissance at the majors. He won three more Grand Slam singles titles over the next two years, including the 2017 Australian Open over Nadal and a men's singles record eighth Wimbledon title later four years ago.
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