Of course this is not a new discussion, but after Rafael Nadal winning the US-Open, I am sure he changed the previous line-ups in many peoples opinions.
I also disagree with many others who put a lot of old names in the top 10. I don't think that 30 or 40 years ago the competition was nearly as tough as it is in today's men's tennis. Back in the 60's and 70's there were only a handful of professional players travelling around the world and tennis was an exclusive sport that only the rich people could afford. And not all of these players were training properly or even on a consistent basis. And I don't think that Roger Federer could afford to party the night before a match like Ilie Nastase. He would be beaten by a player outside the top 100 already. To put it in short words; back then they were players, today they are athletes.
Borg and Lendl were the ones who started to make tennis an athletic game and today every player is a highly trained athlete with a body-fat percentage of 10 % or less. Every player on the men's tour is 100% dedicated to his profession and faces thousands of players training as serious as they do.
That's why I don't think that we should compare players like Rod Laver, the 3 French Musketiers, Ken Rosewall, Ilie Nastase or Gillermo Vilas with today's modern athletes. And if we do so, we have to take in consideration, how much competition each generation of tennis players or athletes were facing.
So, here is my list of the 10 greatest Tennis Players of all time:
No. 9: Mats Wilander !
My no. 9 is Mats Wilander!
The Swede won 7 Grand Slam titles and the only one he did not win was Wimbledon.
He was 20 weeks the no. 1 player in the world and also won the Davis-Cup twice for Sweden.
He was not as flashy as Boris Becker, but he for sure was one of the classiest players of all times and one of the best baseliners in the business.
Today he is a commentator for EuroSport and a good golf player.
No. 10: Boris Becker !
Boris Becker is my No. 10, because he changed the game of tennis. His big serve, the blocked returns and his diving volley were new to the game and raised it to another level.
But most of all he deserves to be in the top 10, because his game was so exciting to watch. There was never a match he won easily. So many of his matches went to the 5th set and an emotional roller coaster for himself and his fans.
He still is the youngest Wimbledon Champion ever and won 6 Grand Slam titles in total. Only the French open were missing for him to complete a career Grand Slam.
He held the No. 1 ranking for only 12 weeks, but he was facing a lot of big players throughout his career.
Sampras, Agassi, Courier, Edberg, Lendl, Wilander and even Mc Enroe were all fighting with him for the big titles and no. 1 ranking. That's quite a competition.
He also won the Davis-Cup title twice for Germany.
In my ranking he left Edberg behind to make the top 10, but it is very close between the two.
Come back tomorrow to see who is no. 8 …
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