Tennis has been a very popular sport in global terms for a while now, and the 21st century has been no exception. Hundreds and thousands of players are competing in the top tiers of the tournaments that are played worldwide, and millions of fans are cheering for their favorites as they progress in the ATP ranking. We bring you the most successful tennis male players that have been at the very top for practically two decades.
5. Andy Roddick
This tennis player born in Omaha, Nebraska has actually been retired from ATP singles tournaments for almost 8 years now, and he retired from competing in the doubles in 2015. However, this American was holding the number 1 rank on the ATP list for 13 weeks. Interestingly, Andy Roddick actually has only one win in one of the major tournaments. That one came in 2003 when he won the US Open.
Roddick reached the finals of Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009, but always fell short of claiming the title in the All England Club. He was stopped four times in the semifinals of the Australian Open.
4. Andy Murray
This 32-year old tennis player that comes from Glasgow, Scotland, is currently only 84th on the ATP rankings. This, however, is not a result of his playing being bad, but due to injuries that kept him off the court for more extended periods. Andy Murray, however, was the number rank 1 in the world for 41 weeks, which is definitely not a small achievement.
Andy Murray had the most success on what could somewhat be considered his home turf, Wimbledon. He raised the winning trophy in both 2013 and 2016 and became the first British player to win multiple titles in the All England Club since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray also won the 2012 US Open and was a 6-time finalist in the Australian Open, never actually winning that tournament.
3. Novak Đoković
Nole, as the fans around the world call him, this Serbian tennis player definitely deserved his place on this list. Currently ranked as number two on the ATP list, very close behind Nadal, Đoković claimed the title of champion on 18 Grand Slam tournaments. Most of them come from the Australian Open, where he took all the glory for seven times. In Wimbledon, he was victorious five times, three wins came on the US Open and another one in Roland Garros when he beat Andy Murray in 2016.
He is one of only six players that have managed to claim three Grand Slam titles during a single season, a success that he achieved in both 2011 and 2015. Another record held by Novak Đoković is his four consecutive wins that happened in the ATP World Tour Finals.
2. Rafael Nadal
This Spanish tennis player, nicknamed Rafa, is not too far behind the great Roger Federer when it comes to numbers. He has won an impressive amount of 18 Grand Slam tournaments, and as much as twelve of those happened in Roland Garros. Rafa added another four wins at the US Open, two came at Wimbledon, and one more in the US Open tournament.
For ten years in succession, Rafael Nadal has won at least one Grand Slam tournament during a season and is currently ranked as number 1 at the ATP list. Rafa plays with his left hand and is probably the best player the world has ever seen when it comes to counter-attacking from impossible situations, making many unbelievable shots that always make the highlight reels around the globe.
1. Roger Federer
Without any kind of doubt, one of the most famous athletes in the world, and not only in the sphere of tennis is this Swiss master of the game, Roger Federer. Federer turned pro all the way back in 1998 and has been at the top of his game for the last 20-plus years. Known for his ever calming presence on the court and a spectacular one-hand backhand shot, he has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments, which is the current record in the male tennis world. Federer has also held rank 1 on the ATP list for a record-breaking 310 weeks.
His stats never stop to impress, as he claimed the title at the All England Club, better known as Wimbledon, eight times. A first win there came in 2002, and the last just 3 years ago. He has six titles on the Australian Open Grand Slam and another five on the US Open. However, he has won only one title on the French Open tournament, Roland Garros, where another player has been the one to take all the glory.