Men’s Tennis Greats of This Generation

By Shane R

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Novak Djokovic recently came out to reporters saying that Rafael Nadal was the greatest men’s player of all-time. This might have something to do with Djokovic getting beat down most times the two go head-to-head. Djokovic has also fared better against Roger Federer over the years. But, let’s take a look at the three tennis greats that are all from the same generation. They may end up being the very best the sport has ever seen.

Currently, Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal are the top-3 players in most Grand Slam singles titles ever. Talk about a good time to watch some tennis. Over the last two decades, the sport has been dominated by these three. If you look at the next three on the Grand Slam list, Pete Sampras played with little push-back from tennis foes, other than Andre Agassi. But, Roy Emerson and Rod Laver ended up winning 12 and 11 respectively and had to compete hard against one another.

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If we look at the totals of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, Federer outpaces the other two with more Wimbledon and U.S. Open championships. Nadal has 12 more French Open titles each compared to the other two. The Australian Open is where Djokovic has the edge. Currently, as it stands, Nadal is the greatest clay-court player ever, Federer is the most well-rounded of the three, but Djokovic is not far behind. No matter who you root for now is the time to appreciate these greats before they retire. You may never see tennis the same way again in your lifetime.