15 greatest players of all time

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  1. capriatifanatic

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    Who would you rate the 15 greatest women and men players in history at this point?

    Women-1)Navratilova, 2)Court, 3)Evert, 4)Lenglen, 5)Wills Moody, 6)Graf, 7)
    Connoly, 8 )King, 9)Seles, 10)Serena Williams, 11)Goolagong, 12)Bueno, 13)Hard, 14)DuPont, 15)Capriati

    That is how I would rate the women from 1st to 15th best.

    Men-1)Laver, 2)Borg, 3)Gonzalez, 4)Sampras, 5)Rosewall, 6)Tilden, 7)Federer, 8 )Budge, 9)Perry 10)Lendl, 11)McEnroe, 12)Agassi, 13)Connors,
    14)Kramer, 15)Wilander

    That is how I would rate the men from 1st to 15th best.

    I can already bet some of you wont like that I have Capriati in the top 15 but I really feel she belongs there.
     
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  2. The tennis guy

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    You lost all of your credibility by putting Capriati as No. 15. She got 3 slam titles, and never even finished the year as No. 1.
     
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    lol, putting Pete at 4 and Connors at 13 lost your credibility as well.
     
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  4. quest01

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    What has Capriati the player been up to lately, has she retired or what?
     
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  5. justineheninhoogenbandfan

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    Women-

    1)Evert
    2)Navratilova
    3)Graf
    4)Court
    5)Lenglen
    6)Wills Moody
    7)King
    8. Connoly
    9)Seles
    10)Goolagong
    11)Serena Williams
    12)Hart
    13)DuPont
    14)Bueno
    15)Venus Williams
    16)Gibson
    17)Fry
    18. Henin Hardenne
    19)Douglas Chambers
    20)Molla Mallorey

    Men-
    1)Gonzalez,
    2)Laver
    3)Sampras
    4)Borg
    5)Tilden
    6)Federer
    7)Budge
    8. Perry
    9)Rosewall
    10)Lendl
    11)Agassi
    12)Connors
    13)McEnroe
    14)Kramer
    15)Cochet
    16)LaCoste
    17)Newcombe
    18. Edberg
    19)Crawford
    20)Hoad
     
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  6. BigboyDan

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    Capriati is recovering/rehabbing from shoulder surgery - whether she can come back from that, who knows?
     
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  7. justineheninhoogenbandfan

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    Why I put Evert at #1-

    1)Winning atleast 1 Slam title every year for 13 years, longest streak by far of any women.

    2)Reaching the semis of 36 consecutive grand slam events, another record

    3)Her reaching the finals of 34 grand slam events, a record

    3)Her 125 match winning streak on clay, longest streak on any surface

    Normaly I would hold not winning more then 2 slams in any one year against her, but she did not play the Australia Open from 1975 to 1980 or the French Open from 1976 to 1978. It is unlikely she would have ever won the Grand Slam since the only year she did not lose in atleast one Grand Slam event was 1976 and beating Goolagong in two grass court finals in the same year(Wimbledon she did 8-6 in the 3rd, Australian Open was played on grass which Goolagong won and Evert did not play)would be unlikely, but she likely would have multiple 3 slam years.
     
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  8. TacoBellBorderBowl1946

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    Steffi and Navraltiova are better than Chrissie
     
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  9. justineheninhoogenbandfan

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    Maybe it is unfair to say but I feel the Seles stabbing taints Grafs career. Winning 10 out of 15 slams in a period directly after you won 2 of 9, after that rival who won 7 of 9 was stabbed in the back, I just have a hard time evaluating her the same way.
    That is why I would put Evert over here.

    Navratilova may be greater then Evert, I know most feel that way. Even though I rate Chris over, I know I am in the minority, and I would not tell the ones who rate Martina on top that they are wrong. My reasoning though is that I just like Evert's longevity and consistency over so many years alot. Not that Navratilova did not have that as well, heck she is playing high level doubles close to 50, and reached the Wimbledon singles final at 37. However even Navratilova was not one of the clearly two best female players in the World for 13 straight years like Evert was.
     
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  10. Mick

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    jack krammer once said "the best offensive player will always beat the best defensive player."

    A lot of the players on these lists are not "the best offensive players" :)
     
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    Yeah, well Tony Trabert once said "show me a pusher, and I'll show you a room full of trophies."

    ...at least, I think he did. I seem to recall reading that in a Tennis magazine sometime during the nineties. Maybe I'm wrong.
     
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    Man havn't laughed this much in a while... Capriati, Serena Williams... Yet no Hingis...???
     
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    i beg to differ. quite. they are numerous defensive players/counter punchers that can be a lot of offensive players. hewitt is a prime example of that, some people say that nadal is an offensive but i think he is a counter puncher as well. i guess im a lil bias because i am a counter puncher, and i can beat numerous players that have the andy roddick, james blake style. the go for broke kind.

    as for my top 15 players on all time, i think you got federer way too high. but i cant list them in order, here is my top 15, again not in order

    sampras, becker, agassi, borg, connors, lendl, ivanevic, federer, courier, mcenroe, wilander, laver, newcombe, perry, hewitt

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  14. dh003i

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    Hahahhahahaha, Hewitt in the top 15 of all time? That's a laugh. By no stretch of the imagination is he one of the greatest ever. Likewise with Ivanevic. LOL.
     
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    You also lost credibility in placing Graf at #7 where I firmly believe she belongs at #1 or #2 depending on if you want to include Doubles Titles.
    I'm curiious as what others have suggested but your list (and I don't mean to insult you) is constructed simply to instill argument. You are a JenCap fan granted but that doesn't justify her being in a conversation of the best ever.

    You should maybe instead ask the question, Top 15 Most Popular Players. Then I could accept what you've written. And to see Monica Seles at #9 is insane. Monica is clearly a solid #3 or #4 but certainly no lower than that.

    So when asking the question GOAT .. you need to establish a criteria for conclusion or this is just going to go on & on like always. Not like we haven't seen these questions on Forums before. They weren't agreed upon then and they certainly won't be agreed upon now.
     
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  16. justineheninhoogenbandfan

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    Why should Seles be as high as #3 or #4 on anyones list? She has 9 Grand Slam titles, tied for 8th all time. Granted she suffered the tragic stabbing, but if you were rating her so much higher then her wins merit based on "what would have been", you would not have Graf at #1 or #2 as you claim you would have. So I dont understand your logic at rating Seles #3 or #4 under any basis that would still have Graf at #1 or #2.
     
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    All you have done is reiterated my question & concerns about this question that can not be answered. First & Foremost a criteria needs to be established as to what constitutes GOAT. Once everyone agrees on that, then we can have this discussion. I have never nor will I ever talk about what Monica may have done if this or that. I can only judge by what was presented to me (The Facts).

    However, if you're talking about Greatest Player of All Times .. I would think that discussion has nothing to do with accomplishments but more so technical achievement and application. Or in other words, who played the best game.

    I place Steffi Graf high on the list because she dominated through three generations of Players starting with the Navratilova/Evert era onto Her generation of Sabatini/Seles/Sanchez then concluding into the Davenport/Hingis era before she hung it up winning her last Major in 1999 against Hingis and reaching the Finals against Davenport the same year.

    Once Graf got her feet firmly planted in this Sport, Navratilova was unable to beat her again. And Evert long before that lost her ability to control Graf's power being the victim of Graf's first title.
     
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    If i remember right, Martina was tied with Graf in head to head, and many matches Steffi won, were very close with Martina taking a set. That said, Steffi's best match ever probably was the 88 Wimbledon win over Martina, when Steffi broke clear in the 2nd and 3rd sets, even for once playing a rolled backhand.
     
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    Martina is easily over Steffi. Look at their head to head at the U.S Open to tell this. From 1986 onwards they played 4 times at the U.S Open and Navratilova went 3-1 vs Graf. Considering that Graf was 17 or older in all of these matches, and Navratilova was 29 or older for all of them, it makes it extremely clear Navratilova would have dominated Graf with both in their primes.
     
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    Graf already had won the Grand slam and the Olympics before Seles arrived, so please stop that debate, because you (on purpose?) start that same old song again. No one is arguing that Graf's 1993 slam were hollow, but she won almost every slam in 1995 and 1996 and her last grand slam at the age of a couple of days shy of 30, there she proved that she wouod have gained up on Seles any way, please, stop, Seles is a great player, so is Graf.
     
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  21. BluBarry

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    Actually a slight correction. Steffi leads their Head to Head 9-8 and although Martina does lead 3-1 at US Open matches, The only match in a Majors that Martina won after Steffi became so dominant was in 1991 which was a horrible year for Steffi given her father's trouble with having an affair and then being jailed for Tax Evation proved too much emotional trauma for Steffi to handle not to mention her skiing accident. Monica Seles became the dominant player that year by all standards.

    I would also include that the 1989 US Open was Steffi Graf's greatest defeat of Martina aside from their 88-89 meetings at Wimbledon which was Martina's best surface. The argument as to who was better Martina or Steffi will go on for ages and I personally lean towards Steffi. But again I fully understand a lot of that lends to whom you like better and you will color your decision accordingly.

    So for those that believe Martina was better, I give them their props because it really is a coin toss. My only observation is, Martina was not capable of handling the power as it grew in the Women's Game. Whereas, Steffi was able to not only handle it but thrive as always until she called it quits because her knees were reducing her ability to use her best weapon, her speed.
     
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    I am never about trying to insult or hurt a person's feeling but where in the World do you get this stuff? Are you just throwing crap out there to start a fight or something ? Because if that's the case, then I'll take your Post in stride, chuckle then move on. Ivan Lendl won the Lipton Internationals as a Walkover due to Tomas Muster getting hit by a car the night before the Finals. Therefore by your standards, that Title should be taken away from Lendl because he didn't earn it. I could go on & on, like maybe Mauresmo shouldn't have been given the Aussy Trophy until an actual match was played. This is Sports and regradless of why a person is or was not available to compete has nothing to do with the outcome. Who's to say that if Monica, Whom I adore, didn't get stabbed that Steffi wouldn't have beaten her anyway ? When Monica did come back full throttle and kicked everyone's butt in the Canadian Tuneups prior to the US Open and then breezed through the draw to meet Steffi in the Finals, I believe since I had a seat in the Player's Box that it was Steffi holding the Trophy.

    btw - Sampras played Michael Chang in the Men's Finals and had Michael won, he would have rose to #1 in the World.
     
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  23. thejuice

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    IMO, the sad thing about the whole Graf/Seles rivalry is that Monica Seles would have won more slams had she not been stabbed. I totally agree with BluBarry that Monica should be no lower than #4 because she and Graf totally dominated probably the best era in women's tennis. I'm not 100% sure but I think she dominated Graf on every surface other than grass. Of course "what ifs" don't count but I believe we can all assume she would have won at least another three or four slam titles had she not been stabbed. That would have put her at 12 to 13 titles that don't include Tier 1 events.

    Steffi should be clearly #1 to me because she was so dominant. She won 22 major titles (only two shy of Court) and she played during an era where they were all on different surfaces. I would go so far as to say she is in the top three all time players for both sexes. Let's get this clear, I am not a Steffi Graf fan. Whenever she played Seles I would ALWAYS cheer for Monica but you have to give her props for doing her thing consistently over the years.

    One last comment, I would rate Agassi in the top seven at least due to the fact that he won every major on a different surface (that is why he and Steffi were made for each other). No other man has ever done that and he needs his true credit for such a feat.
     
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  24. ATPballkid

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    great list but why is Sampras #4?
     
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    Graf was pretty good ... as far as women tennis players go. The
    problem with HER is twofold:

    1. She had 2 or 3 great years before losing her #1 ranking until a
    German fan of hers stabbed #1 Monica Seles in the back to reclaim any
    semblance of #1 again.

    2. Even with the stabbing of the red hot Monica Seles in the spring of
    1993, SHE STILL did not establish any significant all-time records in
    women's tennis other than the most U.S. Opens on hardcourts ... the
    most weeks ranked #1 on the WTA computer rankings ... and the one for
    having won each Slam 4 times (all of which would have, naturally, been
    less likely if Seles had not been been stabbed.

    Martina Navratilova is undeniably the greatest female tennis champion of all time.
     
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  26. Aykhan Mammadov

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    I have no intention to answer to post 1.

    It just shows that the author knows not so much about tennis.

    Wilander among 15 best in history ? Lendl whose hands were shaken against Cash in Wimby final. U are joking !!!

    Capriati is among greatest ? With 3 slams ? And where is great Hingis with 5 then? And if to take into account their head-to- head score where Hingis leads with 5:4, and taking into account 41 titles of Hingis against 14 of Capriati?

    U are JOKING !!!! This thread is not serious.
     
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  27. Sampras, Federer and Agassi

    No way should Laver be ahead of Sampras,Federer or Agassi. Have you seen highlights of his matches? Anyone who plays in an era wear players wore khakis cannot be the best ever. Right now you have to say 1)Sampras 2) Bjorg 3)Federer 4)Agassi 5)Lendl. Sure Laver won the Grand Slam twice but did he do it on every surface like Agassi?
     
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    Unlike some of her more exhuberant fans who appear to exist in perpetual denial, Graf is very much aware of the all too common perception within the tennis community, & without, of the symbiotic relationship between her ultimate success and the forcible removal of Monica Seles from the game.
     
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    My list-

    1)Navratilova
    2)Court
    3)Evert
    4)Lenglen
    5)Graf
    6)King
    7)Wills Moody
    8)Connoly
    9)Seles
    10)Serena Williams
    11)Bueno
    12)Goolagong
    13)Betz
    14)Marble
    15)Gibson


    1)Sampras
    2)Laver
    3)Borg
    4)Gonzalez
    5)Rosewall
    6)Federer
    7)Budge
    8)McEnroe
    9)Connors
    10)Tilden
    11)Lendl
    12)Perry
    13)Kramer
    14)Cochet
    15)Hoad
     
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  30. avmoghe

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    No it is not. It is up to the players to prove the degree of their greatness, not for fans to guess.

    The greatness of a player is based solely on their accomplishments, and the fact is that Monica Seles acheived what she acheived - no more, no less. She has failed to acheive more than Steffi Graf, and many other players in the sport. Why she failed, or what she would've acheived under different circumstances is completely irrelevant.

    Let me put this as concisely as possible : Even if the Seles stabbing was a conspiracy on part of the entire WTA and Hall of Famers to stop her from winning, Seles would still remain in the exact same spot in terms of all-time greatest players.

    Seles deserves credit for what she accomplished, and no one else deserves any "asterix" on their career for what Seles failed to accomplish. This is exactly why Laver gets credit for only two grand slams (or one if we're speaking of only open-era). Tempting as it may be, it is not up to us to guess what he would've accomplished had the rules not forbidden him to play the slams for several years. Nor does anyone else who won the grand slams while Laver wasn't allowed to play deserve any "asterix" in their list of accomplishments.


    To answer the original question of this thread, I rank:
    1.) Laver
    2.) Sampras
    3.) Borg
    4 - 15) Doesn't really matter, but I would guess Connors, McEnroe, Lendl, Agassi would be in there.

    I have left off Tilden, Gonzalez, etc since I don't know much about their careers.
     
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    Without commenting on your entire Post, you claim
    To some degree one would have to agree with that however in my personal estimation I extend that definition to also include the Intangibles such as the Players technical skills, ability to succeed on a variety of surfaces, tactical aptitude and consistancy. Taking note that you didn't claim how many Slam Titles a person needs to have in order to proclaim them as great.

    Ivan Lendl reached 8 consecutive US Open Finals from 1982 - 1989 winning three in a row 85-86-87. Also tallied a total of 94 Singles Titles during his reign.
    Match Record - 1070/238
    Held #1 Ranking for 270 weeks. And speaking of consistency,
    Austrailian Open - 3 Straight Finals
    French Open - 4 Straight Finals
    Wimbledon - 2 Straight Finals
    Us Open - 8 Straight Finals

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    Regarding the Master's Cup
    5 Winners 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987
    8 Finals 8 years in a Row
    11 Semifinals or better 11 years in a Row

    * But yet you place Borg above him when you distinctly proclaim accomplishments is your barameter to go by.
    Borg, as good or great as he was, never won the US Open or Austrailian Open.
    Held the Number One Ranking far less weeks then Lendl and other than Wimbledon, didn't have a consecutive record close to what Ivan had. *

    So my point is, in talking about the GOAT as countless Poster have discussed, fought about, yelled & screamed about, insulted over for as long as Tennis Forums were around, have NEVER been concluded in any sort of agreement.
    Why ? Because we see the Players we like differently than the next guy. When I started playing this game, Ivan Lendl was my first inspiration in attempting to copy a style. Then along comes Agassi and I liked the way he approached the game and I followed suit or tried to at least. And the fact that Andre is one of only five men that has won all four majors puts him in any conversation about the GOAT as I see it or spin it occuring to some.
    Of course Andre isn't but you get my point I'm sure.
     
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    There is some misunderstanding here. I'm not conclusively putting Borg above Lendl - that's up to each and every person here. Every person here has his/her own opinion on which acheivement is greater. For example, if a person values winning all four grand slams above a number of the grand slam titles, that person can easily place Agassi over Sampras.

    It is not my intention to argue that my list is the only valid one and everyone else's is wrong.



    The entire point of my post was to to prove that players get judged on their accomplishments - not on what they may have accomplished had circumstances been different.

    The entire top part of my post refers to why the Seles stabbing means absolutely nothing in terms of her greatness. Seles deserves credit for what she accomplished and nothing else, and Graf or anyone else deserves credit for everything they've accomplished themselves. The fact that Seles was stabbed does not in any way reduce the validity of other's accomplishments.
     
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    Borg won 4 straight French Opens between 78-81 and 3 straight Wimbledons, plus made the finals of the 81 Wimbledon. Yes, Borg never won the US. It was his one weak spot, just like Wimbledon was Lendl's. But Borg came far closer to winning his weakest Slam (4 finals) than Lendl did his (2 finals). Your point about Australia isn't valid because Borg never played it. In the late 70s-early 80s, the Australian wasn't very important, and ranked below several other tournaments like Dallas, Philly, and the Masters. Borg's accomplishments trump Lendl's.

    For that matter, so do Connors'. Connors owned Lendl until 84, when his age caught up to him and made it much harder for him to compete. Most of Lendl's wins over Connors came way past Connors' prime. Connors beat Lendl in the two most important matches they played, the US Open finals in 82-83.
     
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    If you take these players, in their prime, and have a tournament, players like Laver, Rosewall, Tilden, go out early. Laver couldn't crack the top 10 today---its just the evolution of the sport.
     
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    I'm going to assume you are young. First, while three of the Slams were on grass in Laver's era, the grass played quite differently in each venue, much like while the Australian and US currently are on hard courts, they play differently.

    Laver won 2 CALENDAR year Slams. That trumps Agassi winning each Slam at least once. I don't understand this focus on these boards on a "Career Slam." When did that become a yardstick? I remember Martina winning 6 straight Slams at one point; nobody made a big deal of a "Martina Slam" or a "Career Slam" then. It seems that people keep trying to reduce the yardstick of greatness, instead of setting something high for people to aspire to.
     
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    Oh Please ! There's way too much there to get into but I'm sorry to say Lendl's accomplishments out weigh Borg's imo. Even though we all know Borg was fantastic. So if you've followed my trend of thought within this Thread, you will notice that accomplishments don't necessarily solidify one Player over another. There are other factors you have to take in consideration in order to have a serious discuss about the GOAT.

    As for Seles, I firmly believe Monica would have done much more but given what the History Books tell us that's all I can go by. And I keep hearing how Seles Owned Graf but if any of you actually watch any of those matches as I did, you would have seen that Seles' wins over Graf almost always came down to a point here or there that made the difference. Like Monica's last victory over Steffi at the French where it went 8-6 in the 3rd. Monica broke Steffi's 6th game and I believe they had something like 4 deuces before Monica finally broke. Actually the only blowout between them was at Wimbledon and even though I was extremely happy for Steffi winning, I was equally disappointed in Monica's performance because she was just too good for that type of beating.
     
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    Btw - Lendl also had four straight French Finals and two straight Wimbledon's where the Grass wasn't his favorite surface as it was for Borg. And what do you mean by "Came closer to winning ?" Either you win or you lose (period)
     
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    Grass was Borg's favorite surface? That's not true. Just because he loved Wimbledon doesn't make it his favorite surface in terms of his skills and style of play. Borg was a clay court player by all standards. The fact that he dominated Wimbledon just showed how talented he was. In fact, I don't see how Borg's game was more suited to grass than Lendl's. Lendl was better suited to faster surfaces than Borg, yet Borg has the 5 Wimbledon titles.
     
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    Wasnt Lendl considered a choker in big matches from 82-84(his French Open final win was because Mac choked)? The 83 U.S Open final I have seen on tape and it was an epic meltdown from serving for the 3rd set, really ugly stuff.
     
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    I mean just that. Borg played 4 US finals, 76, 78. 80-81. the 76 final against Connors and 80 final against McEnroe were both very close, 4 sets and 5 sets respectively, and a point here or there could have tipped the match to Borg.

    Lendl played 2 Wimbeldon finals, but didn't win a set in either of them and wasn't particularly in the match.

    Further, Borg winning 3 straight French-Wimbledon combos, considering the small amount of time between the tournaments, trumps ANYTHING Lendl accomplished.
     
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  41. ACE of Hearts

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    Lendl was an all-court player.He had consistent results in the GSs, it just sucks that in 1987, a match in which he was favor, he lost too Pat Cash.
     
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  42. justineheninhoogenbandfan

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    Lendl is a great great player, but no way could he be rated over Borg. Lendl vs Connors and McEnroe is a tougher call though.
     
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  43. urban

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    Borg's 5 Wimbies remain the greatest enigma in tennis history. OK, he beefed up his first serve in 1976, and shortened his wide backswing, but he had no real volley with any deep slice, only popped the ball over the net, as to play with a ping-pong racket. Gerulaitis once said, that the bad volley worked better on grass than on hard, because of the uneven, low bounce. But Borg had grit and cool,steely nerves, an often underrated serve, and a bit of luck not to face real strong grasscourters like Newcombe, Ashe, Becker or Edberg. Tanner only had his first serve, Connors could play on grass, but better on hard, and Mac just arrived in 1978.
     
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  44. BluBarry

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    As for my list which I've never displayed, I place the following as I see it :

    1. Pete Sampras - Until Roger does surpass, Pete is still the King of Swing

    2. Ivan Lendl - Agree or Disagree I think the guy accomplished plenty

    3. Rod Laver - Too bad he was before things got organized but still impressive

    4. Bjorn Borg - Can't overlook what he brought to the Court and the eyes he opened.

    5. Roger Federer - Thought I forgot about him eh ? Obviously he will move up but for now I'm simply being conservative.

    6. Steffi Graf - Twenty Two Grand Slam Singles titles on her mantle and still holds the record for number of weeks at #1 (377 Weeks) on the WTA & ATP. She is the only singles player (male or female) to achieve a true Grand Slam across all three types of tennis courts; the other five true singles Grand Slams all occurred when the Australian and U.S. Opens were still played on grass.

    7. Martina Navratilova - In my book a baby step below Steffi and mind boggling amount of doubles titles. Plus Nine Wimbledon Singles (Awesome)

    8. Jimmy Connors - 8 Grand Slam Singles Titles and more ...

    9. John McEnroe - John leads Jimmy in Singles Matches 20 -14 but Jimmy has more titles overall.

    10. Chris Evert - 18 Grand Slam Singles titles tied with Martina N. Most wins on Clay than any other Player in History. If you read her Bio you'd think she was Tennis' Greatest Player of all.

    11. Margaret Court - Although she does possess 24 Slam Singles titles, the surfaces were very different in her day but none-the-less.

    12. Billy Jean King - 20 Wimbledon Titles - 39 Grand Slam Titles - one of only 8 Women to have won at least one of the Four Majors. Reach #1 Ranking five times in her career. On & On ....

    13. Ken Rosewall - won 18 Grand Slam titles, first 11 as an amateur, then 7 in the Open era, plus another 18 professional Grand Slam titles and was 5 times a finalist; winner of 3 consecutive Davis Cups; and #1 for 2 years.

    14. Andre Agassi - One of Five Players to have won all four Majors and the only one in the Open Era to have done so thus far.

    15. Monica Seles - 9 Grand Slam Singles Titles and rival to only Steffi Graf during her dominance. We all believe she would have done much more and deserves to be on anybody's list.
     
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  45. BluBarry

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    Are you smoking something ? What in the World is this information suppose to bring forth? Over-Rated according to whom ? If SI says it's so, then you believe it to be ? Do you not hold your own opinion on what is accurate or not ? Would you have posted that if it said Monica was Over-Rated ?
    And Over-Rated meaning exactly what ? That the facts of her accomplishments are not accurate ? Steffi Graf really didn't win a Grand Slam?
    Or maybe she really has 21 1/2 Grand Slam Titles ? Or her wins were because her opponents were given sleeping pills before the match? Come on Guy, that's just too crazy and means nothing at all. I don't give a crap about comments like that. You want to Post stats to compare, that's great but don't tell me what SI wants us to believe. Pretty soon they're gonna say Federer is Over-Rated and so was Agassi along with Borg, etc. And this is the same publication that had Steffi on the Cover 5 times.
     
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  46. superman1

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    Men: Federer, Sampras, Agassi, Laver, Borg, McEnroe, Connors, Lendl...

    Woman: Navratilova, Graf...and a bunch of others. Seles, King, Hingis, Serena, all those.
     
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  47. ATPballkid

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    You can't be SERIOUS. In 2005, Experts at Tennis Magazine ranked Sampras and NAVRATILOVA above Graf.

    The Great Martina Navratilova has earned a record 59 Grand Slam tournament crowns, including nine Wimbledon singles titles.

    To borrow a hockey analogy, Navratilova is both the Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe of her sport. Like Gretzky, who holds nearly every NHL scoring record, Navratilova has left her competitors in the dust in most significant career statistics. And like Howe, who competed into his 50s, she has turned upside down traditional notions of longevity. The net-charging lefty always transcended tennis. She brought a new athleticism and power to the game, forcing her rivals to take up weight training and off-court conditioning — a given for today's players.
     
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  48. BluBarry

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    Maybe - But this is MY list not yours or theirs. Or are you attempting to deny my opinion of whom I see/saw as the Greatest ?

    I've heard Chris make those statements, as did Tracy Austin and Mary Carillo.
    Each of them proclaimed how Monica was kicking butt on everybody but unfortunately, it still holds true the fact that if you pick up your Sports History Book and blow the dust off it, Steffi Graf has more accomplishments than Monica. Sad to say of course but NTL (none-the-less) the BOTTOMLINE is whatactually happened not what could or should have happened.

    At some point you have to bend to that understanding and move on.
     
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  49. Eviscerator

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    That sums it up for me.
     
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  50. Eviscerator

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    Do us all a favor in the future, and don't mix the men and women players together. You don't see this in any other sport that I can think of and it should not be in tennis either. None of the top 10 women could win against any of the top men, so why put them together? I think Tennis magazine did the sport, and the different genders a disservice by mixing them together as well.
     
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