Originally Posted by batz
Henman is the man because slam performances trump everything and 6 slam semis are 50% more than his greatest rival for the accolade (Davy).
Before Murray won the USO, very few people argued that he had accomplished more than Delpo, because the big man had achieved more at grand slams than Murray had i.e. all those slam finals, masters series wins and other titles were trumped by Delpo's solitary better performance in the slams.
It follows therefore that Henman's better slam results trump anything that other players might have done away from the slams.
If Davy had matched Tim's slam record then his other achivements would swing things his way - but the fact is he made 50% fewer slam semis than Tim, QED Davy is not the best player never to make a slam final.
Murray was set for a similar path as Tim, being the best male tennis player never to win a major - a step above where Tim sits. It is good that Murray dug deep and won the US Open, putting himself further above Tim. Murray is quite possibly the best British male tennis player in the open era.