It doesn’t get bigger than Grand Slams for professional tennis players. It brings out the best in each player as the two week grueling contest helps many in attaining the legendary status. A lot of players crumble under pressure, while others cherish the spotlight to announce their arrival at the top level. From Bjorn Borg to Pete Sampras, Grand Slam success has always been the best possible route to achieve stardom. Let us look at the male players who have won the most singles Slam titles:
The Swiss maestro is arguably the greatest ever male player to grace the tennis courts. Federer is one of the few players who can make tennis look easy when they are on the court. With a flair for his groundstrokes, Roger was equally good with his forehand and backhand. His precisely accurate serves help him get out of tricky situations.
He was the first male player to reach 20 Grand Slam victories. Grass court has been his favourite venue with the Swiss star winning eight Wimbledon titles. He also has five US Open and six Australian Open trophies. Clay is the only court where he struggled to stamp his authority, winning only one French Open title. At 39, his hunger for success has not yet vanished.
No one has mastered the clay court like Nadal. The Spaniard has won 13 French Open titles and has not lost a single final at Roland Garros. When it comes to clay, the southpaw is at a different level, while other players struggle to find their feet in the surface. Notably, his 81 successive wins on clay is the longest single-surface win record in the Open Era.
Nadal has also completed a career Grand Slam. He has won two trophies in grass court with Wimbledon and five in hard court – four US Open trophies and one Australian Open title. As other players struggled to contain Federer’s sheer dominance, Nadal stepped up to be his worthy adversary.
The Serbian entered the arena when Federer and Nadal were on full throttle. With his grit and determination, Djokovic has turned the two horse race into a three way battle. Novak is a highly skillful player who has been a massive threat in all the surfaces. An aggressive baseline player, Djokovic’s powerful return of serve makes life extremely difficult for an opponent.
It’s the hardcourt where Djokovic has had most of his success. 12 of his 18 Grand Slam titles have come in hard court – nine Australian Open and three US Open titles. He also has five Wimbledon trophies, but like Federer has struggled to make a mark in French Open, winning only one Roland Garros trophy. At 33 years of age, Djokovic has the necessary skillset to top the all-time Grand Slam winners list before his retirement.