Tennis is a truly international sport, with great players from many different nations competing at tournaments across the globe to determine the best. The sport's preponderance of prestigious championships has allowed many different players to compile glittering records of achievements. But what matters most - major titles, peak form, contemporaneous competition, or something else entirely? And in consideration of it all, which player stands above the rest as the greatest to ever pick up a racquet?
Roger FedererShow moreShow less
The Swiss phenomenon set a standard that his rivals are still chasing.
Federer holds numerous records related to his consistent success and unparalleled longevity at a world-class level. No player has spent longer ranked as the world's best player than Federer, who has held that position for 310 total weeks in his career, including a record 237 consecutive weeks. At Grand Slam tournaments, Federer not only holds the record for most titles, with 20, but also holds the records for most title defenses, most total finals, most total and consecutive semifinals, most total and consecutive quarterfinals, most overall tournament appearances, most total matches played, and most match wins.