Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic tries to reach Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, tournament picks, best bets and more (2022)

Wimbledon begins Monday and the draw is out. Big names have withdrawn on both sides with previous champions Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep pulling out. Lisa Dillman and Eric Drobny discussed the major talking points and pick some favorites among the field for both the men and women.

“You could see that I have a love/hate relationship with grass.” – Iga Swiatek, who is all of us.

Eric: I attended Wimbledon as a fan in 2014 when I was living in London and covering international football. Traditional tennis culture has always rubbed me the wrong way, particularly at large events and I was worried it would feel stuffy. It’s quite the opposite. The tension and the competition are off the map. You can walk anywhere around the complex and watch doubles matches that will knock your socks off and of course Centre Court is on every sports fans’ bucket list. For the athletes, the balls come at warp speed, which means breaking the big servers is generally a lot more difficult than it is on clay or hard surfaces.

From a former coach: “Massive servers dominate and being a good returner is huge. Wimbledon usually means a good server is going to make it a little bit further than usual. A tall, lanky athlete can get away with a better stab at those otherwise impossible-to-handle serves.”

Bianca Andreescu concurs.

Andreescu: Key to grass is keeping it simple. “The ball is coming super, super fast, and you don't always have a lot of options to do…. I want to continue to work on moving forward, using my serve and moving my feet a lot since the balls are coming fast."

— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) June 22, 2021

And indeed everywhere you look, read and watch this week, players are zoning in on their comfort or lack of comfort with their serve. A big serve is the home run of tennis, isn’t it, Lisa?

Lisa: True, there is such a feel of a home run derby when the big servers are squaring off, firing on all cylinders at Wimbledon. It offers almost a video game feel to an old-school sport.

To refresh my memory, I looked up to see how many aces John Isner hit in his famous marathon win – an 8-hour, 11-minute match – against Nicolas Mahut in the first round at Wimbledon in 2010.

Isner hit 113 aces. But it shouldn’t be forgotten Mahut topped 100 himself, hitting 103 aces.

If you can serve a high volume of aces, it gives you that much more confidence at critical moments of a match. A big serve can help a player escape trouble time and time again.

But it can go the other way. If you are off on your serve, it can poison every other part of your game. Like you said, it’s little wonder that players are zoning in on such a key part of the game on the eve of Wimbledon, a tournament that they haven’t played since 2019. We’ve all seen players suffer a crisis of confidence with their serve.

Even the great ones aren’t immune.

Eric: The men’s and women’s singles games are polar opposites right now. As was the case at Roland Garros, we’re looking at a wide open field on the women’s side and all the usual suspects on the men’s side. We’re blessed with a bunch of newbies on the cusp of majors, just waiting for Novak Djokovic to slow down. He’s an absolute speeding train, however, and I’m expecting another run from him in Southwest London. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and more will be there to give him a run for his money. And of course eight-time champion Roger Federer, despite all his injuries and poor form, will be there dominating on grass. He’s listed at +900 right now. Let’s just say I ain’t sleeping on the big man.

I also expect Andrey Rublev to make a deep run as well as everyone’s favorite petulant teenager Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios is listed at a spicy 66-1. There is no way he’ll beat one of the bigger servers, but I think you might see him in the quarterfinals.

Wimbledon men’s singles odds

Odds

Novak Djokovic

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4-5

Daniil Medvedev

6-1

Stefanos Tsitsipas

8-1

Roger Federer

9-1

Matteo Berrettini

11-1

Alexander Zverev

16-1

Andrey Rublev

40-1

Denis Shapovalov

50-1

Marin Cilic

50-1

Jannik Sinner

66-1

Felix Auger-Aliassime

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66-1

Nick Kyrgios

66-1

For the women, to say it’s a coin flip obviously does a ton of the players in the top 20 injustice. But how can you not be intrigued by the prospects after Barbora Krejcikova, a +2800 longshot at Wimbledon, just won at Roland Garros? The day after she raised the trophy she said ‘Trust me you didn’t want to see how I was panicking before each match’ in Paris. Imagine Ashleigh Barty or Simona Halep or Serena Williams saying that. The Davids and the Goliaths stand on completely equal footing in the women’s game and it’s invigorating.

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Eric: Lisa! The draws are out! Simona Halep is out! Rafa Nadal is out! Dominic Thiem is out! What are your knee jerk reactions? Is Djokovic going to run away with the title and reach Fed and Nadal at 20 Grand Slam titles? Can Serena do the same? Will Barty live up to her No. 1 ranking and stay healthy? Who will be the last four left in men’s and women’s?

Lisa: Maybe it’s advancing age and feeling creaky after an afternoon of recreational tennis, but I’ve come to appreciate strategic scheduling by star players. If skipping Wimbledon and the Summer Olympics manages to extend the playing career of Rafael Nadal, then the long-term gain is well worth the short-term loss.

Instead of all the talk about the Big Three, the Wimbledon narrative will shift slightly to the Big Two, Djokovic and Federer.

So there will be a bit of something for everyone. Old names, newer names and two legends, Djokovic and Serena Williams chasing history.

Djokovic is listed as the tournament favorite at -125. But … the main reason I think that he will have to wait until the U.S. Open to tie Federer and Nadal at 20 Grand Slams is the all-too-short period between the French Open and Wimbledon. There is the often problematic transition from clay to grass. Furthermore, one less week than usual between the two Grand Slam events to get ready, and that is a big ask. Even for someone as versatile and fit as Djokovic.

I feel more confident about Serena winning a record-tying 24th Grand Slam than Barty’s ability to stay healthy this fortnight. Williams has reached the Wimbledon final the last four times she played the event, winning in 2015 and 2016 and finishing as runner-up in 2018 and 2019. I hear the words hip injury and cringe. Typically, it isn’t something that you associate with a quick recovery.

My final four on the men’s side: Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Federer. On the women’s side: Barty, Serena Williams, Sofia Kenin Petra Kvitova and Aryna Sabalenka.

Eric: This feels like the tournament that we might see Elina Svitolina or Andreescu or Victoria Azarenka break through against Barty or Serena. Okay I admit it – those are just some of my favorite players right now but I do believe in all of them and will be watching their runs closely.

I love Brit Johanna Konta on home grass. Unfortunately her draw is not especially favorable as she might see Barty in the third round. Johanna Konta-Coco Vandeweghe in the second round looks like it’s going to be a fun one.

Wimbledon women’s singles odds

Odds

Serena Williams

6-1

Ashleigh Barty

7-1

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Aryna Sabalenka

11-1

Petra Kvitova

14-1

Iga Swiatek

14-1

Garbine Muguruza

14-1

Coco Gauff

18-1

Bianca Andreescu

22-1

Barbora Krejcikova

28-1

Jelena Ostapenko

28-1

Ons Jabeur

28-1

Elena Rybakina

28-1

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Generally at Wimbledon, you’ll catch me betting the farm on the big servers. Serena Williams, Aryna Sabalenka (who took Halep’s No. 2 slot after she withdrew), American Jennifer Brady and my personal favorite and 2017 champ Garbine Muguruza are all big name servers to watch.

Elsewhere, I am super bummed that Sloane Stephens did not walk away with a kind draw. She faces Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the first round and sits at +400. Yikes!

Roger and Djokovic are on opposite sides of the draw so I’d put my money on that being your final. I remain a gigantic Tsitsipas homer and I can’t wait for his breakthrough. It’s going to happen this summer or next, and while his track record on grass isn’t great, I hope to see him in the semifinal against Djokovic. Tsitsipas does have to face Frances Tiafoe in the first round and is only -800. If Tiafoe gets a lucky break or two…

Let’s talk mental strength in tennis and how it affects players on the court. Naomi Osaka has obviously brought mental health to the forefront of conversations in the game, albeit from the perspective of off-the-court duties. How do you see mental fortitude, or the ability to focus at an extremely high level for up to five hours with almost no breaks, playing a role this week at Wimbledon?

Eric: We spend a lot of time talking about mental fortitude in individual sports like golf, tennis, swimming and gymnastics and there’s a reason for that. Play golf for 18 holes and you’ll see why it’s so hard to get to and stay at the top. Same in a tennis match. The average best-of-three match is about 90 minutes, while on the men’s side they average closer to three hours.

Keep your head on your shoulders. No rabbit ears. Stay strong between the ears. Use whatever trope you want – tennis is Grand Central Station for staying focused on your game and Wimbledon is easily tennis’ grandest stage. And yes, grass isn’t a particularly difficult surface to navigate but add in a whirlwind of a schedule that also includes the Olympics this year and you have the potential for a ton of additional mental and physical breakdowns.

Andy Murray said it best: “You go from being a 19-year-old playing in front of no people to all of a sudden playing at Wimbledon Centre Court and being commented on your personality and how you might look and how you might talk.”

Pressure’s on, Lisa!

Lisa: The international nature of professional tennis has meant navigating ever-changing rules and regulations related to COVID-19 imposed by different jurisdictions.

As you mentioned, the Olympics added another element to the equation. Players could find themselves traveling from London to tournaments in Europe or on grass in the United States (Newport, R.I.) to Tokyo for the Olympics and then to North America for hard-court events leading up to the U.S. Open.

In my mind, one of the most impressive feats in the sport in 2021 was Jennifer Brady managing to reach the final of the Australian Open despite a most unorthodox preparation, Brady had to go through a hard quarantine of 14 days before the Australian Open, unable to leave her hotel room to practice. You have to have incredible mental strength to deal with a period of isolation. Many players aren’t traveling with as big a support group, which also adds another level of stress and one more hurdle to overcome.

Eric: The pro tennis schedule (and life on post-COVID planet earth) has become so hazy that I had completely forgotten about Brady’s run. Every single Grand Slam event since 2008 feels like it happened both 20 years ago and yesterday. I wish my memory worked like it did when I was 17.

Coco Gauff is playing in her third grass tournament ever. Swiatek recently won her first match ever on grass. The only thing I can reasonably compare this to is rocking up at a links style golf course never having played a round on the coast. Then all of a sudden you’re dealing with 50mph winds at Kiawah and your mind is doing backflips. Am I off here? How are you expecting Coco, Iga and other relative newbies to perform at Wimbledon?

Lisa: I have to appreciate Swiatek’s honesty when she was talking about her love-hate relationship with grass. Long ago, there was a time (pre-Nadal) when the top male players from Spain preferred to skip the short grass-court season, going from clay courts to hard courts. Gauff may have played in only two grass tournaments, but one of them was Wimbledon in 2019, in which she defeated Venus Williams in straight sets and went on to reach the fourth round. I’m expecting Gauff and Swiatek to reach at least the second week of Wimbledon.

Eric: With Halep and Osaka both withdrawn, Coco might run into Serena in the fourth round. Mr. Burns ‘excellent’ dot GIF, anyone?

OK Lisa, I need to hear your take on Andy Murray. He’s 100-1 to win the tournament. I have a hard time handling the extreme nationalism that the crowds in Britain show him, but he and his family have done so much for the game. He hasn’t played at Wimbledon in four years and, at 34, has a metal hip. Thoughts?

Lisa: One of the stories I did shortly after joining The Athletic was on now-retired doubles star Bob Bryan, who had a hip resurfacing surgery in 2018 and returned to the circuit, playing well enough to resume winning titles with his twin Mike Bryan. Murray had a similar surgery in January of 2019.

All this background sets the stage for what will be an emotional return for Murray when he takes the court at Wimbledon for the first time since 2017 for his first-round match against Nikoloz Basilashvili. But Basilashvili, who is seeded 24th, is no slouch on grass considering he reached the semifinals at Halle earlier this month. Should Murray get past that first hurdle he would play the winner of a match between qualifier Oscar Otte or qualifier Arthur Rinderknech.

And if Murray puts together back-to-back wins, you can expect Andy Mania to reach a fever pitch at The Championships.

Any outside shots you’re interested in watching at Wimbledon?

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Eric: I know you mentioned him in our French Open Preview but I can’t stop thinking about the very tall and very promising American Reilly Opelka. He’s favored in his first match at -150, and a stupid (but typical) longshot at +10000 to win the tournament. I reached out to a former pro about Opelka’s game on grass. His answer: “He’s getting close to breaking through. He’s too much of a headcase to ever be legitimately elite, but he could crack the top 10. And you know his serve is going to be a problem on grass.”

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FAQs

Who is the best between Djokovic Nadal and Federer? ›

The trio have dominated men's singles tennis for nearly two decades, collectively winning 63 Grand Slam tournaments; Nadal with 22, Djokovic with 21, and Federer with 20 respectively. Collectively, they have won 12 US Open titles and 17 titles each at the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon Championships.

Who is better between Rafael Nadal and Djokovic? ›

Djokovic holds the record for the most Masters titles with 38, while Nadal is second with 36. Nadal has won 26 on clay and 10 on hard courts. Djokovic has won 27 on hard courts and 11 on clay and is the only player to have won all 9 Masters tournaments completing the Career Golden Masters, having done so twice.

Who will win more Grand Slams Nadal or Djokovic? ›

Federer currently has 20 Grand Slams. They will not be around forever of course; Nadal is 36, Federer 40 and Djokovic 35, and only the Serb would consider himself in perfect physical condition.

Who will win Wimbledon predictions? ›

Djokovic is the -350 favorite (risk $350 to win $100) in the latest Djokovic vs. Kyrgios odds from Caesars Sportsbook, with Kyrgios getting +290 (risk $100 to win $290) as the underdog. Caesars sets the over-under for total games at 39.5, with Djokovic favored by 4.5 games in the latest 2022 Wimbledon odds.

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Federer won 103 tour singles titles, Nadal has 92 and Djokovic 88. (For once, another player beats the triumvirate: Jimmy Connors, playing in a much different era, won 109 titles, something for those who want to make a very contrarian case for the best ever.)

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In terms of matches won, Novak Djokovic has the clear edge. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has 243 wins on the surface as compared to Federer's 226. The Serb has also lost 12 fewer matches than the Swiss (59 vs 71).

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1. Serena Williams. Arguably the all-time GOAT, Serena Williams currently holds 23 grand slam titles, second only to the great Margaret Court. Serena has shone both on the singles and doubles court, winning 14 grand slam doubles titles (all of which were alongside her sister Venus).

Why is Federer so good? ›

The Grip – His grip is a little more open than most and is not as extreme a western grip as Nadal or Djokovic. This is what allows him to hit a shot he pretty much invented, the top-spin half volley forehand from the baseline.

Why is Nadal unbeatable on clay? ›

Nadal's heavy topspin forehand – the most potent in the game - backed by his crushing, slightly flatter backhand, and his physical stamina make him particularly suited to clay.

Who has beaten Nadal the most? ›

A number of players have gone toe-to-toe with Nadal over the years, but nobody has challenged him quite like Novak Djokovic has. Statistically, the Serb has been Nadal's toughest opponent, having defeated him 30 times in 59 matches. That is way more than any other player has managed.

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Who has won the most Grand Slam titles? Rafael Nadal and Margaret Court currently hold the record for most Grand Slam titles in their respective singles fields.

Who will end with the most Grand Slams? ›

Rafael Nadal has conceded that Novak Djokovic is likely to close his career as the most successful men's Grand Slam singles tennis player of all time. The Spaniard is currently tied with Djokovic and Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles after the Serbian added three more to his tally in a remarkable 2021.

Who will win the Wimbledon 2022? ›

Wimbledon 2022, Novak Djokovic vs Nick Kyrgios Final Highlights: Novak Djokovic beat Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to win his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam title.

Will Federer play 2022 Wimbledon? ›

Wimbledon 2022: Why isn't Roger Federer participating in the tournament? The men's portion of Wimbledon will begin Monday with one very notable absence. Eight-time Wimbledon champ Roger Federer will not take part in the event. Federer, 40, is still recovering after undergoing knee surgery last year.

Who will win the men's Wimbledon 2022? ›

Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios in the final, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6 to win the gentlemen's singles tennis title at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. It was his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st major singles title overall.

Who has defeated Federer the most? ›

They played 17 matches at majors with Djokovic leading 11–6, five which were in finals and a record 11 in the semifinals. Djokovic is the only player to defeat Federer at all four majors, and likewise Federer is the only player to defeat Djokovic at each one.

Why is Rafa better than Federer? ›

Nadal leads on clay (14–2) and outdoor hard court (8–6), while Federer leads on grass (3–1) and indoor hard court (5–1). A total of 14 matches have been in majors with Nadal leading 10–4. Nadal leads 6–0 at the French Open and 3–1 at the Australian Open, while Federer leads 3–1 at Wimbledon.

Who is the goat tennis? ›

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal are synonymous with the acronym "G.O.A.T.", or "Greatest of All Time". These two players are in the elite inner circle of tennis, along with Pete Sampras, Rod Laver, and Bjorn Borg.

Why is Federer considered better than Djokovic? ›

Federer vs Djokovic: Who is the best in Grand Slams? Roger Federer won 20 Grand Slam titles, compared to Novak Djokovic's 17. Federer reached 31 Grand Slam finals, Djokovic 26. Federer is 20-11 in Majors finals, Djokovic is 17–9.

Who defeated Djokovic the most? ›

#1 Rafael Nadal (beat Novak Djokovic in 7 Masters and 5 Grand Slam finals)

Is Roger Federer the greatest tennis player of all time? ›

Roger Federer is 'certainly the greatest player of all time', says tennis federation chief after retirement announcement. The Swiss player spent a record 237 consecutive weeks at No 1 in the world rankings - 77 weeks longer than the Jimmy Connors streak in the 1970s. Ours is an era shaped by Federer.

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Who is No 1 football player in the world? ›

Lionel Messi

Who is the goat of tennis female? ›

Serena Williams

As one of the strongest and most powerful women to ever play the game, Serena Williams has certainly left her mark on tennis. Serena and her sister, Venus, have been a dominant force in women's tennis since the late 1990s. Together, they have won 14 Grand Slam Doubles titles.

Is Nadal the greatest of all time? ›

Comment: Why Nadal is the GOAT. Is Rafael Nadal the greatest of all time (GOAT)? He's got the numbers. With 22 men's Grand Slam titles, the Spaniard has won two more than his nearest rivals for the mantle of the greatest player — Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

Why is Federer's forehand so good? ›

One of the fundamental reasons that Federer has such a great forehand is simply that he has so much confidence hitting it. Although this may seem to be a simple point, in reality it is difficult to hit the forehand so loosely so consistently.

Why is Federer so good on grass? ›

Roger Federer has always said that he likes grass courts because there is a lot of variation in shots. The grass court is the fastest surface where the ball bounces very little, so the players have very little time to react. Players are unable to play defensively and that is Federer's strength.

Which is faster grass or clay court? ›

Grass is the polar opposite to clay in that it's the fastest surface in tennis. The slippery surface allows the ball the generate speed, and the softness of the grass means a lower bounce, keeping the ball close to the ground. Grass tennis courts favour big serves and players who like to play close to the net.

What is the hardest surface to play tennis on? ›

Tennis players who play well all around will have the advantage on a hard-concrete court. Play on a hard court is generally faster because there is little energy absorption by the court. Players can apply many types of spins during play and the ball tends to bounce high.

Why is Nadal such a good player? ›

Mentality. Rafael Nadal not only has the ability to dominate tennis, he also has the mentality to go with it. Tennis is often a game played as much in the head as on the court, and Nadal seems to have mastered the mental side of the game.

How many times has Rafa Nadal lost on clay? ›

He is 14–2 on clay and 7–9 off clay against them. In 2018, Nadal became the first player, male or female, to amass 450+ match wins on both hard and clay courts, with 511 and 474 wins respectively. His 500+ hard court wins rank him No.

Has Federer beaten Nadal on clay? ›

Federer thus broke Nadal's 81-match winning streak on clay and won his 13th Masters 1000 title. This remains the only time the Swiss has bageled the Spaniard on clay. Roger Federer's second and final win over Nadal on clay came in another final, this time at the Madrid Open in 2009.

Does anyone have a winning record against Nadal on clay? ›

Robin Soderling, who knocked Nadal out of Roland-Garros in four sets in the fourth round at Roland-Garros in 2009, was the first to defeat Nadal in a best-of-five contest on clay. Djokovic is the only man to own two wins over Nadal in a best-of-five match on clay, and at Roland-Garros.

Who has won all 4 grand slams in the same year? ›

Only five players in history have won all four Grand Slams in the same year, and the last to do it was Steffi Graf in 1988. The only men to achieve the feat are Don Budge (in 1938) and Rod Laver (in 1962 and 1969). The pressure on Djokovic at the US Open when he tries to complete the set for the year will be immense.

Who is the greatest woman tennis player of all time? ›

Serena Williams's status as the best ever is rock solid. I know that Margaret Court won 24 major singles titles and that Williams has won only 23 (Wimbledon and the Australian, French and United States opens are the four major tennis championships).

Who has won all 4 grand slams tennis? ›

Remarkably, only one player has completed the Golden Slam within a single calendar season. It is Germany's Steffi Graf. What is this? Graf achieved the Golden Slam by winning the 1988 Olympic gold medal, the 1988 Australian Open, the 1988 French Open, the 1988 Wimbledon Championships, and the 1988 US Open.

Is Nadal a goat? ›

Following Rafael Nadal's win at the 2022 French Open, Kafelnikov acknowledged the Spaniard's achievements in a tweet and claimed that he is now the GOAT.

How much is Rafa Nadal worth 2022? ›

Rafael Nadal's Net Worth is around $225 Million USD. Tennis is incomplete without the name of Mr. Rafael Nadal. He is also known as “Rafa” by his fans, who are innumerable in number.

Who has won more Grand Slams Serena or Venus? ›

The sisters renewed their grand slam rivalry in the Australian Open final. Serena won her seventh Australian Open title, and 23rd Grand Slam title overall, defeating Venus 6–4, 6–4. The win also allowed Serena to pass Steffi Graf's 22 grand slam singles titles.

Who is best tennis player of all time? ›

1. Serena Williams. Arguably the all-time GOAT, Serena Williams currently holds 23 grand slam titles, second only to the great Margaret Court. Serena has shone both on the singles and doubles court, winning 14 grand slam doubles titles (all of which were alongside her sister Venus).

Who are the big 4 in tennis? ›

This is a list of the combined career statistics of the Big Four, the four players who have dominated men's tennis in singles for the majority of the 21st century. The Big Four consists of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.

Who is the goat tennis? ›

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal are synonymous with the acronym "G.O.A.T.", or "Greatest of All Time". These two players are in the elite inner circle of tennis, along with Pete Sampras, Rod Laver, and Bjorn Borg.

Who has defeated Djokovic the most? ›

#1 Rafael Nadal (beat Novak Djokovic in 7 Masters and 5 Grand Slam finals)

Who is the most loved tennis player? ›

  • Roger Federer.
  • Rod Laver. image credit-www.google.com.
  • Pete Sampras. image credit-www.google.com.
  • Bjorn Borg. image credit-www.pinterest.com.
  • Ivan Lendl. image credit-www.google.com.
  • Jimmy Connors. image credit-www.google.com.
  • John McEnroe. image c redit-www.google.com.
  • Andre Agassi. image credit-time.com.

Who is the greatest footballer of all time? ›

#1 Lionel Messi (Argentina) - seven-time Ballon d'Or winner. The Copa America triumph cemented Lionel Messi's place as the greatest player of all time.

Who is No 1 football player in the world? ›

Lionel Messi

Who has won 3 Grand Slams in a year? ›

In the modern era, there have been three women and one man to win three consecutive Grand Slam events in a single calendar year. These players include Martina Navratilova (1984), Steffi Graf (1993, 1995, 1996), Serena Williams (2002) and Rafael Nadal (2010).

Who has won all 4 Grand Slams? ›

Combining the Grand Slam and the non-calendar-year Grand Slam, only eight singles players on 11 occasions achieved the feat of being the reigning champion of all four majors, three men (Don Budge, Rod Laver, Novak Djokovic) and five women (Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Serena ...

Who has won all 4 Grand Slams in the same year? ›

Only five players in history have won all four Grand Slams in the same year, and the last to do it was Steffi Graf in 1988. The only men to achieve the feat are Don Budge (in 1938) and Rod Laver (in 1962 and 1969). The pressure on Djokovic at the US Open when he tries to complete the set for the year will be immense.

Who is the goat of female tennis? ›

Serena Williams

As one of the strongest and most powerful women to ever play the game, Serena Williams has certainly left her mark on tennis. Serena and her sister, Venus, have been a dominant force in women's tennis since the late 1990s. Together, they have won 14 Grand Slam Doubles titles.

Who's the greatest female tennis player of all time? ›

Serena Williams's status as the best ever is rock solid. I know that Margaret Court won 24 major singles titles and that Williams has won only 23 (Wimbledon and the Australian, French and United States opens are the four major tennis championships).

Who has been number 1 in tennis the longest? ›

Roger Federer has the record of 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1. Novak Djokovic also holds the record for the most year-end No. 1 rankings, achieving the feat for seven years (including the pandemic-shortened season).

Has Andy Murray ever beaten Roger Federer? ›

Roger Federer and Andy Murray have played each other a total of 25 times with Federer currently leading the head to head 14 wins to Murray's 11 wins. Unlike many other young players, Andy Murray had early success playing against Federer as he won 6 out of their first 10 matches between 2005 and 2009.

Who is the best of the Big 3 tennis? ›

In terms of big titles – a trophy at a grand slam championship, the Nitto ATP Finals, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament or an Olympic singles gold medal – Djokovic leads the way with 64 after his triumph at Wimbledon in 2022.

Why is Nadal unbeatable on clay? ›

Nadal's heavy topspin forehand – the most potent in the game - backed by his crushing, slightly flatter backhand, and his physical stamina make him particularly suited to clay.

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