Top 10 players with best record in Grand Slam finals in Men’s Singles
This list includes a few of the top tennis players of all time.
In tennis, a Grand Slam is a victory in all four major championships—Australia, France, the United Kingdom (Wimbledon), and the United States—in the same calendar period.
A team can complete the Grand Slam together in doubles, or a single player can top it with different partners. A “non-calendar-year Grand Slam” is defined as winning all four major championships consecutively but not within the same calendar year. A “Career Grand Slam” is defined as winning all four majors at any point during a career.
The world’s four largest annual professional tennis competitions are the Grand Slam tournaments, also known as majors. They have the most ranking points, cash prizes, media and public attention, the strongest and largest pitch, and the lengthiest matches for men.
According to the record books, some iconic figures in men’s tennis have the best winning percentage in the Grand Slam finals. Here are the top ten men’s singles players with the best Grand Slam finals record:
10 – Boris Becker: 6-4 W/L record
Boris Becker, a redhead phenomenon, illuminated 1985 and 1986 with Wimbledon victories at the improbable ages of 17 and 18. In 1985, the unranked German teenager defeated eighth-seeded Kevin Curren in the final, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
In the Grand Slam finals, the 55-year-old legend had a 60% chance of winning the competition at a 6:4 W/L record.
9 – John McEnroe: 7-4 W/L record
John McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles championships (four at the US Open and three at Wimbledon), nine Grand Slam men’s doubles championships (five at Wimbledon and four at the US Open), and one Grand Slam mixed doubles championship (at the French Open).
At a 7-4 W/L record, McEnroe has had a 63.6% winning shot at the Grand Slam finals in men’s singles contests.
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8 – Mats Wilander: 7-4 W/L record
Mats Wilander won seven major singles championships (three at the French Open, three at the Australian Open, and one at the US Open) and one significant men’s doubles championship (at Wimbledon). Along with John McEnroe, even Wilander has had a 63.6% of winning Grand Slam tournaments with a 7-4 Win/Loss record.
7 – Roger Federer: 20-11 W/L record
Roger Federer is widely regarded as one of the greatest male tennis players ever. The former World No. 1 has the second-most Grand Slam Singles titles in the historical record, and Federer also has a record eight Wimbledon singles titles and a combined five US Open titles to his name. Regarding the Grand Slam finals, he had a 64.5% winning chance with a 20 to 11 W/L record.
6 – Novak Djokovic: 22-11 W/L record
Novak Djokovic has 22 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, which ties him with Rafael Nadal for the most by a male player. He is the eighth and final male player to complete the Career Grand Slam in men’s singles.
The Serbian ranks at number 6 with a 66.7% chance of winning the Grand Slam tournament in the finals with an overall Win/Loss record of 22:11.
5 – Bjorn Borg: 11-5 W/L record
Bjorn Borg’s purposes set alone in a half-dozen all-time best tennis records. He scored 3 of his 11 big titles without dropping a set (1976 Wimbledon, 1978 French, 1980 French).
It includes 3 successive channel slams (French and Wimbledon) from 1978-80 and 14 major semifinal triumphs. He had a 68.8 winning percentage in Grand Slam finals in men’s singles based on an 11-5 W/L record.
4 – John Newcombe: 5-2 W/L record
John Newcombe has managed to win 26 Grand Slam singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles in sum (27 if his 1965 mixed doubles shared win is added). In the Grand Slam finals, the Australian player went 5-2 W/L record with a total percentage of 71.4.
3 – Rafael Nadal: 22-8 W/L record
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer share the record for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles. Throughout his career, the Spaniard has won 22 Grand Slam titles, including a record 14 French Open victories.
Aside from that, he has twice won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open four times. With a W/L record of 22-8, the current World No. 13 has a 73.3 winning shot in the Grand Slam finals.
2 – Pete Sampras: 14-4 W/L record
Sampras amassed 64 top-level singles titles, including 14 Grand Slams, 11 Super 9/ATP Masters Series/ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, five Tennis Masters Cup titles, and two doubles titles. The former world No. 1 tennis player had an overall 77.8% chance of winning the Grand Slam final tournament with a W/L record of 14-4.
1 – Rod Laver: 5-1 W/L record
Rod Laver won 11 Grand Slams, but his crowning achievement was winning the Calendar Grand Slam in 1962 and repeating the feat in 1969.
The Australian is the only player in the Open Era and the only player in history to have won the Calendar Grand Slam twice. The 84-year-old legend is ranked first in the finals of the Grand Slam competition, with an overall percentage of 83.3 and a 5-1 W/L record.
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