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Grand Slams: Top 10 men's singles players with most match wins

Published at :April 6, 2024 at 12:17 PM
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Ankhi Dutta


Andy Murray reached 200 mark at the US Open 2023

The world of tennis is replete with legends who have left an indelible mark on the sport’s history. Grand Slam tournaments, comprising of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, stand as the pinnacle of achievement in tennis.

Within this realm of elite competition, a select group of men’s singles players have managed to accumulate an impressive number of match wins, etching their names into the annals of tennis greatness. In this article, we take a closer look at the top 10 men’s singles players with the highest match wins in Grand Slams. From Roger Federer’s sheer elegance to Novak Djokovic’s relentless determination, these players have enthralled audiences with their remarkable feats on the global stage.

10. Stefan Edberg – 178 Wins

Stefan Edberg while playing a backhand shot (Courtesy: International Tennis of Fame)

Stefan Edberg’s graceful serve-and-volley approach redefined tennis aesthetics. His 178 match wins at Grand Slams along with six major titles cemented his status as a true luminary of the game. Edberg’s Grand Slam career stretched from 1983 to 1996 and saw him win the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open twice each.

He claimed his personal high tally – 56 match wins – at the Australian Open, playing the event at two different venues, although both his titles in Melbourne came on the grass courts at the Kooyong Stadium.

9. Andy Murray – 200 Wins

Andy Murray after winning his 200th Grand Slam match (Courtesy: The Independent)

Andy Murray’s 200 Grand Slam match wins, paired with three major titles, reflect his dogged determination. His US Open 2012 title triumph ended Great Britain’s 76-year Grand Slam drought.

The former World No.1’s exceptional counter-punching style and three Grand Slam titles, including two at Wimbledon, mark his significant impact on the game. He came into the 2023 US Open with a match-win percentage of greater than 75% in all four Grand Slams. Murray achieved the 200 match wins mark after defeating Corentin Moutet in three sets in the opening round of the US Open 2023.

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8. Pete Sampras – 203 Wins

Pete Sampras stretching sideways to play a forehand shot (Courtesy: Britannica)

Pete Sampras’ dominance in the 1990s solidified his status as one of the game’s legends. His 203 Grand Slam match wins underscore his status as one of the most successful serve-and-volley players in history. The American has 14 Grand Slam titles, including seven Wimbledon crowns reflecting his dominance.

The former World No.1 is often heralded as the finest example of going out on top in tennis as he ended his career with a US Open title win. He racked up 63 match wins at Wimbledon in just 70 matches to end his career with a 90% win rate at the Championships. On the other hand, he finished his home slam with 71 match wins.

7. Roy Emerson – 210 Wins

Roy Emerson during his playing days in 1960s (Courtesy: Tennis Australia)

With 12 Grand Slam titles and 210 match wins, Roy Emerson’s achievements in the 1960s remain awe-inspiring. His versatile playing style and adaptability across various surfaces set a benchmark for future generations. He won six Australian Open titles, two Wimbledon titles, two French Open and two US Open titles respectively.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the sport, Roy Emerson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1982.

6. Ivan Lendl – 222 Wins

Ivan Lendl switched over to playing for America in his final years of tennis (Courtesy: Tennis.com)

Ivan Lendl’s powerful baseline game and consistency allowed him to secure eight Grand Slam titles and 222 match wins. His strategic approach to the game paved the way for his remarkable achievements.

Overall, Lendl won 205 matches at Grand Slam tournaments, representing Czechoslovakia and 17 more after his defection to the United States. He racked up an impressive 73 match wins at the US Open, a tournament he won three times.

5. Andre Agassi – 224 Wins

Andre Agassi announced his retirement in 2006 (Courtesy: IMG Academy)

Andre Agassi’s 224 Grand Slam match wins epitomizes his evolution from a flamboyant youngster to a seasoned champion. Known for his powerful groundstrokes and philanthropic contributions off the court, Agassi’s eight Grand Slam titles are a testament to his enduring legacy.

He only lost a total of five matches in 53 outings in Melbourne and subsequently would gather higher match victories at Roland Garros and the US Open

4. Jimmy Connors – 233 Wins

Jimmy Connors enjoyed good success in his playing days (Courtesy: Sports Illustrated)

An embodiment of tenacity, Jimmy Connors’ 233 Grand Slam match wins reflect his gritty playing style. Connors’ remarkable longevity and aggressive baseline play earned him eight Grand Slam titles and a place in tennis history.

Before the emergence of the “Big Three” (Federer, Djokovic and Nadal), Jimmy Connors held impressive Grand Slam match wins tally that some thought was unbeatable.

3. Rafael Nadal – 314 Wins

Nadal has won a record 14 French Open titles (Courtesy: Olympics.com)

Rafael Nadal’s unyielding spirit and unparalleled prowess on clay courts have earned him a place among the all-time greats. His 314 Grand Slam match wins, complemented by his record-breaking 14 French Open victories, attest to his unmatched dominance on the red dirt.

His 97% win rate at Roland Garros would standout in any era, but considering the kind of opponents he came up against he is registered as the “King of Clay”.

2. Novak Djokovic – 365 Wins

Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the opening round match at US Open 2023 (Courtesy: Sky Sports)

Novak Djokovic’s 355 Grand Slam match wins testify to his relentless work-ethic and unparalleled mental strength. Renowned for his exceptional return game and agility on the court, Djokovic’s 23 Grand Slam titles cement his status as one of the “Big Three” and a true icon of the sport.

He claimed his 355th Grand Slam win in the first round of the US Open 2023. A title triumph at the ongoing US Open will see him get closer to 25 Grand Slam titles, surpassing Nadal by two.

1. Roger Federer – 369 Wins

Roger Federer holds the record for most Grand Slam wins in men’s singles (Courtesy: CBC)

What sets Switzerland’s Roger Federer apart is his exceptional adaptability across various court surfaces. From the grass of Wimbledon to the hard courts of the Australian and US Open’s, Federer’s game seamlessly transitions. His remarkable versatility allows him to maintain his level of play regardless of the challenges posed by different playing conditions.

Regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, Roger Federer’s graceful style and incredible consistency have earned him the top spot on this list. His 20 Grand Slam titles and 369 match wins are a testament to his enduring dominance across different surfaces.

Federer brought up his centuries at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, a feat not yet duplicated. His final Grand Slam match was his defeat to Matteo Berrettini at the 2021 edition of Wimbledon Championships.

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