History UsefulNotes / Tennis

30th Oct '17 3:41:23 PM KYCubbie
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Of course, the official rankings aren't the whole story and it's important to keep in mind that Grand Slams aren't the only events that matter points-wise (in spite of what news coverage of them might imply), which means that it's perfectly possible for a player to not win a single Slam and still finish the year as No. 1 if the Slam points were really spread out among other players and the player performed exceptionally well in all other tournaments. Or for a player to win two Grand Slams and still not be ranked No. 1 if they didn't make it very far in the other Slams and skipped a lot of smaller tournaments. The Player of the Year awards given out at the end of the year are usually more indicative of the actual stand-out players in cases like these.

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Of course, the official rankings aren't the whole story and it's important to keep in mind that Grand Slams aren't the only events that matter points-wise (in spite of what news coverage of them might imply), which means that it's perfectly possible for a player to not win a single Slam and still finish the year as No. 1 if the Slam points were really spread out among other players and the player performed exceptionally well in all other tournaments. Or for a player to win two Grand Slams and still not be ranked No. 1 if they didn't make it very far in the other Slams and skipped a lot of smaller tournaments. For an example of how controversial this can be, see [[http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/21228180/does-simona-halep-deserve-year-end-no-1-do-wta-rankings-need-repair this article]] on the 2017 year-end WTA rankings. The Player of the Year awards given out at the end of the year are usually more indicative of the actual stand-out players in cases like these.



* '''Martina Hingis (Switzerland)''' 1994-2003, 2005, 2006-2007, 2013-present: Has held No. 1 for 209 weeks. Has won 5 singles Grand Slams, 13 doubles and 7 mixed doubles, and an Olympic silver medal in doubles with Timea Bacsinszky. The [[FanNickname Swiss Miss]][[note]] (though born in what is now Slovakia; she arrived in Switzerland when she was 7, after her mother fled the then-Czechoslovakia with her)[[/note]] is the youngest Grand Slam champion ever, winning her first ''doubles'' title at [[ImprobableAge just 15 years old]]. She is also the youngest ''singles'' champion of the Open Era, winning the her maiden Slam the next year at 16. In 1998 she achieved the Calendar Year Grand Slam in doubles. She was plagued by injuries at a young age, causing [[TenMinuteRetirement repeated retirement-return]] tangos. Her most recent retirement was in 2007, shortly after she [[DrugsAreBad received a 2-year ban for testing positive for cocaine]]. Since then she has been a regular player in World Team Tennis and in July 2013, she returned to the WTA tour in doubles and won her first Slam since ''2002'' with Leander Paes at the 2015 Australian Open.


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* '''Martina Hingis (Switzerland)''' 1994-2003, 2005, 2006-2007, 2013-2017: Held No. 1 for 209 weeks. Won 5 singles Grand Slams, 13 doubles and 7 mixed doubles, and an Olympic silver medal in doubles with Timea Bacsinszky. The [[FanNickname Swiss Miss]][[note]] (though born in what is now Slovakia; she arrived in Switzerland when she was 7, after her mother fled the then-Czechoslovakia with her)[[/note]] is the youngest Grand Slam champion ever, winning her first ''doubles'' title at [[ImprobableAge just 15 years old]]. She is also the youngest ''singles'' champion of the Open Era, winning the her maiden Slam the next year at 16. In 1998 she achieved the Calendar Year Grand Slam in doubles. She was plagued by injuries at a young age, causing [[TenMinuteRetirement repeated retirement-return]] tangos. Her third retirement was in 2007, shortly after she [[DrugsAreBad received a 2-year ban for testing positive for cocaine]]. During this retirement, she was a regular player in World Team Tennis and in July 2013, she returned to the WTA tour in doubles and won her first Slam since ''2002'' with Leander Paes at the 2015 Australian Open. Hingis went on to win 10 of her doubles Slams since her return, announcing her ''fourth'' retirement during the 2017 WTA Finals after having swept the doubles titles at the US Open. We'll see if this retirement sticks.
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* '''Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)''' 2011-present: Current No.1, beginning in September 2017. Has won 2 Grand Slams. Born in 1993, she is the youngest out of the active players to hold multiple Slams so far. She's made the impressive feat of being the first and only player to beat both Williams sisters in Slam finals -- Serena in the 2016 French Open final, and Venus in the 2017 Wimbledon final. Known for her powerful groundstrokes and high-risk attacking game.

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* '''Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)''' 2011-present: Current Has held No.1, beginning in September 2017.1 for four weeks. Has won 2 Grand Slams. Born in 1993, she is the youngest out of the active players to hold multiple Slams so far. She's made the impressive feat of being the first and only player to beat both Williams sisters in Slam finals -- Serena in the 2016 French Open final, and Venus in the 2017 Wimbledon final. Known for her powerful groundstrokes and high-risk attacking game.



** The "Lost Generation" is a fan-nickname for a group of male players a little younger than the Big Four who are usually ranked in the Top Ten and are clearly dangerous but have yet to capitalise on the big moments they've had in Grand Slams, generally comprising of Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin. All have pulled off big upsets and have at least made the Slam quarter-finals, with two having made the finals, but they've often struggled to follow up on these results by losing to lower-ranked players later on or quickly losing form and aren't able to consistently challenge the Big Four enough.
** Simona Halep, a WTA Top 10 regular and two-time French Open finalist with a career high of No. 2 and three Premier Mandatory titles to her name, has been in the unfortunate position of being in the running for the No. 1 ranking in numerous tournaments in 2017 and failing in all of them. This included the French Open final where she was up a break and a few games way from both winning the title and the ranking (twice!) before losing to the unseeded Jeļena Ostapenko, and her Wimbledon quarterfinal where she was two points away in the second-set tiebreak from winning the match and the ranking before falling to home favourite Johanna Konta in three sets.

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** The "Lost Generation" is a fan-nickname for a group of male players a little younger than the Big Four who are usually ranked in the Top Ten and are clearly dangerous but have yet to capitalise on the big moments they've had in Grand Slams, generally comprising of Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin. All have pulled off big upsets and have at least made the Slam quarter-finals, with two having made the finals, finals; but they've often struggled to follow up on these results by losing to lower-ranked players later on or quickly losing form form, and aren't able to consistently challenge the Big Four enough.
** Simona Halep, Halep is a WTA Top 10 regular and two-time French Open finalist with a career high of No. 2 and three Premier Mandatory titles to her name, but has been often questioned by her mental strength and whether she can overcome the pressure in the unfortunate position of being in big moments. This is highlighted by the running for numerous times she failed to get the No. 1 ranking ranking, which she finally got on her 6th try, in numerous tournaments in 2017 and failing in all of them. This 2017; this included the French Open final where she was up a break and a few games way from both winning the title and the ranking (twice!) before losing to the unseeded Jeļena Ostapenko, and her Wimbledon quarterfinal where she was two points away in the second-set tiebreak from winning the match and the ranking before falling to home favourite Johanna Konta in three sets.



** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: the [[CombatAestheticist graceful, traditional]], right-handed [[FragileSpeedster grass-courter]] vs the [[LightningBruiser raw power]] of the [[TheSouthpaw lefty]] clay-courter. So far they have played 37 times with Nadal winning 23, he is the only player ever to have a winning record over Federer with a difference of more than 3. Enjoying a close friendship off the court, their 2008 Wimbledon final (which broke Federer's almost record streak of 40 straight match wins there and ensured that he lost the no.1 ranking for the first time) is widely cited as the greatest match of the Open Era. Much excitement ensued when they met again for the 2017 Australian Open final (won by Federer), a nearly good six years after their last grand slam final.

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** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: the [[CombatAestheticist graceful, traditional]], right-handed [[FragileSpeedster grass-courter]] vs the [[LightningBruiser raw power]] of the [[TheSouthpaw lefty]] clay-courter. So far they have played 37 38 times with Nadal winning 23, he is the only player ever to have a winning record over Federer with a difference of more than 3. Enjoying a close friendship off the court, their 2008 Wimbledon final (which broke Federer's almost record streak of 40 straight match wins there and ensured that he lost the no.1 ranking for the first time) is widely cited as the greatest match of the Open Era. Much excitement ensued when they met again for the 2017 Australian Open final (won by Federer), a nearly good six years after their last grand slam final.
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* '''Rafael Nadal (Spain)''' 2001-present: Current No. 1, 141 weeks and counting. Also holds the record [[AlwaysSecondBest for the most weeks at No. 2]]. He has won 15 Grand Slams. One of only four people to achieve a singles Career Golden Slam, which entails winning all four Grand Slam championships ''and'' the Olympic gold medal. Known as the "King of Clay", he has won 10 French Open championships -- he's lost only ''two'' matches there, and is the first player to win 10 titles at a grand slam in the Open era. He also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Marc López.
* '''Juan Martín del Potro (Argentina)''' 2005-present: Has won 1 Grand Slam and two Olympic medals -- bronze and silver -- in singles. The only active player outside of the Big Four[[note]] Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray[[/note]] to have won a Grand Slam from the 2005 French Open through the 2013 US Open. Following his breakthrough Slam victory at the 2009 US Open, he spent most of the next year out with a [[GameBreakingInjury wrist injury]] and has been working his way back to Slam-threatening form ever since. He has been nicknamed the "Tower of Tandil" because of his 6'6'' frame and is also known as the "GentleGiant" of the tour for his soft-spoken disposition too.

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* '''Rafael Nadal (Spain)''' 2001-present: Current No. 1, 141 weeks and counting. Also holds the record [[AlwaysSecondBest for the most weeks at No. 2]]. He has won 15 16 Grand Slams. One of only four people to achieve a singles Career Golden Slam, which entails winning all four Grand Slam championships ''and'' the Olympic gold medal. Known as the "King of Clay", he has won 10 French Open championships -- he's lost only ''two'' matches there, and is the first player to win 10 titles at a grand slam in the Open era. He also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Marc López.
* '''Juan Martín del Potro (Argentina)''' 2005-present: Has won 1 Grand Slam and two Olympic medals -- bronze and silver -- in singles. The only active player outside of the Big Four[[note]] Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray[[/note]] to have won a Grand Slam from the 2005 French Open through the 2013 US Open. Following his breakthrough Slam victory at the 2009 US Open, he spent most of the next year out with a [[GameBreakingInjury wrist injury]] and has been working his way back to Slam-threatening form ever since. The first of only two men to have beaten both Federer and Nadal in the same Grand Slam tournament. He has been nicknamed the "Tower of Tandil" because of his 6'6'' frame and is also known as the "GentleGiant" of the tour for his soft-spoken disposition too.



* '''Martina Hingis (Switzerland)''' 1994-2003, 2005, 2006-2007, 2013-present: Has held No. 1 for 209 weeks. Has won 5 singles Grand Slams, 12 doubles and 3 mixed doubles, and an Olympic silver medal in doubles with Timea Bacsinszky. The [[FanNickname Swiss Miss]][[note]] (though born in what is now Slovakia; she arrived in Switzerland when she was 7, after her mother fled the then-Czechoslovakia with her)[[/note]] is the youngest Grand Slam champion ever, winning her first ''doubles'' title at [[ImprobableAge just 15 years old]]. She is also the youngest ''singles'' champion of the Open Era, winning the her maiden Slam the next year at 16. In 1998 she achieved the Calendar Year Grand Slam in doubles. She was plagued by injuries at a young age, causing [[TenMinuteRetirement repeated retirement-return]] tangos. Her most recent retirement was in 2007, shortly after she [[DrugsAreBad received a 2-year ban for testing positive for cocaine]]. Since then she has been a regular player in World Team Tennis and in July 2013, she returned to the WTA tour in doubles and won her first Slam since ''2002'' with Leander Paes at the 2015 Australian Open.

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* '''Martina Hingis (Switzerland)''' 1994-2003, 2005, 2006-2007, 2013-present: Has held No. 1 for 209 weeks. Has won 5 singles Grand Slams, 12 13 doubles and 3 7 mixed doubles, and an Olympic silver medal in doubles with Timea Bacsinszky. The [[FanNickname Swiss Miss]][[note]] (though born in what is now Slovakia; she arrived in Switzerland when she was 7, after her mother fled the then-Czechoslovakia with her)[[/note]] is the youngest Grand Slam champion ever, winning her first ''doubles'' title at [[ImprobableAge just 15 years old]]. She is also the youngest ''singles'' champion of the Open Era, winning the her maiden Slam the next year at 16. In 1998 she achieved the Calendar Year Grand Slam in doubles. She was plagued by injuries at a young age, causing [[TenMinuteRetirement repeated retirement-return]] tangos. Her most recent retirement was in 2007, shortly after she [[DrugsAreBad received a 2-year ban for testing positive for cocaine]]. Since then she has been a regular player in World Team Tennis and in July 2013, she returned to the WTA tour in doubles and won her first Slam since ''2002'' with Leander Paes at the 2015 Australian Open.



* '''Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)''' 2011-present: Has won 2 Grand Slams. Born in 1993, she is the youngest out of the active players to hold multiple Slams so far. She's made the impressive feat of being the first and only player to beat both Williams sisters in Slam finals -- Serena in the 2016 French Open final, and Venus in the 2017 Wimbledon final. Known for her powerful groundstrokes and high-risk attacking game.

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* '''Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)''' 2011-present: Current No.1, beginning in September 2017. Has won 2 Grand Slams. Born in 1993, she is the youngest out of the active players to hold multiple Slams so far. She's made the impressive feat of being the first and only player to beat both Williams sisters in Slam finals -- Serena in the 2016 French Open final, and Venus in the 2017 Wimbledon final. Known for her powerful groundstrokes and high-risk attacking game.



* '''Serena Williams (USA)''' 1995-present: Has held No. 1 for 319 weeks. Has won an Open Era record 23 singles Grand Slams, as well as 13 doubles and 2 mixed doubles. She has achieved the Career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles (her doubles partner being her sister Venus), winning the Olympic gold in doubles 3 times. Is also the only female tennis player to earn over $40 million, the oldest female No. 1 tennis player, ''and'' the oldest tennis player overall to win a singles Slam. On top of that, while Serena is yet to win a calendar-year Grand Slam, she has held all four Grand Slam singles trophies at the same time twice. Needless to say, she is the other person frequently cited as the greatest tennis player of all time. Took a maternity leave in April 2017, with her first child due in September, and will not return until 2018. If you do the math, that means she won the 2017 Australian Open ''while {{pregnant|Badass}}''.

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* '''Serena Williams (USA)''' 1995-present: Has held No. 1 for 319 weeks. Has won an Open Era record 23 singles Grand Slams, as well as 13 doubles and 2 mixed doubles. She has achieved the Career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles (her doubles partner being her sister Venus), winning the Olympic gold in doubles 3 times. Is also the only female tennis player to earn over $40 million, the oldest female No. 1 tennis player, ''and'' the oldest tennis player overall to win a singles Slam. On top of that, while Serena is yet to win a calendar-year Grand Slam, she has held all four Grand Slam singles trophies at the same time twice. Needless to say, she is the other person frequently cited as the greatest tennis player of all time. Took a maternity leave in April 2017, with her first child due born in September, and will not return until 2018. If you do the math, that means she won the 2017 Australian Open ''while {{pregnant|Badass}}''.



* '''Billie Jean King (USA)''' 1968-1983: Won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She completed the Triple Crown three times. In 1973, she won the second (and possibly most famous) "Battle of the Sexes", a three-set promotional match against former Wimbledon men's singles champion Bobby Riggs. Long an advocate for women's equality in sport and society, she was the founder of the Women's Tennis Association, the Women's Sports Foundation, and owner of World Team Tennis, which was founded by her former husband, Larry King and three others. The complex that hosts the US Open is named after her.

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* '''Billie Jean King (USA)''' 1968-1983: Won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She completed the Triple Crown three times. In 1973, she won the second (and possibly most famous) "Battle of the Sexes", Sexes" (which was adapted into a movie in 2017), a three-set promotional match against former Wimbledon men's singles champion Bobby Riggs. Long an advocate for women's equality in sport and society, she was the founder of the Women's Tennis Association, the Women's Sports Foundation, and owner of World Team Tennis, which was founded by her former husband, Larry King and three others. The complex that hosts the US Open is named after her.



* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Prior to the 2009 French Open, Robin Söderling had never made it past the third round of a Slam, and his fourth-round opponent in this particular Slam happened to be Rafael "King of Clay" Nadal who 1) was riding a record undefeated streak of 31 wins at the French Open, 2) had broken Roger Federer's own record streak of 237 weeks as World No. 1 just last year, and 3) had soundly beaten Söderling in all of their previous encounters. The result of the encounter? A four-set win for ''Söderling''. To put things into perspective, ever since then, Nadal's only lost one other proper match at Roland Garros to Djokovic in 2015[[note]]due to injury he lost via a walkover in 2016[[/note]], showing that he really is impressive on clay as well as the the French Open itself.

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*** Amongst the various favourites for the 2017 US Open (including eight women fighting for the No. 1 ranking) was the young World No. 83 Sloane Stephens, who had reached one Slam semifinal and quarterfinal in the past but was sidelined by a foot injury until July that year, lost her opening Wimbledon match, and dropped to No. 957 a month before the tournament began. Her surprise semifinal appearances in Montreal and Cincinatti turned out to be no fluke, however, and she lead an inspiring run to win the whole tournament, including a win over Venus Williams in the semis. She became the fifth unseeded woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era as well as the first non-Williams American winner since Jennifer Capriati in 2002.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Prior to the 2009 French Open, Robin Söderling had never made it past the third round of a Slam, and his fourth-round opponent in this particular Slam happened to be Rafael "King of Clay" Nadal who 1) was riding a record undefeated streak of 31 wins at the French Open, 2) had broken Roger Federer's own record streak of 237 weeks as World No. 1 just last year, and 3) had soundly beaten Söderling in all of their previous encounters. The result of the encounter? A four-set win for ''Söderling''. To put things into perspective, ever since then, Nadal's only lost one other proper match at Roland Garros to Djokovic in 2015[[note]]due to injury he lost via a walkover in 2016[[/note]], 2016[[/note]] and has achieved the "La Decima", showing that he really is impressive on clay as well as the the French Open itself.



** The "Lost Generation" is a fan-nickname for a group of male players a little younger than the Big Four who are usually ranked in the Top Ten and are clearly dangerous but have yet to capitalise on the big moments they've had in Grand Slams, generally comprising of Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin. All have pulled off big upsets and have at least made the Slam quarter-finals, with two having made the finals, but they've often struggled to follow up on these results by losing to lower-ranked players later on or quickly losing form and aren't able to consistently challenge the Big Four enough.
** Simona Halep, a WTA Top 10 regular and two-time French Open finalist with a career high of No. 2 and three Premier Mandatory titles to her name, has been in the unfortunate position of being in the running for the No. 1 ranking in numerous tournaments in 2017 and failing in all of them. This included the French Open final where she was up a break and a few games way from both winning the title and the ranking (twice!) before losing to the unseeded Jeļena Ostapenko, and her Wimbledon quarterfinal where she was two points away in the second-set tiebreak from winning the match and the ranking before falling to home favourite Johanna Konta in three sets.



** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have experienced a much publicised bromance for the best part of a decade. They have reached the point of [[PortmanteauCoupleName couple nicknames]] (Fedal) and FanFiction. The pair often inadvertently encourage such things in interviews and charity matches.

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** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have experienced a much publicised bromance for the best part of a decade. They have reached the point of [[PortmanteauCoupleName couple nicknames]] (Fedal) and FanFiction. The pair often inadvertently encourage such things in interviews and charity matches. Nadal's first response to 2017 US Open press conference questions asking about what he liked and admired about Federer was, "I don't want to look like I gonna be his boyfriend, no?"



** The ATP 2017 season became notorious for taking out no less than ''four'' top players and ending their seasons early due to persistent injuries -- Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori.



* HesBack: Roger Federer's 2017 season as of mid-July is marked by a remarkable resurgence. He won the Australian Open against Nadal, and then won Wimbledon without dropping a set. While he forwent the clay court season to preserve his longevity in the game, his grass and hard court results have shown that, despite being 35 and one of the older high-ranking players, he's experiencing some of a later in life renaissance after a period of physical decline and diminishing returns.
* HeroKiller: Young and/or players ranked outside the top 30, who score a signature win over a top 10-er or two are often dubbed "Giant Killers". Robin Söderling gained this reputation and became the DesignatedVillain of the ATP tour (at least until he fell victim to mononucleosis) after he handed Rafael Nadal his first-ever defeat at the French Open in 2009 and then broke Roger Federer's streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances at the following year's French Open.

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* HesBack: Any time a top-ranked has to go on a break due to injury or otherwise and manages to go back to their winning ways afterward.
** Kim Clijsters initially retired despite having been World No. 1 and winning a Grand Slam, but decided to return to the WTA circuit after two years of break (which included the birth of her daughter). ''Barely a few tournaments after her return'' she won the US Open as a wildcard and went on to win two more Slams as well as return to No. 1.
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Roger Federer's 2017 season as of mid-July is marked by a remarkable resurgence. He won the Australian Open against Nadal, Nadal and then won Wimbledon without dropping a set.set, with his lone Slam loss coming at the hands of a resurgent Del Potro at the US Open. While he forwent the clay court season to preserve his longevity in the game, his grass and hard court results have shown that, despite being 35 and one of the older high-ranking players, he's experiencing some of a later in life renaissance after a period of physical decline and diminishing returns.
** Rafael Nadal had somewhat lacklustre results following his 2014 French Open and succumbed to health issues, including a wrist injury that affected most of his 2016 season. He's since then has won two Grand Slams in 2017 (his 10th French Open and, his first hard court title since 2014, the US Open) and made the Australian Open final, along with a bunch of other clay court titles and a return to the No. 1 ranking.
* HeroKiller: Young and/or players ranked outside the top 30, lower-ranked players, who score a signature win over a top 10-er or two two, gain this reputation and are often dubbed "Giant Killers". Killers".
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Robin Söderling gained this reputation and became the DesignatedVillain of the ATP tour (at least until he fell victim to mononucleosis) after he handed Rafael Nadal his first-ever defeat at the French Open in 2009 and then broke Roger Federer's streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinal appearances at the following year's French Open.Open.
** Sam Querrey, generally ranked between 20 and 30 and previously have never reached the quarterfinals, has become well-known for sending out the defending Wimbledon champion and World No. 1 in two consecutive years - Novak Djokovic in 2016 (who was also on a 30 Slam match winning streak) and Andy Murray in 2017.


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** Angelique Kerber looked like the next big threat on the WTA Tour following a successful first nine months of 2016, highlighted by three grand slam finals (two which she won), a silver medal in the Olympics and the No. 1 ranking. The next 12 months that followed however were rather disastrous, with many early round exits including losing in the first round in ''two'' Slams, one of them while she was No. 1. She only made it to the fourth round in the two other Slams, and she lost the two smaller tournament finals she got to reach.
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* '''Rafael Nadal (Spain)''' 2001-present: Current No. 1, 141 weeks and counting. Also holds the record [[AlwaysSecondBest for the most weeks at No. 2]]. He has won 15 Grand Slams. One of only four people to achieve a singles Career Golden Slam, which entails winning all four Grand Slam championships ''and'' the Olympic gold medal. Known as the "King of Clay", he has won 10 French Open championships -- he's lost only ''two'' matches there, and is the first player to win 10 titles at a grand slam in the Open era . He also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Marc Lopez.

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* '''Rafael Nadal (Spain)''' 2001-present: Current No. 1, 141 weeks and counting. Also holds the record [[AlwaysSecondBest for the most weeks at No. 2]]. He has won 15 Grand Slams. One of only four people to achieve a singles Career Golden Slam, which entails winning all four Grand Slam championships ''and'' the Olympic gold medal. Known as the "King of Clay", he has won 10 French Open championships -- he's lost only ''two'' matches there, and is the first player to win 10 titles at a grand slam in the Open era . era. He also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Marc Lopez.López.
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* '''Andy Murray (UK)''' 2005-present: Current No. 1, beginning in November 2016. Has won 3 Grand Slams. In his earlier years, he was constantly known as "the best tennis player to never win a Grand Slam" because he did well enough in Slams to reach four finals yet wasn't able to win any of them. However, he eventually broke a 76-year national hoodoo in 2012 by becoming the first male Brit to win a major -- the US Open -- since Fred Perry in 1936; and then broke a similar national drought the very next year by becoming the first male Brit to win {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} since -- you guessed it -- Fred Perry in 1936, and then won it the second time in 2016. He's won not only one Olympic silver medal in mixed doubles, but ''two'' back-to-back gold medals in singles, making him the first tennis player to win two singles gold medals in a row. He also led Great Britain to a Davis Cup title in 2015, breaking a 79-year drought in that event. [[RunningGag Guess who was Britain's leading player back then...]]
* '''Rafael Nadal (Spain)''' 2001-present: Has held No. 1 for 141 weeks, and also holds the record [[AlwaysSecondBest for the most weeks at No. 2]]. He has won 15 Grand Slams. One of only four people to achieve a singles Career Golden Slam, which entails winning all four Grand Slam championships ''and'' the Olympic gold medal. Known as the "King of Clay", he has won 10 French Open championships -- he's lost only ''two'' matches there, and is the first player to win 10 titles at a grand slam in the Open era . He also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Marc Lopez.

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* '''Andy Murray (UK)''' 2005-present: Current Has held No. 1, beginning in November 2016. Has 1 for 41 weeks and won 3 Grand Slams. In his earlier years, he was constantly known as "the best tennis player to never win a Grand Slam" because he did well enough in Slams to reach four finals yet wasn't able to win any of them. However, he eventually broke a 76-year national hoodoo in 2012 by becoming the first male Brit to win a major -- the US Open -- since Fred Perry in 1936; and then broke a similar national drought the very next year by becoming the first male Brit to win {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} since -- you guessed it -- Fred Perry in 1936, and then won it the second time in 2016. He's won not only one Olympic silver medal in mixed doubles, but ''two'' back-to-back gold medals in singles, making him the first tennis player to win two singles gold medals in a row. He also led Great Britain to a Davis Cup title in 2015, breaking a 79-year drought in that event. [[RunningGag Guess who was Britain's leading player back then...]]
* '''Rafael Nadal (Spain)''' 2001-present: Has held Current No. 1 for 1, 141 weeks, weeks and also counting. Also holds the record [[AlwaysSecondBest for the most weeks at No. 2]]. He has won 15 Grand Slams. One of only four people to achieve a singles Career Golden Slam, which entails winning all four Grand Slam championships ''and'' the Olympic gold medal. Known as the "King of Clay", he has won 10 French Open championships -- he's lost only ''two'' matches there, and is the first player to win 10 titles at a grand slam in the Open era . He also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Marc Lopez.



* '''Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)''' 2011-present: Has won 2 Grand Slams. Born in 1993, she is the youngest out of the active players to hold multiple Slams so far. She's made the impressive feat of being the first player to beat both Williams sisters in Slam finals -- Serena in the 2016 French Open final, and Venus in the 2017 Wimbledon final. Known for her powerful groundstrokes and high-risk attacking game.

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* '''Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)''' 2011-present: Has won 2 Grand Slams. Born in 1993, she is the youngest out of the active players to hold multiple Slams so far. She's made the impressive feat of being the first and only player to beat both Williams sisters in Slam finals -- Serena in the 2016 French Open final, and Venus in the 2017 Wimbledon final. Known for her powerful groundstrokes and high-risk attacking game.



*** The 2015 US Open women's semifinal had Serena Williams (who won the last 4 slams and was pursuing the Calendar Year Grand Slam) facing No. 43 Roberta Vinci and World No. 2 Simona Halep (French Open finalist last year) facing No. 26 Flavia Pennetta. Both of the underdogs made it to the final, which especially shocked those who were expecting Williams to complete the Grand Slam. Flavia Pennetta was the one to emerge victorious in the all-Italian final.

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*** The 2015 US Open women's semifinal had Serena Williams (who won the last 4 slams and was pursuing the Calendar Year Grand Slam) facing No. 43 Roberta Vinci and World No. 2 Simona Halep (French Open finalist last year) facing No. 26 Flavia Pennetta. Both of the underdogs made it to the final, which especially shocked those who were expecting Williams to complete the Grand Slam. with Flavia Pennetta was being the one to emerge victorious in the all-Italian final.



** Many successful players found it difficult to handle the pressure of winning slams at first, making some HilariousInHindsight scenarios: both Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer were subject to speculation that they were talents who couldn't pull off the big wins; Novak Djokovic was saddled with a reputation of mentally cracking under pressure after he followed up his maiden Grand Slam title in 2008 with a string of disappointing performances and numerous claims of being too fatigued to play well, gaining the the one-slam status and "Choke-ovic" nickname; Andy Murray was infamous for losing his first couple of grand slam finals and only shook this image by winning his first major title in 2012, something his predecessor Tim Henman could never manage; and Stan Wawrinka, despite his raw power, had a lack of self-confidence combined with an aggressive high-risk high-reward playing style which lead to many early-round Slam losses, before hiring Magnus Norman helped him to become the first non-Big-Four player since Hewitt to win multiple slams.

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** Many successful players found it difficult to handle the pressure of winning slams at first, making some HilariousInHindsight scenarios: both Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer were subject to speculation that they were talents who couldn't pull off the big wins; Novak Djokovic was saddled with a reputation of mentally cracking under pressure after he followed up his maiden Grand Slam title in 2008 with a string of disappointing performances and numerous claims of being too fatigued to play well, gaining the the one-slam status and "Choke-ovic" nickname; Andy Murray was infamous for losing his first couple of grand slam finals and only shook this image by winning his first major title in 2012, something his predecessor Tim Henman could never manage; and Stan Wawrinka, despite his raw power, had a lack of self-confidence combined with an aggressive high-risk high-reward playing style which lead to many early-round Slam losses, before hiring Magnus Norman helped him to become the first non-Big-Four player since Hewitt to win multiple slams.



** As mentioned below, John [=McEnroe=] to this day enjoys a strong friendship with Björn Borg, made all the more remarkable by how many players he alienated and had problems with on court.
** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have experienced a much publicised bromance for the best part of a decade. They have reached the point of [[PortmanteauCoupleName couple nicknames]] ([[http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/fedal Fedal]]) and FanFiction. The pair often inadvertently encourage such things in interviews and charity matches.

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** As mentioned below, John [=McEnroe=] to this day enjoys a strong friendship with Björn Borg, made all the more remarkable by how many players he alienated and had problems with on court.
** Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have experienced a much publicised bromance for the best part of a decade. They have reached the point of [[PortmanteauCoupleName couple nicknames]] ([[http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/fedal Fedal]]) (Fedal) and FanFiction. The pair often inadvertently encourage such things in interviews and charity matches.


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** In the 2017 French Open quarter-finals, Simona Halep was a set and ''5-1'' down against Elina Svitolina, making her defeat seem inevitable. Miraculously, Halep was able to win five straight games -- leaving Svitolina unable to serve for the match twice -- and saved a match point in the second-set tiebreak. She ended up winning the second and third sets to eventually reach the final once more.


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** Novak Djokovic, an otherwise successful player, has gone through this period ''twice''.
*** He was saddled with a reputation of mentally cracking under pressure after he followed up his maiden Grand Slam title in 2008 with a string of disappointing performances and numerous claims of being too fatigued to play well, gaining the the one-slam status and "Choke-ovic" nickname.
*** His dominance really shined over 2015-2016 where he completed the Grand Slam and became the first man to hold all four Slams since Rod Laver by winning the 2016 French Open, leading to many people marvelling about how much more he could achieve. Fast-forward to 2017 Wimbledon -- where he left the tournament with no more Slam titles ever since. Though he won two small tournaments in that period, his performances in other tournaments were a big slip from previous ones and saw him lose his No. 1 ranking. Ending his 2017 season early due to injury, this has left many to wonder how physically and mentally drained he's become.
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* '''{{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}}''' (early July in London): ''The'' Grand Slam that most people think of first when tennis is mentioned. It uses grass courts that favor attackers due to their speed and low bounce giving players less time to return big serves and volleys[[note]]balls hit before they bounce, typically close to the net[[/note]] hit by their opponents, although the courts have been slowed down recently to encourage longer rallies. [[StronglyWordedLetter At least twenty complaints are printed every year]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks about this "slowing-down".]] Also known for its all-white dress code, no matches on the middle Sunday of the two-week tournament, and rain showers delaying play, although a roof installed in 2009 on Centre Court has mitigated the latter (with plans for additional roofed courts in the works). Roger Federer, who has won a record-tying 7 trophies here, has been dubbed Wimbledon's "Favorite Son".

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* '''{{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}}''' (early July in London): ''The'' Grand Slam that most people think of first when tennis is mentioned. It uses grass courts that favor attackers due to their speed and low bounce giving players less time to return big serves and volleys[[note]]balls hit before they bounce, typically close to the net[[/note]] hit by their opponents, although the courts have been slowed down recently to encourage longer rallies. [[StronglyWordedLetter At least twenty complaints are printed every year]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks about this "slowing-down".]] Also known for its all-white dress code, no matches on the middle Sunday of the two-week tournament, and rain showers delaying play, although a roof installed in 2009 on Centre Court has mitigated the latter (with plans for additional roofed courts in the works). Roger Federer, who has won a record-tying 7 men's record of 8 trophies here, has been dubbed Wimbledon's "Favorite Son".
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* He's Back: Roger Federer's 2017 season as of mid-July is marked by a remarkable resurgence. He won the Australian Open against Nadal, and then won Wimbledon without dropping a set. While he forwent the clay court season to preserve his longevity in the game, his grass and hard court results have shown that, despite being 35 and one of the older high-ranking players, he's experiencing some of a later in life renaissance after a period of physical decline and diminishing returns.

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* He's Back: HesBack: Roger Federer's 2017 season as of mid-July is marked by a remarkable resurgence. He won the Australian Open against Nadal, and then won Wimbledon without dropping a set. While he forwent the clay court season to preserve his longevity in the game, his grass and hard court results have shown that, despite being 35 and one of the older high-ranking players, he's experiencing some of a later in life renaissance after a period of physical decline and diminishing returns.
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* He's Back: Roger Federer's 2017 season as of mid-July is marked by a remarkable resurgence. He won the Australian Open against Nadal, and then won Wimbledon without dropping a set. While he forwent the clay court season to preserve his longevity in the game, his grass and hard court results have shown that, despite being 35 and one of the older high-ranking players, he's experiencing some of a later in life renaissance after a period of physical decline and diminishing returns.
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* '''Pete Sampras (USA)''' 1988-2002: Held No. 1 for 286 weeks. Won 14 Grand Slams. These were both records until Roger Federer stole his thunder. However, he still has the record for being ranked World No. 1 for the most years in a row, with six under his belt. Widely regarded as one of the greatest grass-courters of all time, holding a joint record seven {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} titles ([[RunningGag with Federer]]) and losing only one match there from 1993 to 2000.

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* '''Pete Sampras (USA)''' 1988-2002: Held No. 1 for 286 weeks. Won 14 Grand Slams. These were both records until Roger Federer stole his thunder. However, he still has the record for being ranked World No. 1 for the most years in a row, with six under his belt. Widely regarded as one of the greatest grass-courters of all time, holding what used to be a joint record seven {{UsefulNotes/Wimbledon}} titles ([[RunningGag with Federer]]) until Federer won his 8th]]) and losing only one match there from 1993 to 2000.



* CurbStompBattle: Any match won in straight sets with any combination of 6-0's to 6-2's are considered one-sided thrashings. In particular are two scores players dread being the receiving end of - the double bagel (6-0 6-0) and the double breadstick (6-1 6-1) (worst when it's the best of five sets in men's tennis and players get ''triple'' bagels or breadsticks). Natalia Zvereva was the receiving end of one such brutal match when she lost to Steffi Graff 6-0, 6-0 in 32 minutes in the 1988 French Open final.

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* CurbStompBattle: Any match won in straight sets with any combination of 6-0's to 6-2's 6-3's are considered one-sided thrashings. In particular are two scores players dread being the receiving end of - the double bagel (6-0 6-0) and the double breadstick (6-1 6-1) (worst when it's the best of five sets in men's tennis and players get ''triple'' bagels or breadsticks). Natalia Zvereva was the receiving end of one such brutal match when she lost to Steffi Graff 6-0, 6-0 in 32 minutes in the 1988 French Open final.



** Serena Williams has dominated the women's game since the late 1990s, with some other players having made their mark too. Despite that, unexpected winners have also come from the women's side:
*** In the women's 2011 US Open final, the two opponents were Serena Williams, who had won 13 Grand Slams and the US Open 3 times and had breezed through the earlier rounds without dropping a single set, and Samantha Stosur who had never won a Slam before and had a reputation for choking under pressure. The winner? Stosur, in straight sets no less.
*** In the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, defending champion and World No. 1 Serena Williams was considered to be such an overwhelming favorite that virtually everyone was coronating her before the tournament had even started. Everyone also agreed that if Serena ''did'' lose for some reason, either No. 2 Victoria Azarenka or No. 3 Maria Sharapova, her two closest rivals, would be the one lifting the trophy instead. The actual women's champion? Marion Bartoli, who entered the tournament as an all-but-invisible 15th seed and ended up winning the whole thing without dropping a set.
*** The 2015 US Open women's semifinal had World No. 1 Serena Williams (who won the last 4 slams and was pursuing the Calendar Year Grand Slam) facing No. 43 Roberta Vinci and World No. 2 Simona Halep (French Open finalist last year) facing No. 26 Flavia Pennetta. Both of the underdogs made it to the final, which especially shocked those who were expecting Williams to complete the Grand Slam. Flavia Pennetta was the one to emerge victorious in the all-Italian final.

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** Serena Williams Williams, the World No. 1 most of the time and having won an Open era record of 23 slams, has dominated the women's game since the late 1990s, with some other players having made their mark too. Despite that, unexpected winners have also come from the women's side:
*** In the women's 2011 US Open final, the two opponents were Serena Williams, who had won 13 Grand Slams and the US Open 3 times and had breezed through the earlier rounds without dropping a single set, and Samantha Stosur who had never won a Slam before and had a reputation for choking under pressure. The winner? Stosur, in straight sets no less.
*** In the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, defending champion and World No. 1 Serena Williams was considered to be such an overwhelming favorite that virtually everyone was coronating her before the tournament had even started. Everyone also agreed that if Serena ''did'' lose for some reason, either No. 2 Victoria Azarenka or No. 3 Maria Sharapova, her two closest rivals, would be the one lifting the trophy instead. The actual women's champion? Marion Bartoli, who entered the tournament as an all-but-invisible 15th seed and ended up winning the whole thing without dropping a set.
*** The 2015 US Open women's semifinal had World No. 1 Serena Williams (who won the last 4 slams and was pursuing the Calendar Year Grand Slam) facing No. 43 Roberta Vinci and World No. 2 Simona Halep (French Open finalist last year) facing No. 26 Flavia Pennetta. Both of the underdogs made it to the final, which especially shocked those who were expecting Williams to complete the Grand Slam. Flavia Pennetta was the one to emerge victorious in the all-Italian final.



** Gabriela Sabatini won only one Grand Slam in spite of reaching the semifinals or better at eighteen Slams, partly due to Graf and Seles hogging the majors during her career and partly due to her tendency to fall apart in big matches; she infamously lost the 1991 Wimbledon final to Graf in spite of coming within two points from victory and serving for the match twice.
** Marat Safin was seen as a huge talent with real potential, but he only managed two Grand Slams, and in their early careers both Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer were subject to speculation that they were talents who couldn't pull off the big wins.
** As recently as mid-2010, Novak Djokovic was saddled with a reputation of mentally cracking under pressure after he followed up his maiden Grand Slam title in 2008 with a string of disappointing performances and numerous claims of being too fatigued to play well. Many people called him "Choke-ovic" and thought he was destined to go down in history as just a one-slam wonder who failed to live up to his promise of challenging the Federer-Nadal duopoly. Not quite as HilariousInHindsight as Federer's case, but pretty close.
** Andy Murray was infamous for losing his first couple of grand slam finals and only shook this image by winning his first major title in 2012 - something his predecessor Tim Henman could never manage, earning him the status of TropeCodifier in Britain.

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** Gabriela Sabatini won only one Grand Slam in spite of reaching Many successful players found it difficult to handle the semifinals or better pressure of winning slams at eighteen Slams, partly due to Graf and Seles hogging the majors during her career and partly due to her tendency to fall apart in big matches; she infamously lost the 1991 Wimbledon final to Graf in spite of coming within two points from victory and serving for the match twice.
** Marat Safin was seen as a huge talent with real potential, but he only managed two Grand Slams, and in their early careers
first, making some HilariousInHindsight scenarios: both Ivan Lendl and Roger Federer were subject to speculation that they were talents who couldn't pull off the big wins.
** As recently as mid-2010,
wins; Novak Djokovic was saddled with a reputation of mentally cracking under pressure after he followed up his maiden Grand Slam title in 2008 with a string of disappointing performances and numerous claims of being too fatigued to play well. Many people called him well, gaining the the one-slam status and "Choke-ovic" and thought he was destined to go down in history as just a one-slam wonder who failed to live up to his promise of challenging the Federer-Nadal duopoly. Not quite as HilariousInHindsight as Federer's case, but pretty close.
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nickname; Andy Murray was infamous for losing his first couple of grand slam finals and only shook this image by winning his first major title in 2012 - 2012, something his predecessor Tim Henman could never manage, earning manage; and Stan Wawrinka, despite his raw power, had a lack of self-confidence combined with an aggressive high-risk high-reward playing style which lead to many early-round Slam losses, before hiring Magnus Norman helped him to become the status of TropeCodifier in Britain.first non-Big-Four player since Hewitt to win multiple slams.



** In the same vein as Tsonga, Stan Wawrinka had a lot of raw talent, but a lack of self-confidence combined with an aggressive high-risk high-reward playing style meant that he often went out in the early rounds of big tournaments. However, hiring Magnus Norman as a coach in 2013 has appeared to rectify most of the problems with the mental aspect of his game, leading to a late-career renaissance - although his playing style ensures that he is still more mercurial than his contemporaries in the Big Four, he has since won multiple grand slams, making him the first non-big-4 male player to do so since Hewitt.



** Sabine Lisicki is a perennial quarterfinalist or better at Wimbledon and you can always count on her to take out a favourite or two[[note]]Serena Williams, Sharapova, Radwanska, Li[[/note]] before losing to someone who should on paper pose far less of a challenge[[note]]Kerber, Bartoli[[/note]].

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** Sabine Lisicki is a perennial quarterfinalist or better at Wimbledon and you can always count on her to take out a favourite or two[[note]]Serena Williams, Sharapova, Radwanska, Li[[/note]] two (such as knocking out the French Open champion for ''four'' years straight) before losing to someone who should on paper pose far less of a challenge[[note]]Kerber, Bartoli[[/note]].challenge.


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** Gabriela Sabatini won only one Grand Slam in spite of reaching the semifinals or better at eighteen Slams, partly due to Graf and Seles hogging the majors during her career and partly due to her tendency to fall apart in big matches; she infamously lost the 1991 Wimbledon final to Graf in spite of coming within two points from victory and serving for the match twice.
** Marat Safin was seen as a huge talent with real potential, but he only managed two Grand Slams.
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* '''Roger Federer (Switzerland)''' 1998-present: Has held No. 1 for 302 weeks (longer than any other ATP player) and won an Open Era ATP record of 18 Grand Slams including a record-tying 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open and 5 Australian Open titles (and 1 French Open, but that's not a record). Also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Stan Wawrinka (below) and a silver in singles. Is often cited as the greatest tennis player of all time. If one were to look up ATP tennis records on Wiki/TheOtherWiki, [[TheAce one would find his name on 90%]].[[note]]Unless we're talking doubles records, in which case one would find the Bryans' names on about 99.9%.[[/note]] During his 2012 Wimbledon run he [[SerialEscalation broke a record in every match he played]] after the second round.

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* '''Roger Federer (Switzerland)''' 1998-present: Has held No. 1 for 302 weeks (longer than any other ATP player) and won an Open Era ATP record of 18 19 Grand Slams Slams, including a record-tying 7 record 8 Wimbledon, 5 US Open and 5 Australian Open titles (and 1 French Open, but that's not a record). Also has an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles with Stan Wawrinka (below) and a silver in singles. Is often cited as the greatest tennis player of all time. If one were to look up ATP tennis records on Wiki/TheOtherWiki, [[TheAce one would find his name on 90%]].[[note]]Unless we're talking doubles records, in which case one would find the Bryans' names on about 99.9%.[[/note]] During his 2012 Wimbledon run he [[SerialEscalation broke a record in every match he played]] after the second round.



* '''Angelique Kerber (Germany)''' 2003-present: Current No. 1, 27 weeks and counting. Has won 2 Grand Slams and an Olympic silver medal in singles. She made her first breakthrough as a 2011 US Open semi-finalist at a mere world ranking of 92; however her biggest achievements came rolling in 2016, starting with a surprise appearance and victory over Serena Williams in the Australian Open final. Later her US Open win made her the first woman to win multiple singles grand slams in the same year other than Serena since Justine Henin in 2007. A southpaw tennis player (but is otherwise right-handed), she's known for her aggressive counterpunching.

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* '''Angelique Kerber (Germany)''' 2003-present: Current Has held No. 1, 27 weeks and counting.1 for 34 weeks. Has won 2 Grand Slams and an Olympic silver medal in singles. She made her first breakthrough as a 2011 US Open semi-finalist at a mere world ranking of 92; however her biggest achievements came rolling in 2016, starting with a surprise appearance and victory over Serena Williams in the Australian Open final. Later her US Open win made her the first woman to win multiple singles grand slams in the same year other than Serena since Justine Henin in 2007. A southpaw tennis player (but is otherwise right-handed), player, she's known for her aggressive counterpunching.


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* '''Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)''' 2011-present: Has won 2 Grand Slams. Born in 1993, she is the youngest out of the active players to hold multiple Slams so far. She's made the impressive feat of being the first player to beat both Williams sisters in Slam finals -- Serena in the 2016 French Open final, and Venus in the 2017 Wimbledon final. Known for her powerful groundstrokes and high-risk attacking game.
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