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Laver: 2 Grand Slams 21 21.88%
Connors: 109 titles 4 4.17%
Sampras: 14 Slams (7 W, 5 USO, 2 AO) 15 15.63%
Sampras: 6 years in a row as world number 1 23 23.96%
Agassi: Career Grand Slam 8 8.33%
Borg: 6 FO/5 Wimbies (incl. 3 dubles) 17 17.71%
Vilas: 50 wins in arow 0 0%
McEnroe: 87-3 record in 1984 1 1.04%
Federer: 4 first GS finals won 7 7.29%
Other 0 0%
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What is the greatest achievement in modern men's tennis history ?

Interesting to assess what is the most valuable in fans'opinion, without necessarily comparing the players themselves...
note: Agassi's career grand slam is also a reference to his longevity on top (15 years in top 10 and counting)...

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."

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Howabout Agassi's longevity in general? 20 years or thereabouts, and here he is, still in the top 10. That hasn't been done since Rosewall, and it's a much more physical game now than it was then
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Howabout Agassi's longevity in general? 20 years or thereabouts, and here he is, still in the top 10. That hasn't been done since Rosewall, and it's a much more physical game now than it was then
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"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
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I can't believe there is sb as stupid to vote for that Federer option.

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I can't believe there is sb as stupid to vote for that Federer option.
It's true it's a bit light compared to others, but:
-I wanted to link the poll with present
-He's the only one to have done so, which is not bad given the contenders...
However I voted for Borg

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
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fine...there could be that ridiculous option,but I can't believe sb has actually voted for that,having these other options.

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It's true it's a bit light compared to others, but:
-I wanted to link the poll with present
-He's the only one to have done so, which is not bad given the contenders...
However I voted for Borg
Me too. I was torn between him and Laver; in the end I chose Borg because winning those two tournaments consecutively, year after year is just so consistently impressive, and it's within memory for me. But Laver probably would have achieved that too had he not turned pro after his first Grand Slam.

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I voted for Sampras, 6 years nr. 1 in a row and I humbly hope you don't consider it a ridiculous choice
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I've picked lavers 2 slams, sure the 1st slam could be discounted (while still a great achievement), but even just the 69 one on its own warrants my selection, not to mention the possibility of others in those years he didnt participate

Close to that though, would be Pete's 6 years as world number 1

I've never really been interested in watching any of Petes old matches, no matter how good they may be, but its impossible to deny that that is one hell of an achievement
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Yeah, baby,yeah! And we have a 2nd blind Federer fan!

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Me too. I was torn between him and Laver; in the end I chose Borg because winning those two tournaments consecutively, year after year is just so consistently impressive, and it's within memory for me. But Laver probably would have achieved that too had he not turned pro after his first Grand Slam.

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Same here...except I'm going with Laver for the simple fact...that it ain't been done since...despite all those who've followed. Borg's achievements...are a very, very close second.

And I'll second the kudos on thread/poll topics. It's h@ll after the AO. RG is just too far away.

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Yeah, baby,yeah! And we have a 2nd blind Federer fan!
Imagine a single guy who would have all these records... go Fed, go !!

"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
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Thing is he doesn't have them now.

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It's a very difficult choice. Almost all are very great achievements. McEnroe had a fantastic year. Agassi has shown his versatility by winning GS on 3 different surfaces. Sampras has his 14 GS titles + 6 years no. 1 in a row.
But IMO Rod Laver's GS in 1969 is still the greatest achievement. Winning 25 best of 5 matches at Grand Slams without 1 loss against the best players in the world is amazing. Even when it was on only 2 different surfaces.
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4 and counting..too bad we can't see who voted for which option.

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