Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and the 9 Greatest European Tennis Stars of All Time

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and the 9 Greatest European Tennis Stars of All Time
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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have ensured that tennis power shines most forcefully in Europe. It’s no surprise that European tennis has always consistently produced dominant champions in making its claim as the hotbed of tennis.

The following will be strictly European. With all apologies to Rod Laver’s Australian generation of tennis greats and to American periods of dominance ranging from Jimmy Connors through Andre Agassi, they will not be considered. Neither will their home continent Grand Slam venues.

European champions dream of winning the French Open and Wimbledon, the two Grand Slam titles featured on their home continent. Therefore, it’s essential that the great European champions win on clay and grass, though hard courts and carpet host some tournaments as well.

There are 22 European-born champions who won at least one Grand Slam title on European soil. Thirteen of these champions could only pull off the feat one time, though a few of them also won Slams in Australia or America.

For this all-European article, there are only nine tennis champions who won multiple titles with the French Open-Wimbledon combination. They will be ranked according to their European Slams, but other particulars to their European tournament success will be detailed alongside a few curious trivial facts to flavor their personalities.

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