Slideshow: The 'Greatest' Question in Tennis

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Slideshow: The 'Greatest' Question in Tennis
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Do you believe in GOAT?

It's a question tennis only has to wrestle with whenever there's a player on the verge of shattering the game's oldest records. However, it now seems to be a question we have to deal with "only" once a generation.

It's only been nine years since Pete Sampras broke the record for Grand Slam titles set by Roy Emerson (second from left) in 1967. Though Emerson held that distinction for 33 years, Sampras' own grasp may be far shorter, as Roger Federer is already just one shy.

If Federer eclipses Sampras' mark, will that make him the best ever?

Well, when discussing the competition for the greatest male tennis player of all time, there are four names mentioned more frequently than all others. This slideshow will break down the cases for and against their claims.

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