As all tennis fans know by now, Rafael Nadal captured the 2010 US Open to complete the career grand slam, one of only three players to do so since the immortal Rod Laver won his second true Grand Slam (all four majors in one year) in 1969.
Many believe that Rafa still has not peaked yet, which seems to be the case as he seems to improve in at least one phase of his game every year. So, without access to a crystal ball—and basing my rankings mostly on career achievements—where would I rank Rafael Nadal right now among all the greatest players of the last 40 years?
Perhaps 40 years is an arbitrary span, but it's not entirely whimsical. It roughly corresponds with the dawn of the so-called "Open Era" of men's tennis, and it's also a time period that allows me to say that I at least could eyeball all of these players with some appreciation of what I was seeing.
My thought was to rank the Top 40 of the Last 40 (years), but alas, I settled on a field of 32 players who at least garnered one major title in the last 40 years.
So, where do Rafa, Roger, Pete, Andre, and Bjorn rank? Please read on...