Alexander Zverev ATP Finals 2019 waves at crowd

The future greatest? Alexander Zverev is first player for a decade to join astonishing list of legends

Alexander Zverev may not have had one of his best years in 2019 but that hasn’t stopped him becoming the most recent player to join a list of the world’s greatest tennis players


Alexander Zverev, with his third consecutive year in the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings, has joined a formidable list of players that managed to achieve three consecutive years in the world’s top 10 before their 23rd birthday.

The list includes 13 other names that have all won Grand slam singles titles during their careers which is the one achievement Zverev has yet to conquer.

The full list is:

Bjorn Borg 1974-76

John McEnroe 1978-80

Ivan Lendl 1980-82

Mats Wilander 1982-84

Boris Becker 1985-87

Stefan Edberg 1985-87

Andre Agassi 1988-90

Pete Sampras 1990-92

Michael Chang 1992-94

Lleyton Hewitt 2000-02

Andy Roddick 2002-04

Rafael Nadal 2005-07

Novak Djokovic 2007-09

Alexander Zverev 2017-19

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