Who is the best player without a Grand Slam tournament in their history?

One week after our consultation on the hierarchy of the best French players in the history of the ATP, The team now I invite you to decide on your top 3 in terms of another category of champions: those who were extremely strong, who often accumulated trophies and great performances, but who may not have reached their full potential and who, in all case, a Grand Slam Title is missing.

Explore the profiles of sixteen pre-selected players below (the principle was that you should have at least one Grand Slam final in the race, which excludes candidates such as Nikolay Davydenko, Gaël Monfils or Tim Henman, for example), then make your choice. We will reveal the result of this consultation on the day of the men’s semifinals.

Preselected players

(in chronological order of the highest ATP rating achieved)

Tom Okker (HOL)
Best classification: no. 3 (1974)
Number of titles: 35 (the structure of the circuit, at that time, does not allow to locate the equivalences M1000)
Number of GC finals: 1 (US Open 1968)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 4

Henri Leconte (FRA)
Best classification: no. 5 (1986)
Number of titles: 11 (including 1 M1000)
Number of GC finals: 1 (Roland-Garros 1988)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 3

Miloslav Mecir (SLQ)
Best classification: no. 4 (1988)
Number of titles: 11, including Olympic gold and 3 M1000
Number of GC finals: 2 (US Open 1986 and Australia 1989)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 2

Miloslav Mecir here at Roland-Garros in 1987. (M. Deschamps / L’Équipe)

Andrei Medvedev (UKR)
Best classification: no. 3 (1994)
Number of titles: 11 (including 4 M1000)
Number of GC finals: 1 (Roland-Garros 1999)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 1

Marcelo Rios (CHL)
Highest rating: no. 1 (1998)
Number of titles: 18, including 5 M1000
Number of GC endings: 1 (Australia 1998)
Number of other GC semifinals: 0

Alex Strap (ESP)
Best classification: no. 2 (1999)
Number of degrees: 17 (including 1 Master and 2 M1000)
Number of GC finals: 2 (Roland-Garros 1998 and 2001)
Number of other GC semifinals: 0

Todd Martin (USA)
Best classification: no. 4 (1999)
Number of titles: 8
Number of GC finals: 2 (1994 Australian Open and 1999 US Open)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 4

Todd Martin, unfortunate finalist of the 1999 U.S. Open. (JM. Pochat / L'Équipe)

Todd Martin, unfortunate finalist of the 1999 U.S. Open. (JM. Pochat / L’Équipe)

Cedric Pioline (FRA)
Best classification: no. 5 (2000)
Number of titles: 5 (including 1 M1000)
Number of GC finals: 2 (US Open 1993 and Wimbledon 1997)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 2

Guillermo Coria (ARG)
Better classification: N ° 3 (2004)
Number of titles: 9 (including 2 M1000)
Number of GC finals: 1 (Roland-Garros 2004)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 1

David Nalbandian (ARG)
Better classification: N ° 3 (2006)
Number of degrees: 11, including 1 Master’s degree and 2 M1000
Number of GC finals: 1 (Wimbledon 2002)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 4

David Nalbandian reached the Wimbledon final in 2002. (N. Luttiau / L'Équipe)

David Nalbandian reached the Wimbledon final in 2002. (N. Luttiau / L’Équipe)

Robin Söderling (SWE)
Best classification: N ° 4 (2010)
Number of titles: 10 (including 1 M1000)
Number of GC finals: 2 (Roland-Garros 2009 and 2010)
Number of other GC semifinals: 0

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Best classification: N ° 5 (2012)
Number of titles: 18 (including 2 M1000)
Number of GC finals: 1 (Australian Open 2008)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 5

David Ferrer (ESP)
Best classification: N ° 3 (2013)
Number of titles: 27 (including 1 M1000)
Number of GC finals: 1 (Roland-Garros 2013)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 5

The needy David Ferrer has a Grand Slam final and five semifinals to his credit.  (N. Luttiau / The team)

The needy David Ferrer has a Grand Slam final and five semifinals to his credit. (N. Luttiau / The team)

Tomas Berdych (RTC)
Best classification: N ° 4 (2015)
Number of titles: 13 (including 1 M1000)
Number of GC finals: 1 (Wimbledon 2010)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 6

Alexander Zverev (GER)
Best classification: N ° 3 (2017)
Number of titles: 19 (including 2 Masters, 1 Olympic gold and 5 M1000)
Number of GC endings: 1 (US Open 2020)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 4

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
Best ranking: No. 3 (2021)
Number of degrees: 8 (including 1 Master and 2 Masters 1000
Number of GC finals: 1 (Roland-Garros 2021)
Number of other semifinals in GC: 4

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