RAFAEL NADAL heads into the Australian Open final on Sunday looking to make history.
The Spanish clay-court specialist is one of the most successful tennis players of all time and is out to win a second title Down Under.
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But who are the leading players in the men’s game over the years and who has the most Slams?
Who has won most men’s tennis Grand Slams?
Winning a Grand Slam is considered the pinnacle of the sport.
In a game such as tennis where there is intense focus on the individual, making it through a world-class knockout tournament is no mean feat.
Andy Murray – Britain’s most successful male player in the modern era – has won three Slams in his career but doesn’t get near to the most successful on the list.
It’s Fred Perry who is the Brits Grand Slam king with nine titles, level on the leaderboard with Ken Rosewall, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi.
Bill Tilden comes next with ten, before Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver with eleven.
Roy Emerson – who won a total of 28 slam titles if you count doubles – holds 12 single titles and sits just behind the top four.
That leaves us with the current big three – Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Nadal – along with Pete Sampras.
Sampras has 14 titles to his name, but out in the lead with TWENTY each are the Djokovic, Federer and Nadal.
As a result, if Nadal wins on Sunday he will become the first man ever to reach 21 Grand Slam titles.
The Spaniard has won every one of the four Majors, with a record thirteen coming on clay at the French Open.
With Djokovic’s participation at Roland Garros this year still uncertain, Nadal could potentially reach 23 Grand Slams by June this year.
Federer continues to play on, despite the now 40-year-old looking past the peak of his powers.
The Swiss star dominated Wimbledon in the early noughties and his grace on the grass has seen him amass eight SW19 titles.
But it’s Nadal who has the chance to cement himself as the overall leader and take control of the argument on who is the greatest tennis player of all time.