For most players, Grand Slam tournaments stand as the perfect opportunity to prove their skills, all in search for glory and for the collective recognition of their value. For over a decade, Tennis (especially men’s tennis) has been under the overwhelming domination imposed by a few amazing players. In such a context there are a few almost genius players, who haven’t managed to win a Grand Slam trophy.

This article isn’t about the true gods of the ATP circuit (known by everybody), it is about players who have been thrown out of the ‘Olympus’.

These demigods have been a constant presence in the ATP top 10 over the past decade, they have won tournaments and earned a lot of money, have delighted the audience, proven their mastery and technique on the tennis court, but haven’t been able to climb up the highest step – the winning of a Grand Slam.

There are 3 such players: David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Given that all three of them are past their 30s, the chances for them to impose themselves in a Grand Slam are considerably reduced, yet their merits as top tennis players remain untainted.

Tomas Berdych

The Czech player, 30, is one of the most constant players of the past years. He managed to reach the higher stages in almost every tournament he attended, also winning a few tournaments throughout his career.

He has 12 ATP titles in his pocket, and when it comes to Grand Slam tournaments, his performance peaks, materializeing into several consistent results: two Australian Open semifinals in 2014 and 2015, a Wimbledon final in 2010 which he lost to Rafael Nadal. At the Roland Garros his best result was a semifinal in 2010, and at the US Open, his best result was also a semifinal, this one in 2012. He reached the 4th place in the ATP ranking in the summer of 2015.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

The Frenchman, 31, is next in line. Having become an important player starting with 2008, he reached ATP No.5 in 2012 and he has won 12 trophies throughout his career. In Grand Slam tournaments his best result was recorded in 2008when from a seemingly unknown player, Tsonga managed to get to the Australian Open final, where he lost to the rising star Novak Djokovic. In the other Grand Slams, his best results were, like in Berdych’s case, pretty good: Roland Garros semifinals (2013, 2015), two semifinals at Wimbledon as well (2011, 2012), and two quarterfinals at the US open, in 2011 and 2015.

David Ferrer

The last one on this list is the Spaniard David Ferrer. He had the ill luck of being contemporary to his compatriot Rafael Nadal. Thus, he was always in his shadow, yet recording several memorable results throughout his career. But, like Nadal, Federer is a tremendous player on the clay court. This is why his best result in a Grand Slam is a Roland Garros final in 2013, which he lost to Rafael Nadal.

He had constant results in the other Grand Slams over the years.

He reached the Australian Open semifinals twice, in 2011 and in 2013. At Wimbledon, he made it twice to the quarterfinals in 2012 and again in 2013, and at the US Open his best performances were recorded in 2007 and 2012, when he made it to the semifinals.

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