Journalists at USA Today recently voted on the Best Athlete of the Decade, and interesting for tennis fans that Serena Williams finished ahead of the Big Three of men's tennis - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
35 journalists voted for the poll and the winner was American basketball star LeBron James, who finished on top with 786 points. Serena, who has won 23 Grand Slam titles and will be aiming to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title in Australia next month, finished a very close second at 781 points.
Serbian Novak Djokovic came in 10th place in the poll ahead of Spain's Rafael Nadal, who finished 13th, and Swiss Roger Federer, who finished 16th in the poll. Below is the Top 10 list of the Best Athlete of the Decade - 1 LeBron James - Basketball - 786 2 Serena Williams - Tennis -781 (Narrowly beat out by James, Williams is arguably the the greatest tennis player in history with 23 Grand Slam tournament singles titles, more than any man or woman in the Open Era.
Not all of those majors came in this decade, but winning 10 of them – as well as Olympic golds in singles and doubles – after turning 30 might be an even more impressive feat.) 3 Tom Brady - Football - 742 4 Simone Biles - Gymnastics -740 5 Usain Bolt - Athletics - 654 6 Mike Trout - Baseball - 610 7 Steph Curry - Basketball - 571 8 Lionel Messi - Soccer - 570 9 Michael Phelps - Swimming - 541 10 Novak Djokovic - Tennis - 479 (Men's tennis has been ruled by three players this decade.
Of the three, Djokovic holds the upper hand. Of his 16 Grand Slam tournament titles, 15 have come since 2011 – including all five Wimbledon crowns and six of his record seven Australian Open titles. His 2015 season, in which he won three majors and reached the final in a fourth, is considered one of the greatest in history.) 13 Rafael Nadal - Tennis - 396 (The King of Clay won the French Open eight times during the decade and three of the four Grand Slam tournaments in 2010.
He’s the reigning champion at the French and U.S. Open. Nadal was ranked No. 1 for 140 weeks, including now, and No. 2 for 133 weeks.) 16 Roger Federer - Tennis - 273 (He began the decade ranked No. 1 and finished No. 3. There was a lot of fluctuation in there, including a drop to 16, but he won five Grand Slam tournaments and the Federer-Nadal rivalry remains fun to watch.)