Is Vince Spadea the Tenth Best Player of All Time?
Look at this stat, Spadea is tied for tenth place all time, with Stefan Edberg, Lleyton Hewitt and the king, Roger Federer, for most Grand Slam Appearances with 54.
Think of that, Spadea appeared in 54 Grand Slam main draws! That’s the equivalent of appearing in 13 1/2 years of slams without missing a slam or a year. That means Spadea was top-100 for 14 years, even when he missed an entire year of slams mostly in 2001 when he had his epic losing streak. Spadea’s appeared in more slams than John McEnroe (45), Pete Sampras (52) and Guillermo Vilas (49). He also was one of only 75 players to win more than 300 matches.
You take Gambill, Washington and Gimelstob, who were also good American players, and they all appeared in only 31 slams each. What was behind Spadea’s miraculous Grand Slam Appearance record? “I just liked to battle,” he said.