Emerson won 12 majors in the amateurs (6 Australian, 2 French, 2 Wimbledon, 2 US). Emerson was an excellent player and the best amateur player in the world for several years, but the best players in the world in the 1960s were professionals, not amateurs. Gonzales dominated the professional game from 1954-1961, beating the best players in the world in the professional ranks, players like Kramer, Budge, Segura, Sedgman, Trabert, Rosewall, Hoad, Cooper, Anderson, Olmedo, Gimeno etc. and some of these opponents were serious opposition for Gonzales, yet he was never toppled as the best player in the world before he went into an 18 month retirement at the end of 1961. Gonzales didn't play against Laver for the first time until 1964, and even against a prime Laver, a post-prime Gonzales managed to win 21 out of 60 matches.