Originally Posted by joe sch
Nope ... Not even a grand slam so cant be the best season in "tennis history". Rod Laver won the grand slam in 1969 which IMO should be the greatest tennis season in "open tennis history". Its sad that even our modern champions do not seem to remember history. I guess these guys greatest season definition has more to do with percentage of matches won than winning all the majors in the same season ?
No, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have all had "greater" seasons than Laver's '69 season. Laver's '69 season was fine, but it was from another era where the Australian Open was smaller than many Masters Series titles and three out of four slams were played on grass. There's no comparison, what Federer, Nadal and Djokvoic have done winning three slams in a year is more impressive than what Laver did.
Mac and Becker understand this. Laver was a fine player in his day, but he was playing in an era much weaker than today. Laver would be a top 50 player today, maybe crack the top 20, but he'd never be a slam champion.