Originally Posted by abmk
yes, a 33 year old agassi who had won the AO that year, was ranked in the top 5 and was in wayyyyyy better form than your crush's best rival 35 year old Rosewall in 69 ...
oh, not to forget a 41 year old Gonzales beating Laver .....
Actually Rosewall had a bad year in 1969. Tony Roche was Laver's top rival that year along with Newcombe and Rosewall. Roche could have had the second best year in tennis in 1969. He was fantastic that year.
Old Pancho Gonzalez could beat anyone. He still had the great serve and on that alone he was tough but Gonzalez, pass age 40 could beat Laver, Ashe, Smith, Connors, Hoad, Emerson. Losing to Gonzalez in his early forties was nothing to be ashamed of.