Originally Posted by BobbyOne
Even when you repeat it 100 times: Hoad di NOT win the 1959 tour. Gonzalez just said that Hoad won the hth IN this tour but not the tour itself.
All, I mean actually ALL EXPERTS wrote and said that Rosewall played his most brillant tennis in 1962 and 1963 (not only his best record then). Rosewall won only 1 pro major then but won 18 other pro and open majors in the 1960s and 1970s! Learn history!
Gonzales called the tour a "head to head" tour, by which he meant that the feature match at each stop was a Gonzales-Hoad match.
This was not a true round-robin tour, as Hoad and Gonzales played each other 28 times, while playing only 34 matches against the two rookies combined.
When a player dominates a match, he appears to be brilliant. When Rosewall controlled his matches in the early sixties, he APPEARED to be more brilliant than before, BUT he was getting more OPPORTUNITIES to look briliiant against Hoad and Gonzales after they passed their prime. They were no longer able to control their matches against Rosewall, as their abilities had declined. Simple.
Objectively, Rosewall playeed awseome tennis in 1958 and 1959, especially at Forest Hills, where he looked like winning both tournaments, the biggest of the year. Gonzales and Hoad had to get up off the canvas to pull out their wins against him.
And the Kooyong 1960 final between Hoad and Rosewall, the season finale, was described in the New York Times as the greatest match ever played at Kooyong stadium. It doesn't get any better than the best!