Originally Posted by kiki
The incredible fact about post 69 Laver is not that he didnīt win a major or get to play a final...the man that had won everything on sight in 69 DID NOT EVEN REACH A SINGLE SEMIFINAL from 1970 till 1977, when he retired.I mean, based on that, a guy like Davidenkho or Verdasco could claim to be better than laver for a while.
So, there must be another serious reason, other than injuries.IMO it is the pursue of money plus the fact that he felt, as he wrotte, so much released after taking his second GS that he literally didnīt care ( which is hard to believe from such a hungry competitor as the rocket)
He just played badly in the majors that he played in the 1970s, as simple as that. In the 1960s, Laver had many close matches in the majors, but would nearly always find a way to win them. In the 1970s, the opposite would be true when it came to the majors and he'd lose.