Originally Posted by kiki
Thanks, we all agree on disagreeing from time to time tough most of us share the same vision and pretty similar background.
I honestly think that, in terms of talent, Vines was a better player than Kodes.But look at it the other way; Kodes achieved a lot being less talented than the all time greats and that deserves IMO, great respect and admiration.
Only Laver and Rosewall had a better return, specially off the BH side until Connors arrived.Kodes return could even weak down a gunner like Newcombe or Smith, both terrific servers.probably, only Laver and Rosewall could be, either flashier or steadier, but he got to their level, almost.
Emerson had a better backhand return that Kodes, and was better in every other aspect of the game as well. Accord Ashe, Roche and Nastase.