Originally Posted by timnz
In 1968, those 5 matches Emerson beat Laver in, he won them all in straight sets. Think about it, beating an absolute peak laver 5 times in straight sets! What that tells me that Emerson was up there in ability. if he had gone pro in 1963, like Laver, I think he would have held his own. Emerson faded after that mainly due to age.
Donīt forget that Laver and Emerson knew each other game by memory and were so close friends.That has an effect on a particular H2H that equalizes things ( unless you are Borg and Gerulaitis, of course), specially when there is not such a big difference of level of play.