Originally Posted by pc1
Not sure about that. Lobb does have a point that Laver was declining and the eternally young Rosewall was actually going down a bit also. Ancient Pancho Gonzalez could be in that group also and Jimmy Connors became a top force in 1973 so he could be added there also.
In the late 1950's Gonzalez, Rosewall, Hoad, Sedgman and Segura were particularly strong players, especially the top four. But I'll give you this, the early 1970's were pretty incredible and you could be correct.
In 1975 they had Connors, Ashe, Borg, Orantes, Rosewall, Laver, Tanner, Vilas so that's not bad either. Newcombe was still around but pass his best despite winning the Australian.
By early 70 I mean 70-74 before the 1974 revolution took over
It is pre golden era and we can also assimilate 68 and 69 since it is homogeneous
So 68 to 73 is pre golden, 74 to 89 is golden and 90 to 95 is post golden, at least O