Originally Posted by BobbyOne
Dan, I again must break my pause in the discussion with yourself.
I just called Bud Collins, and Bud assured me that Laver was NOT injured in the 1972 WCT final.
Sometimes it even happened that Rosewall won matches even though his opponent was not injured or ill...
I think that I read somewhere that Laver had chronic arthritis pain in his back in the early seventies, but I guess you do not think that this constitutes an injury in the technical sense.
Perhaps we should transfer this issue to the Laver blog.
Laver always maintained that the best match he ever played was the 1963 French indoor final on wood against Rosewall.