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Old 12-04-2012, 10:09 AM   #34
Dan Lobb
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Originally Posted by Phoenix1983 View Post
I agree. Look at the quarter-finalist line-up in the 1969 US Open, the tournament Laver needed to win (and did so, of course) to complete the Grand Slam;

Rod Laver
Roy Emerson
Arthur Ashe
Ken Rosewall
Butch Buchholz
Tony Roche
Fred Stolle
John Newcombe

All eight of these men had already won majors (either amateur or pro).
That's a stretch.
Bucholz won the World Professional Championship, in reality a second-rate event in Cleveland.
The real challenges on this list are Newcombe, Roche, Rosewall, Ashe, Emerson (who gave Laver his toughest match in this tournament).
I would suggest that the lineup for the 1959 Forest Hills Pro was much tougher, as all ten players had major titles.

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