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Old 12-12-2012, 10:59 AM   #987
Dan Lobb
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Originally Posted by BobbyOne View Post
Dan, I forgot to contradict your 1955 ranking.

Hoad reached final of Australian Champ.s, Rosewall won it with great wins against Trabert and Hoad.

Hoad reached QFs at Wimbledon, Rosewall reached SFs.

Hoad did it to the Sfs of US Champ.s, Rosewall reached final and lost only to Trabert who had his best year.

Hoad was 6:1 in Davis Cup, Rosewall was 11:0.

Your conclusion: Hoad was better than Rosewall....
Bobby, I am surprised that you forgot to contradict me again.
I hope that you will not be offended if I contradict you, either.
The 1955 Australian was played immediately after the 1954 Davis Cup final, which explains why Trabert was entered in the tournament in the first place. It was a severe anti-climax to the Cup final, and Trabert's only slam loss of the year. Hoad was still slumping.
The big match of the year was the 1955 Davis Cup match between Hoad and Trabert, which drew over 10 million TV viewers, and the Vice-President of the U.S.A., Richard M. Nixon, to present the Cup. The very first color broadcast by NBC.
Hoad defeated Rosewall ON CLAY that year.
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