Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
I say weaker because the two big guys, Hoad and Gonzales, were past peak in the 1960 to 1964 period.
This is clear from the descriptions of eyewitness reporters, who noted that Hoad was carrying extra pounds and moving slower in 1960, etc.
Sedgman had a big year in 1959, winning at Kooyong and winning two tours, Grand Prix de Europe and South Africa. But he clearly dropped down in level after 1959.
Gimeno and Olmedo never reached the heights of greatness, despite their promise.
Trabert slowed down after 1959.
Cooper and Anderson had good years in 1959, but played little after that.
How old was Segura in 1962? 45?
This is tennis, when one goes up, the other goes down. Someone says that Lendl domination was helped by the fact that Connors was too old and McEnroe passed his prime after 1984. Other says that Connors wouldn't have been no. 1 in 1982 if Borg had not retired. Other says that Djokovic is helped by the fact that Federer is much older and Nadal his slowly fading (except on clay). This is how tennis works: we will never know the truth, we just have to accept that the player who is on top deserves his spot.