Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
Didn't Emmo whip Gonzales in Florida?
And was Gimeno still part of the discussion?
Remember, Santana in the sixties was a much hotter product than Gimeno, but the pros could not afford to sign Santana or Emerson, who made more money as amateurs than Laver or Rosewall did as pros!
Oh, and lifetime: Santana won 72 tournaments, Gimeno 46. Santana 4 majors, Gimeno 1. Not even close. And Santana was great in Davis Cup.
Santana won more tournaments because he stayed amateur (the weaker field) while Gimeno had the courage to face the best players in the world (Gonzalez, Rosewall, Laver). It's easier to win tournaments and majors against the likes of Emerson, Stolle and Pietrangeli than against Laver and Rosewall.
It's a shame, Dan, that I and other posters must explain you (again and again) the tennis history's basics.