Originally Posted by Dan Lobb
Connors is, I think, below Newcombe on grass, although above on clay or rubber. Shortlisted, together with Newk, Ashe, Trabert, others.
Kramer would beat anyone in a best-of-100 series, but doesn't have the hot end of his game to make a PEAK list.
Likewise Lendl, who famously flubbed at Wimbledon.
That's a very interesting comment you made about Kramer. I agree that is a possibility we cannot rule out. Kramer to me was a fantastic player with many weapons and a total service game that can be argued to be as great as anyone's in history. I am not quite sure what you mean by the hot end of his game.
A head to head series on many surfaces often indicates the true strength of a player and that to me is very important. To me it indicates the peak strength and consistency of a player. There are so many experts who rank Kramer as the best ever. Vic Braden, Don Budge (although Budge probably ranked Budge as number one), Sedgman and many others. Gonzalez named Kramer number one before he played Hoad so I assume Gonzalez ranked Kramer second.