Originally Posted by timnz
I know that Ashe won Wimbledon and the wct finals. But beyond that he didn't win any masters 1000 equivalents (only made 1 final in those tournaments) Orantes in contrast won roland garros. He won 3 masters 1000 equivalents. Overall he won 8 tournaments and reached 13 finals. Jimmy connors also won no masters 1000 equivalents and only made final of those tournaments.
I think you mean Orantes won the 1975 US Open not Roland Garros which actually is more in Orantes' favor since I believe the US Open was stronger than the French that year. Problem I see with Orantes is that while he was very good on all surfaces, in 1975 he won tournaments only on clay.
Yes I can see him with a claim for number one that year.