Originally Posted by 90's Clay
Laver by quite a margin IMO. Then Pancho then Rosewall.
Laver has the titles (200), he has the Calendar Slam (2) he has domination over his rivals, he has longevity. He has it all. No holes. Or at least, the least amount of holes in his resume out of everyone in history
How much do you value peak level of play in your assessment of goat criteria?
Because if you rate it highly, then basically what you're saying is tennis player's abilities peaked in the 50's and 60's and it's been all downhill ever since.
On the other hand, if you value (unique) achievements as the main criteria, then Nadal's 3 consecutive slams on 3 different surfaces in one calendar year trumps Laver's calendar slams imo. Not to mention Federer has an uncountable number of records, both notable and obscure.