Originally Posted by Mustard
Twice as good? I thought Laver said that Rosewall was "even better" than Hoad. Laver was a bit shocked by how high the standard was at the top of the professional game.
Mustard, Meanwhile I have found the source for my claim. In the Rosewall biography (Peter Rowley) Laver is quoted:" Lew's the best I've ever played" .That was after his first pro match against Hoad. But the next day, after losing to Rosewall, Laver said:"I thought Hoad was good, but Kenny is twice as good" .
By the way, Rod also found Ken's serve "excellent". And he had faced great serves from Fraser, Sangster and others in the amateur ranks.