Originally Posted by Mustard
Tony Wilding was very dominant on clay, to be fair. He didn't lose on the surface for over 4 years, and won 2 World Hard Court Championships on the Paris clay in 1913 and 1914. He was killed in the trenches of WW1 in 1915.
Yes, it's sad that he was killed during the war. But tragedy doesn't give him more credit than he actually obtained. No way he was as dominant as Nadal, and tennis was puny a century ago.