Originally Posted by timnz
The fact that Emerson beat a peak, pro tour hardened laver - 4 times in 1968, all in straight sets * - when Emerson was already well into his 30's, tells me everything I need to know about Emerson. Specifically it tells me that if he had gone professional at the same time as Laver he would have been very much into the mix as a Pro.
(Yes, Laver won matches against Emerson in 1968, but that beside the point, which is that he was capable of beating a peak laver 4 times in straight sets when he was well past his peak.)
timnz, Emerson beat Laver only in small events. And I doubt that Emmo was well past his peak then.