Originally Posted by BobbyOne
My old friend, kiki: It's a pity that a man of your great knowledge underrates a very strong player, Buchholz.
Additionally to the facts I have already given you, here a few more. Hope they will impress you.
Buchholz gave winner Fraser a tough battle in the 1960 Wimbledon QF. He also almost beat Laver in the 1960 US SF.
In 1969 Buchholz reached the QFs of the US Open and lost to Roche.
Buchholz reached the SFs of the big pro tournaments several times.
In the 1963 6 man tour he finished third, a shadow behind Laver and ahead of Gimeno.
In late 1964 he beat Laver at Cape Town and Rosewall at Salisbury. Thus he finished fifth in the pro rankings, ahead of strong Hoad and your darling, Olmedo.
As a WCT player he won 5 pro tournaments in 1968!
In 1970 he lost at Corpus Christi only by 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 to Rosewall who crashed Newcombe in the final (6-2,6-0).
As late as 1975, after five years of retirement, Butch lost the final of Jackson to Rosewall by 5-7, 6-4, 6-7. In the SFs he had beaten Newcombe...
My facit: Buchholz is hardly just a journeyman! He was an excellent player.
Oh┐ impressive facts, bobbyone, the true master of historians.
I certainly will look at him with a higher regard, specially since he seemed to do so well against one of my faves, great John Newcombe.
He would be in the great players-non champions list, similar to guys like Raul Ramirez,Eddie Dibbs,Brian Gottfried,Tom Gorman,Tom Okker,Bob Lutz or Victor Pecci.Among a few others I left out...