Talking about who was really number 1 in 1970 got me thinking about players who had superb seasons WITHOUT actually nailing a Major. Laver in 1970 for example. Playing great everywhere EXCEPT the Majors. And what about Tony Roche in 1969. With Laver at his open peak, Roche seemed to most likely to nail him wherever. Both lefties AND had Laver not won the Grand Slam that year, just how close was Roche himself to winning the Grand Slam? Of course, we know he finished empty-handed. But look at this....AO semifinalist, lost to LAVER 5-7 20-22 11-9 6-1 3-6. How close was that to ending Laver's Slam before it even started? French Open semifinalist, lost to defending champion ROSEWALL 5-7 2-6 2-6. Wimbledon finalist, lost to LAVER 3-6 4-6 2-6. And lastly, in the US Open he defeated Newcombe in the semis in 5s to make the final, losing to LAVER 9-7 1-6 3-6 2-6. So, semi semi final final, last man standing against Laver in 3 of the 4 Majors and he walked away with.....nothing. Well, he did get the world number 2 ranking but no silverware. So obviously the successor to Laver, injury crippled him literally in the early 70s and only a miracle cure got him back on caught and challenging for Majors in 1975 in his 30th year. OK, your suggestions for greatest season WITHOUT Major silverware.