Part 2: the americans export the record
I don't know exactly when the race for records in all sports started.
Before a certain year, records were talked about and written only in athletics and swimming.
I think perhaps since the end of the 80s the States have exported the idea that everything must be traced back to a record and the idea is exported as democracy also to Europe and then to the world.
In the NBA there is a record for everything: the best defensive rebounder, turnovers, the team that wins the most away from home, the percentage of free throws in the second quarter ... then other sports were extended.
The important thing is the player who makes the record; the second, third and the others are deleted.
Since Michael Johnson broke the 200m record, Mennea has been disintegrated.
Ever since Bolt broke the record, it was Johnson who was forgotten.
A ruthlessly anti-sports culture.
It is assumed that the current tennis champions as they are the best players alltime always beat the old ones, but sometimes it happens that it is very complicated.
Nobody cares now about the records of Tilden or Gonzalez or Rosewall because they are old players, to be hidden, as they played before 1968. Everything that is considered old is hidden. Because the media and tennis journalists are ignorant: they don't know how to tell, they don't know how to judge. Because they have not seen and they have not documented.
In tennis everyone is only interested in one thing: records but only since 1968. Because the data are more available, you don't have to sweat to get old data. It is difficult to collect many results (I summarize the non-ATP ones), but just hide them and that's it.
For the media it must be assumed that the holders of all the most important records must be the Big 3. Because (once the champions from Tilden to Budge, from Gonzalez to Rosewall have been hidden), Laver's career is halved and despised, since Borg and Mac cannot compete as their career has been a flash, no one else remains.
In reality, the real records of titles won are two:
* 210+ by Rod Laver (these were up to last year the data, counting the amateurs/pro/OE),
* 150 by Lendl counting all OE titles (on this second figure Connors in my opinion reaches 149 even if some credit him with 150 or 151).
The 109s are only the tournaments that ATP has made official, so that's what counts in the end.
It is wrong in my opinion, or at least it is a record to be explained every time, but it is so.
In a period like the 70-80s where anarchy reigned in tennis, it is no coincidence that the most anarchic tennis player in history is in the lead.
Among other things, it is not the only record of Jimbo, even the matches won, even the finals reached.