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Rosewall may just be the GOAT (Greatest of all Time)
There has been lots of recent talk of the tennis GOAT with Roger Federer breaking the record for open majors won and currently has 17. Many tennis historians claim Rod Laver's tennis accomplishments are more impressive then Federer since he was the only player to ever win two (2) tennis grand slams. Rod actually won another professional grand slam in 1967 winning all the majors and many of the other championships for complete domination of 1967. Very few historians have ever claimed Ken Rosewall as the GOAT but consider his accomplishments compared to Lavers …
Laver and Rosewall both have 19 Majors but 79–63 in favor of Laver head to head matches. Both players far surpass Federer in career titles, Rosewall 133 and Laver 200 vs 76 for Federer. Don't think Roger will surpass either the career wins or majors won by either player.
In the Open Era :
Rosewall has 4 Slam level championships
Laver has 5 (including the calendar year Grand Slam)
In the Amateur Era :
Laver has 6 (including the calendar year Grand Slam)
Pro Slams :
Rosewall has 15 (133 titles)
Laver has 8 (200 titles) 411–107
Roger Federer 17
I personally give the edge to Laver over Rosewall since the head to head 79–63 in favor of Laver and since Laver is the only player to win two grand slams and also a professional slam.
Rosewall may just be the GOAT. There has been lots of recent talk of the tennis GOAT with Roger Federer breaking the record for open majors won and currently has 17.
Laver and Rosewall both have 19 Majors.
Both players far surpass Federer in career titles, Rosewall 133 and Laver 200 vs 76 for Federer. Don't think Roger will surpass either the career wins or majors won by either player.
I really do not think you can compare players of different era but since all three of these players have Open era experience, I will give the nod to Laver and Rosewall over Federer unless Roger wins 2 more slam majors and adds many more championships and victories to his impressive open career.
I think the below stats should be considered for open era GOAT decisions:
Tennis players with most titles since 1968
Player - championships - majors - overall
Jimmy Connors 109 8 1243–277
Ivan Lendl 94 8 1071–239
John McEnroe 77 7 875–198
Roger Federer 76 17 891–202
Below are statistics from (Frederic Roma an Italian historian).
Rosewall Majors (1957: Wembley Pro, 1958: French Pro, 1960: French Pro, Wembley Pro, 1961: French Pro, Wembley Pro, 1962: French Pro, Wembley Pro, 1963: French Pro, Wembley Pro, US Pro, 1964: French Pro, 1965: French Pro, US Pro, 1966: French Pro, 1968: Roland Garros, 1970: US Open, 1971: Australian Open, 1972: WCT Finals) 19 for sure, 20 if you count the Madison Square Garden Pro 1966, 21 if you count the 1963 tournée as a fourth Major for that season.
Laver Majors (1964: Wembley Pro, US Pro, 1965: Wembley Pro, 1966: Wembley Pro, US Pro, 1967: French Pro, Wembley Pro, US Pro, Wimbledon Pro, 1968: Wimbledon, 1969: Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open) 14 for sure, 15 if you count the Pacific Southwest Open 1968.
Some count the two Tennis Champions Classic events: even though they were two big titles, in the open era I prefer to count normal tournaments. Anyway, even if you count them, you're still below Rosewall: 17
Statistics by surface (counting only undisputed Majors):
Laver - grass 8, clay 1, indoor 5
Rosewall - grass 4, clay 5, indoor 10
Time between first and last Major victory:
Laver 1964-1969 (first final 1963, last final 1972)
Rosewall 1957-1972 (first final 1957, last final 1974)
Laver 80-99 depending on sources, Rosewall 63-83 depending on sources
Head-to-head on big matches:
Laver 7 - Rosewall 9
Just think that when they faced each other for the first time Ken Rosewall was 28, and that an over-30 Rosewall won 5 of their 11 Majors meetings when Laver was considered the undisputed world no. 1 (1965-69): that says a lot about Rosewall's stature.