Wouldn't it be interesting if Rafa, Federer, and Sampras all end up with 14 slams each, and none of them winning all 4 slams. How do you decide the GOAT?
Thats easy ... you stick with Rod Laver
. 2 x Calendar Grand Slams - 11 Amatuer GS Singles titles plus 10 Pro GS titles making a total of 21.
Pancho Gonzales had a total of 21 Pro GS titles.
Although IMHO perhaps the GOAT should really be Ken Rosewall
. 8 GS Singles titles plus 4 Wimbledon finals and he missed out on playing the Slams for 11 of his peak years
Won Australian Open 1953 & 1955 (unable to play 1957-1968) won again 1971 & 1972 as 38yo!
French Open Won 1953 (unable to play 1957-1967) then won again 1968
Wimbledon Final 1954, 1956 (unable to play 1957-1667) then final again 1970 & 1974 (finalist at 40yo)!!!!
US Open Won 1956 (unable to play 1957-1967) then won again in 1970 as 36yo!
What could he have achieved in those 11 years? We do know he won the equivilent of 15 Pro Grand Slam singles titles during those 11 years - making a total of what would be 24 equivilent Grand Slam titles
. Also, despite not all records being known, he also won at least 132 documented singles titles!