Lendl and Nadal are very close, clearly. Nadal I think if he gets his 11th slam this year and gets back to #1, It'll be tough for me to keep him behind Lendl, and if he wins 2 slams this year, maybe Rafa leapfrogs Borg as well into the #8 spot.
Not all about slams, mate. Lendl shits on Nadal in tons of other records. However, if Rafa wins the AO, I may have to reconsider.
Hmmm, are you arguing Lew Hoad to be higher than #44 on the list?
Hoad at his best was the greatest, even according to Pancho Gonzales himself. But Hoad was too inconsistent. Back issues, yes, but also some lack of interest in the game, despite huge talent.
Hoad was inconsistent as an amateur before 1958, as he himself admitted, saving his best tennis for the Slam events and Davis Cup. He was often upset in minor tournaments.
After turning pro, he quickly learned the money value of consistency, and won the year-end bonus money for best overall professional record in both 1958 and 1959. He was the first tennis player to earn more then $100,000 a year in tennis play for his first two years on the tour.
He became a part-time player in 1960, and dropped off the 1961 tour with a broken foot. He never again attempted to play a full year.
Should he be higher than #44? He is rated at #1 by Gonzales, Rosewall, Bucholz, Krishnan, Anderson, Emerson, Stolle, Roche, Newcombe, Davidson, Ulrich and many other players who saw or played against him. Enough said.