Hey generals Javier, Hercules and Duncan and the rest. Doing a bit better, thanks. Yes, indeed it is Pancho Gonzales and Budge. Borg's fashion sense wasn't quite as good in those days
. Unfortunately there is a limit to the length of the sig text, so I couldn't include Big Bill Tilden, or Kenny Rosewall.
As for Emerson, well, even though he was an excellent singles and doubles player, he won so many slams as an amateur, I can't quite include him among the greatest. The pros in those days couldn't play in the slams, and the pros were generally at least a level or two better in my opinion. Emerson won nothing of significance after the Open era started. Laver and Rosewall were better. Even 40 year old Pancho Gonzales beat defending champ Emerson in the QF of the 1968 French Open the first year it was open to pros.
I watched all of these players play except for Budge and Tilden of course. My early memories were of Laver winning the 1969 Grand Slam and Gonzales at 41 years old beating #1 Laver in a winner take all match at MSG in 1970. And then of course all the rest who followed.
As I've often said, I'm a fan of great tennis, and these are all among the greatest.