Originally Posted by aportnoy
Yeah, I guess this a pretty lousy top 6
1981 - Men
1 John McEnroe- 7 Grand Salm Titles
2 Ivan Lendl- 8 Grand Salm Titles
3 Jimmy Connors- 8 Grand Slam Titles
4 Bjorn Borg- 11 Grand Slam Titles
5 Jose-Luis Clerc
6 Guillermo Vilas- 4 Grand Slam Titles
HaHah...You just proved violinist's point. The fact that back then there was no depth. No depth as in the fact that top 500 players could not come close to competing with top 10 players back in the 80s. However, now the talent is so deep. As you can see in grandslam matches, many qualifiers give top ranked players a very hard time and at times, beat them.
That 1981 top 6 is reflective of women's tennis where there is no depth..where only a few handfull of players have won or reached semifinals of grandslam tournaments (williams sisters, henin, clisters, mauresmo, davenport, sharappova).
I guess you did not know the meaning of depth in terms of tennis.