Whenever I see Berdych and Ferrer play these days I always think "Soderling had been ranked higher than those two"
It was extra painful to watch Berdych defeat Federer multiple times thinking that Soderling could have achieved so much if healthy the past 1,5 years. Robin could have won slams with weak Fed and no Nadal
Watching Ferrer racking up all the titles too thinking that Soderling probably had defeated him in most of those tournaments
Whenever I see Rosol or Janowicz play I always think "Please become a new Soderling". Sadly I think none of them got what it takes. It's been some painful months.
Thinking of what could've been is a bit sad yes, though personally I think Robin would've been a long-shot for a slam. I think if he were still healthy and playing he would've still been hunting for the first one. Like Berdych there are major matchup issues for both among the top players. Either could maybe get through one of them, but usually to win a slam you have to get through 2 or 3.
Ferrer is just...yeah. He's at the mercy of the top players when he faces them. Robin and Tomas with their big games can control their destiny a lot more. Robin has no reason to be jealous of Ferrer even now - except maybe for the fact that he's playing
I saw Lukas live in Auckland this year (final qualifying match) and although the very windy day probably affected things, his power level didn't seem especially unique to the other players I've seen (I saw Jerzy live that same day too
). That said it was an extremely windy day which affected everyone's game.