Who would that competition be? Useless serve bot Roddick or a weaponless pusher Hewitt? Safin who cared about more about bitches than tennis? No fitness mug Fatbandian and slam clown Baldenko? Flukes like Gonzalez in slam final?
Tough era indeed. The only competition the Geezer had was on on clay against baby Nadal and we all know how that turned out for him. Flukerer needed a serious injury to squeak out an RG title.
Nadal is lucky to be playing in such a mug clay era. 7 RG titles with no competition. Lucky Djokovic didn't start his diet earlier or Nadal wouldn't have the HC slams he does either.