In the French, this era is ridiculous.
In a 8 years spam, you have as many chances to win the title if all of Kuerten, Muster, Costa, Ferrero, Corretja, Courier and Bruguera are playing at their peak every fucking year (which it obviously wasn't the case) as if there's only Nadal which nobody else.
Basically, in term of preventing you to win this fucking title, Nadal= all of them combined
Federer would have make something like 2 or 3 finals for 1 or 2 titles in the 90s
In this era, it's 5 finals (2005 was almost a final too...)but only one title.
nadal would be anyway the clay king but maybe not like now......
rafa never had real clay courts specialists against him , only coria in 2005 and he lost , but at least coria forced epic matches against nadal in clay , after 2005 coria was gone like gaudio and only was fed ( fastcourt specalist ) and now nole ( not clay specialist ).