I'd be curious to see if anyone's with me on this.. but I really do miss the old times when Guga Safin, Ferrero (not to mention Sampras, Agassi.. were on top). I feel like it was a whole lot more exciting back then.. and the players used to be so charismatic with unique personalities. Now it feels like there's just a whole bunch of players. Everyone shines once and then disappears.. Pretty disturbing.. As much as I like Nadal, as I enjoy Federer's game, I'm just feeling a bit (lot) nostalgic
I know Ferrero's still out there doing his very best but I guess it won't be long before he retires too.. So it's really much the end of an era and it saddens me
I miss certain players but what I miss more are the rivalries. With Pete's era, for example, as success as he was on fast courts, he would struggle at the French. He didn't dominate on clay. Plus Andre had at least some success, and of course there was Guga.
But even so, I remember reading and hearing people getting bored with Pete winning so much.
Now, with Rafa having his problems, it's just not competitive. I don't think the other players are "mugs." I would agree Roger is probably the GOAT. But it just seems to me the other players are content with coming in second or something. Like now Novak is even saying, "he" was born in the wrong era. Andy Roddick already says it! :LOL: Who's to say things would have had necessarily been different if Andy Roddick would have met another player in Wimby finals, for example.
I dunno. I just never heard Andre say he was born in the "wrong" era in spite Pete's success
At his best, Guga believes he would have beaten Roger at his best, for example. I mean, he doesn't say, "Well, Roger is the GOAT, so I was just lucky he and I were born in different eras!" I don't hear or read him say, "Wow, I'm just lucky Rafa and I were born in different eras--or Borg and I were born in different eras."
There is just something weird about this era that the players seem so ready to defer to Roger. And yeah, a lot of that is Roger, of course. But then again, a lot the players just seem like their content with their "fate" or something!
I can't explain it very well...