Of course its not 2011 they have in mind. Fed can't dominate legit opponents. ( like 2011) Only useless pidgeons ( like 04-07).... domination over non talented mugs like Roddick, Baghaditis, Blake, Ferrer,, Davydenko with non slam mugs or 1 time slam wonders etc. or 200 year old Brokeback Old Man Agassi. No domination over the real big dogs like Nadal and Djokovic
Dude, Federer's years of domination were 2004-7. Last time I checked, Nadal finished 2nd in 3 of those years & had a losing record against Federer off clay, & Djokovic finished 3rd in 2007, the same as he did in the subsequent 3 years. (And before you start, any other great player would have had a losing record on clay against Nadal
, including Laver & obviously including Sampras - the only conceivable exceptions being Borg & Rosewall.) Ferrer, at 29 with a roadrunner game, is currently No. 5 in the world in what you consider the era of the big dogs (& has recently thrashed big dog Djokovic); Davydenko, before recent injuries, used to own "big dog" Nadal; Agassi is a famous exception among great players for having his best years late in his career; Roddick used to beat up on Sampras & has won as many US Opens as either Djoker or Nadal; & you don't mention Safin, who thrashed Sampras in a slam final & was hardly lacking in talent, or Hewitt, who also thrashed Sampras in a slam final, or Nalbandian, whose talent you yourself have praised, or, I dunno, Moya, who was one of the mighty threats Sampras faced in a slam final. Sampras's years of (lesser) domination were 1993-7, & in that period his biggest competition was Agassi (awol except for late 1994 and 1995), old Becker (who won 1 slam in the period), Courier (who was fucked by 1995), choking Ivanisevic, & erm baby Moya? and a few clay-court specialists he couldn't beat on clay. The end of his domination coincided with the rise of "big dogs" such as Rafter & Rios.