Originally Posted by Kirihara Akaya
Those players won Slams because there wasn't really a great dominate player back then like Fed, Rafa & Nole. If Murray, Tsonga, Berdych and Soderling peaked in the transitional Era, they would have won slam easily like those players you mentioned. Those players in the top 10 at the moment are just unlucky. They have to deal with legends in the game like Fed, Nole and Rafa at thier prime years. OTOH, Safin & Hewitt and the others played in a mug period of time so-called transitional era.
Look, the reason why every Noletard on the forum argues that this era is the best ever is all too obvious. They don't want to take anything away from their man, which I understand. But this post just shows a clear lack of knowledge. I'm a huge Soderling fan but there's no way Robin or Jo surpasses guys like prime Henman or Nalbandian in playing capability, let alone talent.
Novak has had an incredible year and there's no doubt about that. But he only has one rival (Nadal), who he is a good matchup against. Federer is not the player he was - how could he? He's a father and over 30 - and Murray hasn't stepped up yet. As for the rest of the top 10, they don't even have an outside shot in the slams. Fact is it wasn't like that in 2004. The potential of each top tenner was much higher back then.