Originally Posted by Roger the Dodger
Simply put, Novak cemented the groundwork laid by Nadal and Federer. He didn't lay the groundwork himself. Credit to him for his achievements, but if self-motivated forces like Federer and Nadal were not there, Novak wouldn't have reached such heights.
And RF and RN used the groundwork laid by other top tennis players before them. This is true of top athletes in ANY sport. it's called raising the bar, running the 4 minute mile, etc
I will add, if RF and RN were not there, Novak would be about as good as Murray, no better with his NB academy style of play. Novak's level improved because he has a bigger ego than Murray and he couldn't take the constant slapping at the hands of the other two. Murray still has to come good.
Irrelevant. In any case, Novak would still be better than Murray and would have to be tested by another athlete who is also better than Murray.