I saw that tournament and I don't mean that those players from today 10-24 would have beaten Verkerk or Gaudio at this tournament,
but in other tournaments/years.
But you are right,
it is possible that i remember wrong.
I only watched Slams at this time and not the whole tour like the last years.
I just wanted to say that Berdych, Söderling, Del Potro or even Almagro, Monaco, Tipsarevic or Wawrinka had some great tournament where they played great and they all lost to Federer, Djokovic or nadal later.
Without those 3, they would have done better.
Doesn't mean that they're necessarily better tennis players. Verkerk and Gaudio were not just tennis players, they did not just live for tennis and nor did they constantly have a healthy body unlike most of today's players. Verkerk and Gaudio had ulterior distractions, they were not 'tennis robots'. They were both gifted with great and specific tennis relative ability and had distinctive and attractive game styles, unlike most of the players you're referring to within that specific rankings bracket. I don't think I've ever seen any of those players barring Soderling or Del Potro play tennis like Verkerk and Gaudio did in their respective greatest weeks.
And you can say that about any era, "without those 3, blah blah blah". It's not about "without those three", it's about beating the in form player, it's about showing no matter who is put in front of you, you can get the job done. That line is no scapegoat.