For a start, Verkerk played incredible tennis at Roland Garros in 2003, playing a similar brand of tennis to that of Robin Soderling. Dominant serving, hard and flat ground strokes from either side and being able to hit winners from any position of the court. Verkerk had better volleying ability. When such a player gets hot, they can beat anybody. Verkerk's problems were through injury and lack of dedication. As he said himself, he was a "playboy". You don't beat guys like Horna, Schuettler, Moya and Coria playing run of the mill tennis. Are you saying that those players in between 10 and 24 are also better than Schuettler, Moya and Coria?
And Gaudio really needs no justification.
When people say things like this, I really wonder whether they understand the sport and had even watched the sport back then. Everyone was blown away by Verkerk's tennis and run at the time. Now, with those who have no memory, they forget he played astonishing tennis during that fortnight simply because he never performed like that ever again.
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.