With a 31 year old very-past-his-prime Federer dominating and winning Slams at the same time in which there's a peak Djokovic and a very strong Nadal, who sweeped the red clay season like he usually does, and with a guy like Mónaco reaching the top 10, you've got to wonder about this.
Those are only a few examples and I'm sure others have consider this possibility as well. This didn't happen in a vacuum of course. In fact, there might be some truth to the experts' talk that tennis has been getting progressively more physical over time, and thus with less talent required to actually play.
What do you think?
First of all, Roger who just turned 31, is not well past his prime. He is not at his very best as consistantly as he was a few years ago, however, he is still a great player who due to his talent and game style has the body and stamina of a 25 Year old player. This was true of Rosewall, Gonzalez, Laver, Connors, Agassi, and to a lesser degree Sampras. As shown in the Shanghi final, Murray and Novak are capable of extraordinary shot making, defending and variety of game. They are probably at their physical peak now, but need to be very creful of ther scheduling and learn to shorten points by becoming better volleyers and using their one handed backhands more often as they did last week. Nadal, when healthy, is difficult for anyone to beat on any surface. Rafa had not been at his best since the AO final, even on clay. He seems to have very serious physical problems and, IMO, will not be as great a player as he was in the past. I do hope I am wrong about this, time will tell. I think Novak, Andy and Roger will probably be the top players again next year if they stay healthy. This is an great time for men's tennis, with four great players capable of winning slams and the other most important tournaments.