Djokovic since 2007. Puerta was good in 2005. Olderer had one of the best seasons on clay in 2006.
I never said Olderer was a bad player, btw. I said he lacked a true rival off clay until late 2007 (not surprisingly he became monofed and then Olderer according to his fans).
come on man , puerta good??????djokovic????
I mean clay specialists like kuerten , corretja , ferrero , moya , muster , vilas and more others greats clay court specialist ,in this era don`t exist a real very good clay specialist outside rafa.
even when coria played with nadal , he could forced rafa to the limtits and with a legendary match in rome!!! that it`s real competition in clay but after 2005 coria was out and gaudio too , gaudio had a 3-3 h2h against nadal on clay.
fed and nole are fast court specialists , not clay.
you said that nadal was a baby in that time , but that nadal won in madrid ( indoor ) and other tournaments in fast surfaces incluiding dubai , maybe the top-10 in that era was more stronger than in this era with the exception of top-4 and the surfaces were much more faster than now too , especially australia with the rebound ace , shangai in the masters cup , us open much more faster and wimbledon more faster than now too.
after 2007 , the surfaces started to slowing down more and more
better top-10 in general and more fasters surfaces are the problem of nadal in that days.