Originally Posted by Roger the Dodger
Love him, hate him - you can't disrespect him. He stayed in the shadows of Federer and Nadal for 4 long years but his iron-will, endless reserves of energy and movement of death have got him to where he is.
He has not had it easy like the other top players taking advantage of a weak era or a particular surface, but all his powers were built over the years, and has done it all, the hard way, all by himself (with Marian Vajda's cameos).
He deserves to be at the top.
Deal with it, MTF.
All true. I would add great return of serve reflexes, unparalleled counter punching and the ability to hit the ball flat, hard and deep from anywhere in the court at any point in a rally (and from either wing) to his substantial list of attributes. I would be surprised if he doesn't break several records by the time he's done.
Still, I can't really warm to him. His counter-punching/flat game, brilliant as it is, leaves me cold. And his demeanor on the court also puts me off; he's a bit too much of a ham for my tastes, though his off-court interviews are far superior to both Roger's and Rafa's. He certainly has a very good mind for the game. I think he'd make a good analyst when he retires.
So, kudos to you Novak! You're playing in the era of probably the best ever grass and clay courters, and we're still talking about whether you're better than either of them.