Perhaps Agassi's POV will make things clearer:
Agassi is old enough to have faced both McEnroe and Nadal, and he's attracted more to Nadal's spray-paint style than Federer's tennis classicism. "Roger just makes it look too easy," says Agassi, who lost to Federer in last year's U.S. Open final and fell to Nadal in the third round of this year's Wimbledon. "He has so many options out there on the tennis court. It's easier to identify with Nadal. Federer puts fans in the position where all they can do is marvel."
But I agree, I'm sick to death of this too.
The whole ''Would Nadal be popular if he was American'' thread got turned into this.