Originally Posted by oschemi
Rafa was still 18 then and just developing. Considering how dominant he has been, there has to be something special about him on this surface that no one since borg has been able to match
Yes, Nadal has been the most dominant player on clay since Borg, we all know that. But the opposition the other players had in between is a huge factor in my opinion. Even though Guga was never as dominant as Rafael was, I still believe he would be able to beat him at his prime. Guga had all the weapons you can ask for.
BTW there are some similarities with Hingis in 1997. I'm a HUGE fan of hers, she's my favorite WTA player. But in 1997, when she totally dominated everything, the opposition wasn't what it was in 1990-1993 and in 2000-2003. This is the reason she wasn't able to dominate since, the opposition got so much tougher. Right now Rafa's only rival on clay is Federer, who I agree is already a very tough opposition. But a few years ago, there were a lot more of great clay players. Nadal would definitely be among the very best as he's an awesome clay player, but I don't think he would dominate as much as today in Guga's or Muster's time.