Re: Does anyone believe Jim Courier was a greater claycourter than Federer/Djokovic?
Lets look at Courier's final opponents in his 5 big clay finals:
Agassi 1991 RG final, Korda in 1992 RG final, Carlos Costa in Rome final 1992, Goran Ivanisevic in Rome final 1993.
Lost against: Sergi Bruguera in 1993 RG final.
So, his only though claycourter in a big clay tournament final was the one he lost to?
Compare with Federer:
Won against: Safin in Hamburg 2002 final, Coria in Hamburg 2004 final, Gasquet in Hamburg 2005 final, Nadal in Hamburg 2007 final, Nadal in Madrid 2009, Soderling in RG 2009.
Lost to: Nadal x 10 between 2006-2011 RG and master series finals and Mantilla 2003 Rome.
Djokovic won against: Nadal in ROme and Madrid 2011, Wawrinka in Rome 2008
Lost to: Nadal x2 (and Nadal x6 in SFs of RG and master series)
I dont know what though opponents Courier was playing on clay, but Ivanisevic, Korda and Agassi in big clay finals doesnt compare to what Djokovic and Federer is facing.
All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.