Originally Posted by Han Solo
Agreed. Of course Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray are excellent players, but the fact other players made major finals before these guys hit their peak does not detract from those performances.
I particularly enjoyed Baghdatis's surprise run at AO. And he played amazing tennis that fortnight. He was rather unfortunate to meet Federer - who was pretty much unbeatable that year off clay...
Baghdatis had an enormous chance against Federer. A set, 2-0 and a break point for a double break. Federer wasn't as convincing with his performances in Australia as he was in 2004, 2005 (Yes, he lost to Safin in the SF, but the 2005 AO version of Federer trumps the 2006 version) and 2007. He was pushed to the limits by Davydenko and Haas and looked to be more of the same from Kiefer and Baghdatis but both didn't have enough left in the tank. Big opportunities missed by all of these men.