There's literally tonnes of clay court specialists... the problem is their strengths are usually not the type of things that trouble Novak or Rafa.Well, I suppose there are no grass court specialists left - and who among players would you describe as a clay court specialist these days? What do they "specialise" in - hard courts?
In 2023 when at least one of the 2 (likely) have more slams than Federer, I think the haters will be willing to give you Federer's "brilliance" between 04-07. They might even concede that Roddick should have been a 12-slam player...
The fallacy in your argument is what would be known as a false equivalence. One does not necessitate the other. Would you agree @Unbiased?
One does not equal the other. The issue with 04-07 for Federer isn't that their weren't good players around, but that he had no truly great players around to contend with him. This is obvious when you consider the fact that guys like Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro and Tsonga all started to catch up to him and beat him before he even turned 30 and they started to reach their primes.