Originally Posted by TORaptor4Ever
Not to turn this into a tennis thread but....
Fed's won 10 slams since 2006... which is when Rafa won his first French Open title (and was around the time when Novak started to really emerge).
He's also been Runner-up 7 at slams times in that same span.
Between 2003 and 2006 when he was "playing against nobodies" he won slams against Agassi, Hewitt and Roddick (twice).
And lastly.... he's been dominant for the last decade on EVERY surface. He's not just a hard court guy... or a clay court specialist.
If he's not the best ever (and this is something that EVERY tennis pro and analyst acknowledges at this point) I'd like to know who is.
Ferrer isn't a nobody. But neither he nor Agasi, nor Hewitt, nor Roddick come close to what Nadal, Djokovic and Murray can do. They weren't even as good as the current second tier. And the second tier then was just whoever. Getting through a tournament was a lot easier. Agasi could get to Finals just by being in great shape and outlasting people. Now playing 4-5 hours of insanely physical tennis, with very little decrease in the quality of play at the end, is almost expected. You can't tell me there is a comparison in the overall quality of the game, particularly with regard to the sheer physicality throughout matches. But I am saying it's also damn hard to take what we see today at face value.