Originally Posted by abmk
and we're back to the square one .....
plus is it not possible that those 2 players are just that much better than the rest of the field rather than the depth being "bad" ?
The "mental strength" of the players is also influenced by whom they play/when they play ..... it isn't black and white ..
Take Nadal or Djokovic: How many past GS winners have they had to face? Hewitt was hampered with injuries,Roddick and Ferrero , I´ll give you that, Safin was completely out of form from the middle 2000´s...now, their greatest opposition, other than Federer, have been the likes of Murray ( talented but very weak),Ferrer ( a decent journeyman),Berdych and Soderling,Tsonga.None of them ( except for the astonishing win of Del Potro in 2009) never won a major title.
Look, guys like Orantes,Panatta,Gerulatis,Tanner were not even in the top 10 of the 1970´s decades ranking U( if we had to pick the top ten of that decade as a whole)...yet they were able to win majors and top players like Borg,Connors,Newcombe respected them.It is simply out of any possible comparison.