Originally Posted by floridatennisdude
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Johnson only dropped 2 sets all year? I get that he didn't have a rival who could push him. But, is that his fault? Wasn't he just that much better than everyone?
I agree that Devarman was remarkable and I don't want to say that Johnson was better or anything. No one will ever know.
This rivalry issue just bugs me a little. Like when Fed was destroying the field, folks would say he played in a weak era. How does anyone know that? Would it have been better to drop a few matches to someone just to build up a rivalry? Nonsense. Beat em all.
What both Johnson/Devvarman accomplished in college is amazing. I don't want to say that one is better than the other.
The main rivals that Devvarman was beating in college (Kevin Anderson and Isner) have both ended up reaching the top 30 level as pros.
Johnson should be a successful pro, maybe even top 30 himself. Guys who have recently dominated at the college level seem to have done well in the pros.
As you mention, Johnson was head and shoulders above his competition. I'm just saying that I'm not sure any of the rivals Johnson played are destined for the top 50 or even the top 100. (Maybe Klahn if he can stay healthy). That's certainly not Johnson's fault. That 2007 season (Jesse Levine goes in there too) simply happened to be pretty special as far as the talent in college.