Originally Posted by tguru
I think you confuse talent with "flashy" or "potential". I once watched him drill his topspin backhand and it couldn't hit water if it fell out of a canoe. He came to Tennis late and it showed.
Flashy or potential doesn't get you to finals of the French Open, US Open, and a champion at Wimbledon.
Flashy doesn't allow you to tear Muster and Rosset apart on clay, to outplay a peak Edberg or Becker, or to have a winning head to head record over Pete Sampras.
Your anecdote is pointless, because every player in the history of the game has had days where they are in poor form.