Originally Posted by NadalAgassi
He was also the #15 seed. Djokovic only started to join the real upper echelon that summer. Anyway Djokovics prime is looking to be 2011-2015 or 2016 (with his peak years being 2011 and one or two years not yet known), so Federer was right in his prime and Djokovic a good 4 years from the start of his, and several months before even being a top 10 player for the first time at the time of that match. Even the 2008 Australian Open was Federer only barely past his **** designated prime, and Djokovic 3 years from the start of his, and Djokovic spanked him good (of course the mono excuse, yada yada).
Djokovic was in the top 10 for the first time on March 19th 2007. So since Djokovic and Federer played at the 2007 AO on January 21st your "several months" doesn't even turn out to be 2 LOL. The rankings didn't matter btw. Since the beginning of 2007 Djokovic was playing like a top 5 player, him getting to the top 5 was just a matter of time.
And Djokovic was definately at the start of his prime. He lost at the AO to Federer, lost in Dubai to Federer (even took a set), lost in the Indian Wells final to Nadal, then beat Nadal in Miami to take the title and since then reached the FO semis (lost to Nadal), Wimbledon semis (lost to Nadal) and he's been top 4 ever since. You don't achieve it when you're not in your prime.
And stop jumping to conclusions, Djokovic's prime will probably be 2007-2014 just like every other player in history has an 8-year prime period like Federer in 2003-2010, Nadal in 2005-2012, Sampras in 1993-2000 etc.