Originally Posted by zagor
Oh hardy, har har, such razor sharp wit.
Two and a half years of playing at your best is still better than a single year and some change and being in massive decline, having no BH, WTA serve, being old etc. at the age of 24.
Personally, I've always been of the belief that the shorter your prime/peak, the more talented of a player you are.
Safin's peak was September 2000 and January 2005. No player could beat that Safin. I've never cared about consistency. If you've worked in a factory for 30 years, that doesn't make you a great worker. It just makes you reliable. If you worked in a factory for a year and then became the boss and radically improve the company in a month and then retire to your yacht and Mercedes, then you're a great worker. You've done more in that month than the roughneck has done his entire career.