Don't be silly.
As bad as 2020 was, Novak's fans don't complain an AO, a Cincy, and a Rome title, and YE#1, in any year ever, much less during a pandemic.
The way he beat the red hot Medvedev in AO final? Sweet. That he leaves Federer behind in Total Weeks at World #1? Not bad.
The word I have in mind is not "awful".
It is not just "a player". It is Federer, whose decision about tennis gear, as well as Nadal's and Djokovic's I don't question. I only doubt those ATP players' choice of racquet who haven't won Career GS.
I'm interested to see how Novak performs in the last few chapters of Nadal's dominance at FO.
From 2012 to 2016, Novak played close to Nadal there (winning in 2015). He was so confident that he once said something like it would be his (and others'? ) job to keep Nadal from winning a 10th FO...
Does Federer +1200 mean if I bet $1 on him and he wins, I get $12 or 13 back? It is not a bad bet. Neither is Nadal +700.
In the most likely scenario, Nadal goes to London with a NEW GS record at 21 feeling super confident. And Federer super motivated to tie the record.
If he really said that, then he was lying.
By the end of 2010, everyone knew Nadal would surpass Federer in GS titles, and likely soon. And Federer won all of 1 Wimbledon from 2011 to 2016, six years because he didn't have a target?