Djokovic: Competition much stronger now than five years ago


Hall of Fame
There's a disconnect between fans and players on this topic. Fans look at it in terms of how resumes compare or what their eyes tell them when they watch on TV, whereas the players look at it from a perspective of how difficult it is to play against opponents. Novak says as much in that quote: "...[they make] our lives a bit more difficult on the court." This is a standpoint that casual fans like us simply cannot directly appreciate; all we can do is either take the player at their word or believe their intuitions are wrong. There are maybe some good reasons to reject their intuitions, but there are some bad ones, too.

Third Serve

Talk Tennis Guru
2014 was a good year and fairly underrated on the whole, but yeah 2009 is close to the top as far as the last 20 years are concerned.