Is anyone here arguing that Fed's era was not weak??? Babb, don't change the line of discussion
Fed's ERA wasn't weak, the ERA between the time Sampras was about finished and Fed's starting is known to be weak.
All those players in Fed's ERA were outclassed by Fed so didn't win many titles.
Then Nadal came around and cleaned up the rest.
Between Fed and Nadal no one looked very good, only Nadal was beating Fed and hardly anyone else.
Now there's only Djokovic and Nadal cleaning up the titles for two years now.
The ERA looks strong because Fed's in there and winning now and then but has won no slams.
Murray has won no slams.
If it weren't for Fed's past record the ERA now would look to be a two man race and a very weak ERA.
No ones challenging the top two hardly, how is that a strong ERA?
your man del potro ripped nadal and fed back to back to win a slam........which of the 2003-2006 spartans achieved such a feat? you fedfans are just funny........
the era looks strong not just because fed's in there, but because two of fed's colleagues can match him anywhere and are being deemed as all time greats along with him.......
one can always play the oldness card but the facts remain that fed is still bringing his best tennis to slams, dispatching away opponents as casually as he did in his so called prime but is not able to add to his tally only because of nadal and djokovic........
DelPo is a strange animal no doubt.
And Fed's still Fed, he has so many weapons that are fine tuned with endurance to go the distance.
But not only has he lost some speed, concentration through the match, forehand isn't as reliable, serve goes off at times to name a few things.
Easy to forget those things, there were times the crowd would gasp when he started missing some relatively easy forehands, don't you remember that?
What that means is his game dropped, what was a sure winner isn't anymore.
Many say Fed is still so good, he is but not like before when a match was filled with OMG shots.
When was the last time you saw a video of great Fed shots? Think about it Shanks.