'Pushing' is the most overused word on TF.
I think he deserves a slam. One slam final and three semis this year alone is impressive by any standard. He didn't win one yet, but there are plenty of past slam champs who probably wouldn't have gotten past todays holy trinity either. It's just very, very hard for anyone else to win one because those top three guys really play tennis from another planet.
Though I don't totally disagree with you,I'm gonna give you another perspective.You prob'ly don't watch the NFL,but I'm a big Baltimore Ravens fan.We have fierce rivalries with every team in our division,but two of those teams--the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers--are older franchises and have hated each other for decades...partly due to geographical proximity.
The Steelers are a superb franchise that's won multiple Super Bowls,and the Browns SUCK...and I don't mean that they suck just a little bit.They play twice a year and Pitt. usually wins yet,no matter how lousy they might be,the Browns occasionally 'man up' and find a way to beat the Steelers-sometimes even in crucial games where Pitt. needs a victory...that's what makes Murray and Verdasco--who are two of MANY--so pathetic,IMO(isn't FV like 0-36 H2H vs. Nadal?
).Those two guys are FAR more talented than the clown-college Browns,yet you could bet your life savings that they'll roll over passively,98% of the time,in Slam matches vs. The Triumvirate.US HCs are Rafa's weakest surface by a long shot,and Murray couldn't even make it close...couldn't take a set.Del Potro is no legend by any means;however he 'manned up' and broke through in 2009.You're right that there've been some unremarkable Slam champs(Hewitt and Gaudio in the ATP and Ivanovic in the WTA).Still,though this might sound caveman-ish
...you have to reach down inside and show you're a man at some point,and the ATP is filled with weak men(see sig below) whom you wouldn't want backing you up in an alley fight
.The gap between Nole,Rafa,Fed and the rest of the ATP Top 10 is actually greater than the gap between #4 and #104
Hang your heads in shame, Brits, for being a nation of cowards who won't even protect their own children. UKP=United Kingdom of Pedophiles
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Ste. Kim, we didn't have you for long enough, but we appreciate what you gave us