Bandabou, Alfa was probably trying to win some ground the otherway. I've been on this board a while now, and the number of times that past champions' achievements have been dismissed out of hand because of lack of competition, or couldn't stand the pace of today is staggering.
All of us here have had to defend past champions at one stage ot another, and I think that Alfa is making the point that (quite rightfully) Graf certainly would be able to compete today.
It is my personal opinion that the game overall lack variety. Many of the top players play the same game. They are almost without exception hardhitting baseliners. That doesn't make them mindless bashers of the ball, but a match between Serena and Linsday, Venus and Jen, Myskina and Dementieva....who can tell the difference? And I think that you can't deny that the artistry has by and large been bludgeoned out of the game.
At the various stages of Venus, Serena, Lindsay, Hingis etc, their fans proclaimed that they were so much better than champions of the past, but based on their short period of dominance. These players are all great players, but what was happening was that you were comparing 18 months to 2 years of play against retired palyers' entire career. For example, when Venus won 2 straight Wimbeldons (which is a magnificent achievement), people were saying that she would have double-bagelled Chris on grass, all else being equal. Now a few years on, is this really still the case? Venus's 2 Grasscourt GS still trail 5 grasscourt GS, and her 2 or 3 other Wimbeldon finals is still a long way short of Chris's 7 Wimby finalist places. You need to compare players' entire careers.
Out of this generation, I think that Serena is in a league of her own, then Hingis and Venus together at the next level, then Lindsay, JHH and Cappy. I think everyone else has still yet to prove their mettle. Yes, even the Russians that won their first GS this year, and definitely Cljisters and Mauresmo have a lot to prove still, and I think that you can only judge their true greatness by considering an entire career, and not a good couple of years............