Of course it's not the same. But even allowing for all of the end of year factors, his performance is very impressive and indicative of someone destined for a higher ranking. It's a sign he has potential to be a top player, not evidence that he will be one.
I don't think it is really about GS v 3 set matches. It is more about the fact that this competition has been a compete farce, so far. I just don't think you can make any real judgements on any bodies performance, be it ND, Murray or Tsonga et al. Much less JJ. Look at Tomic for example, isn't he supposed to be the next best thing? Yet his performance has been average this year. Yes JJ has done well, but the situation is so peculiar I am really not sure just how much can be read into it. If he wins tomorrow it I am sure it will be one of those odd sports questions for pub quizzes. To put it another way, lets not panic yet. Murray gave him that match, as did Tipsaravic.
Remember Tomic at Wimbledon terrific run and took a set off Nole, where is he now. I think we need to wait and see how JJ progresses once the other players read his game. He is undoubtably a talent, but it takes more than talent to reach the top 10 and stay there. He has been very lucky in Paris because of the WTF and the top seeds are no longer there with the exception of Ferrer. Poor Ferrer if he wins the tournament he'll be exhausted for his matches in London.
All of this. ^^ Well said.
How about we wait and see how he does next year before making sweeping statements about how he's going to rule tennis because of one good tournament where none of the top players are remotely bothered about winning?
Clearly a talented player, but f**k me, this is his first remotely good tournament in his career, and he's nearly 22. Look at any of the top 8 and where they were at that age. And not to mention his consistency, which based on this year, I would say is non-existent.
I bet he loses in R1 at the AO, and given that he'll probably now be seeded there, I might well put money on it.