Now I'm not disputing the comment....
But I see very few players actually change their game when on different surfaces. Guys like Ferrer, Robredo, Moya etc do the same.
And unless my eyes deceive me, players like Djokovic and Blake play exactly the same way on clay as they do on hard.
The only guy I'd say who possibly changes his game depending on the surface is Federer, I guess that's credit to his variation.
No, you are completly right. the thing is, nobody ever claims those other guys changes their style. With Rafa, all you hear in the media whenever he has a great wimbledon run or whenever he wins a hardcourt tourney. "Wow! look, he actualy changed his forehand patern 2 centimeters to the left and added 1 grade of topsin to make the ball land faster and feel heavier to the opponent's racket! he made a ridiculous change, he is adapting to every surface!"
So naturaly, after hearing people get on his nuts that badly, its logical people with common sense will come out of the woodwork and state the obvious. Rafa is just so good at clay that his game translates well to other surfaces. cos he is an animal. simple as that. but he does not change one fucking thing. he just runs more, gets more tired, gets more injured and sucks a bit more
Also, Rafa draws from momentum, he does well in wimbledon because he comes from wining the french open and a spectacular clay season. and thats how he is, he draws a lot from his confidence, which is why soon after loosing in wimbledon, he sucks for the rest of the season and the begining of next season until clay starts again.
And yea, Federer is the only player who visibly, to any 5 year old who has never seen tennis in his life. changes his style while playing clay. he starts sliding and runing more and taking it easier with the ball, playing a more paced game.