Yet again we saw this week that Nadal cant make the final of a hard court tourney to meet Roger. How can Roger ever improve his h2h with Nadal if Nadal only make clay finals? But now they are in the same half of Cincy. Do you think this time he will make it? I think Roger will probably make semis, unless he tanks to rest. But will Nadal get past Berdych?
Well, Nadal has made every single HC MS1000 SF since Cinci last year, that means 6 out of 6 (I include indoor hard Bercy), some of which were played during a career low on his game, so I see little reason to doubt he has a pretty good chance of doing it again. You always seem to forget that, although Nadal is far weaker on hard than on clay or grass, he is very consistent on HC, systematically making the top 8 (QF) and most times the top 4 (SF) in HC tournaments. Since Cincy last year, he has made 4,025 points on HC, which is not exactly chicken-feed.
BTW, I would think 4 Wimby finals on a row, wining 2 of them, was enough for you to stop saying he only makes finals on clay, don't you think?
Nadal will never have a favourable H2H against Fed on HC, same way Fed will never have a favourable one on clay, with grass still being pretty much doubtful (I'm talking about H2H, not overall results).
I feel it is a homage for Rafa that he is nr1 by such a wide margin even without being first rate on the surface on which more big tournaments are played, it's a sign of his really huge dominance on clay and grass.