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Soderling is best on clay 60 61.22%
Del Potro is best on clay 13 13.27%
I don't know 7 7.14%
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Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

Soderling, of course.
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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

Soderling: beat greatest clay courter of all time in Paris. Beat Federer last year. Made 2 consecutive RG finals with nightmare draw in '09.

Mug Potro: BS'd his way to single RG semi with easy draw. Got outlasted by an old man Federer playing worst clay tennis of his career.

Soderking >>>>>>>>> JMDP on clay, end of story. Not even close.
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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

Despite what I said in the other thread it's Söderling of course.

2 RG finals > 1 RG semi
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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

Soderling. He is older though, Delpo will have more chances to prove himself in the future.

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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

the answer is not easy because Del Potro didn't play French Open last year,

I think Delpo's footwork is better than Soderling on clay, he was semi-finalist in RG2009, solid performance against Federer, he is mentally stronger than Soderling on key points,

we must wait 2012 to know the answer to this question when Del Potro will recover his full level of game
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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

Soderling at RG of course. But if you look at their results outside RG, I think Delpo has the edge.

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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

don't forget that Soderling is not really a clay player, first and foremost he is an indoor player, an ace machine with flat powerfull forehand, that's why Soderling doesn't have much more titles on clay

a true clay player will use more topspin on his shots
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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

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don't forget that Soderling is not really a clay player, first and foremost he is an indoor player, an ace machine with flat powerfull forehand, that's why Soderling doesn't have much more titles on clay

a true clay player will use more topspin on his shots
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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

Delpo's game suits the surface better, and he could possibly make an FO final or two like Sod.
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And Del Potro is?
Del Potro learned tennis on clay in Argentina ( country where clay courts are the dominant surface )
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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

Soderling by far. He is more powerful than Del Potro and that helps on clay, especially in Soderling's case.
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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

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Del Potro learned tennis on clay in Argentina ( country where clay courts are the dominant surface )
Ace machine with a powerful forehand; you couldve been describing Del Potro just as easily.

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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

Im biased in this question, but i just cant see how anyone could think JMDP is better than Robin on clay. Ofc Del Potro can win a few matches vs him/make better results intermittently on clay, just not in the long run.


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Re: Who is best on clay? Soderling or Del Potro?

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Del Potro learned tennis on clay in Argentina ( country where clay courts are the dominant surface )
Söderling spent the summers playing on clay in Sweden, it's not like he has not seen a clay court before when he was learning the game.

How can someone say del Potro is better when he has hardly played on clay as a senior against a guy who has made 2 RG finals and some good results on clay before that.

del Potro may become better, but at this moment it's a dumb poll.

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