he has been wrecking his knees on hard courts ever since he was 17.
now the time has to come be extremely careful. but he is not going to listen to anybody way.
he has had an indoor hard court installed for him in mallorca so he can wreck his knees year around.
and i have seen zero improvements from him. zero. he had not won a title in nealry 11 months until he arrived in monte carlo.
so all that work on hard courts is producing exactly nothing but damaged knees.
it took clay to straighten out his ground game just in time to snatch that 7th RG title.
I'm conflicted on all this. You have to admire his dedication. He wants to keep improving and his weakness is hard courts, so he is trying to improve that part of his game at all costs (perhaps to his detriment). You can argue his time would be better spent staying healthy so he can win 10 RG titles. But that's not how he works. I don't think he'd be happy doing that because it would be him giving up . He likes challenges and he likes finding a way to overcome them.
It's frustrating in a way, but I think we need to realize that this part of his character (his single minded focus) is a huge reason why he has been this successful. It's his relentless focus and drive that is the main reason he has 7 RG titles. It's why he has a career grand slam. I'm not sure I'd want that part of him to change if I'm being honest. He's not clay warrior without it.