Originally Posted by rofe
he should play Monte Carlo and Rome
I agree about Rome, but Nadal will be there. I just don't think it'd be good for Roger, tactically atleast, to face Nadal. Let's say that he wins, okay and now you have to do it again in Paris. They will have prepared a strategy, though there is no real strategy against Roger, the same goes for Nadal on clay.
Rome is a faster clay court surface, so, for sure it would be good preparation. Actually, I don't think the courts at Roland Garros are that slow, they play quite fast in my opinion (look how the ball was skidding against Amalgro when Roger faced him) as opposed to the conditions against Nadal.
Clay is tough to figure out, Roger is already a clay-court specialist, I'm serious. He is. How many can beat Roger even on his weakest surface ? It's just preparation lacking here.