Yeah, Rome is the fastest clay in the world. I remember a couple years ago Andy said that Rome plays faster than Houston and that the surface is even better for him than Houston's. So yeah, in terms of the surface yea.
It will be James's first time back to Rome since his accident there 2 years ago. So, I don't know if that will affect him at all, probably not but hard to say. I imagine it will be odd for him to be back there.
I dunno, with there only being 16 seeds and mostly top 50 players in the draw, there's a good chance for them to draw a good clay player in the first or second round - they could get a Moya, Safin, Massu, Volandri, Andreev, Acasuso, Serra, Horna, etc... in the first round or two. So I definitely think their success will be determined in large part by the luck of the draw.
Originally Posted by ExpectedWinner
Fish will beat Nadal in the final that will last 6.5 hr
he's playing a challenger in the US on green clay instead