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3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

I know they are the 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the world but...Roger Federer isnt a claycourt player, he likes much more grass and hard. Ljubicic is playing better in clay, but it is definitly not his best surface. I think and easy draw help him to be in semis. Nalbandian is from Argentina and 90% of the courts there are clay, but he played all his life in a hard court in his town and he said in public that he prefer hard courts than clay.
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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

I would say Roger and david can very reasonably be called claycourters based both on their upbringing and results on clay in the last several years
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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

David and Roger are both very good on all surfaces. Therefore, title is slightly deceptive. Only Ivan is not a claycouter.

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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

I guess he meant "clay court specialists"

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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

Surely three of the four players produce their best results on other surfaces.

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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

So what? It's obvious that Roger and Nalby prefer to play on hard but that doesn't make them alien to the dirt.

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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

it just means that they´re very good
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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

Similar to the semi-final line-up ten years ago.
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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

Good to see - I've thought it a shame that the French Open has tended to produce wildly different results to the other slams. It's great to see truly all-court players as contenders for all the slams.
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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

The true clay court players have sucked for a long time now, not suprised that the all rounded players are doing well on the dirt (Fed and Nalby)

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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

Well, Nalbandian won the majority of his titles on clay (not the most important one, though), and is for the second time of his career in SF of Roland-Garros (whereas he made the SF "only" once in each other GS), so results-wise clay is probably his best surface. But honestly, this guy is equally good on all surfaces.

As for Ljubicic, he made at least the QF in all three master series on clay + RG, which few active players have made, and he said in an interview yesterday that he prefers clay to grass and even outdoor hardcourts. The only surface where he's really really more at ease than on clay is indoor harcourts/carpet.

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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

Whether or not he's a claycourter, Fed is still the second best player on clay in the world And Nalbandian is probably top 5 these days

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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

All 4 of the top 4 players can play on clay while only 3 of them can play on other surfaces...

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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

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All 4 of the top 4 players can play on clay while only 3 of them can play on other surfaces...
Once again, Rafa's Master's series titles must not have happened....was it all just a dream?

Yes- Nadal has not progressed far in other GS- but I think his hard court titles show that he "can play" on a surface besides clay. In fact- he beat two of the semifinalists in finals on non-clay surfaces. I think the fact that Rafa has four titles on hard show that he "can play" on that surface.

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Re: 3 of 4 semifinalist of RG are not claycourt players

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Once again, Rafa's Master's series titles must not have happened....was it all just a dream?

Yes- Nadal has not progressed far in other GS- but I think his hard court titles show that he "can play" on a surface besides clay. In fact- he beat two of the semis in finals on non-clay surfaces.
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