Originally Posted by 1jackson2001
Ferrero is great hardcourt player for someone that was labelled as a "claycourter".
It is true that he is the best hard court player among the claycourters based on his hard court result last year. And of course that means nothing as most of the claycourters aren't really good on hardcourt. So calling him a great hardcourter among the claycourters is not quite a compliment, which I don't think you meant it to be anyway. And calling him a claycourter is just ignorant, although I do know you aren't the one who put the label on him.
Once again, it is those reporters who asked him in every interview about how he felt playing on hard court or how he felt not getting the recognition as player who can play on hard court. All he does is answering them and putting up the results. So he's not the best hardcourter just yet, but his hardcourt result improved a lot recently and you can't say he's not trying. If he can't get the recognition until he wins a big hard court slam, so be it. No pain, no gain. In fact, he knows it, that's why he wants to win US Open. Even if you don't think he can do it one day, you have to admire his ambition, especially when we all know he is not as talented as someone like Federer and might have a real hard time beating him.
Johnny Mac once said he doesn't think Juan Carlos can succeed on hard court simply because he doesn't has the build for the concrete. He has a slight frame and plays a power game, hard court tends to tax his body a lot more than someone who has a great athletic body like Safin. Perhaps that is the reason why he has so many those minor injuries here and there, because those things do catch up on him. One can't control what they get from the nature. So as gifted as Federer, and Ferrero is just a little bit behind him in terms of result, that's not too shabby IMO.
Of course we all want our favorite to be as gifted as Federer or Safin, but if he isn't, we fans will just have to bite the bullet and take him as what he is.