Originally Posted by Olao
Deivid, am I wrong here? I've been told he grew up on the clay courts of Valencia and he's solid on clay. Doesn't that legitimize the expression "clay court specialist", not ignoring that he can do well on Hard ?
Nope, his tennis club is Valencia Club de Tenis but he didn´t grow up in Valencia´s clay, he played in Madrid almost all the time, even went to Barcelona a couple of years ago. He plays well on clay and has had the better results there, but he should do better on hard courts as the faster it gets the bigger harm his strokes can do. Pepo Clavet, his current coach, has labelled him as a "hard court player with clay court "apoyos" " -don´t know the English word, but he refers to the way he moves and he places his feet and body to hit some of his shots-. I agree with that definition and only his brain and his lazy footwork are preventing him from doing much better on faster conditions than he has currently done.