Here's something more interesting: Roger's comments on the American men and clay. I love that Roger's the No. 1 player in the world and he has to deal with questions about Andy and James
And I agree with his assessment that there's really no reason why Andy can't make it to the QFs with these draws he's been getting.
Q. Considering it's another tournament where there's no Americans in the second round here, no American men, what advice would you give to the United States Tennis Association to help remedy the problems we're having on clay?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, I don't know (smiling). I don't see it as a problem as serious as maybe you guys see it. The players, they know they can do good stuff here at the French Open. I really thought ?? actually, I believe if Andy would have been in good shape, I would have seen him at least in the quarters, honestly. You know, Blake beat a good player. Unfortunat ely, he lost today. I mean, they all know they can play on clay.
So I just think it's a matter of being able to back it up match after match, you know, giving yourself opportunit ies. And sometimes, you know, when you don't play enough clay court tournament s leading up to the French Open, that's hard to do. So maybe that's what they should be doing more often.
But, listen, I'm not going to start giving advice to the other players. They know what they've got to do for their games. I don't think the USTA has to do much.
Q. You think it's more bad luck than something systemic in the US?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, it's obvious that they all grow up on hard court because that's the surface they have in the States. The weather allows it, too. It's normal that they feel much more comfortable on hard courts. You have also other players now, you know, who can't play on hard courts because of the movement and everything.
I mean, you have to give the Americans a break, too. They didn't grow up on this stuff, but they can still play on it, they can still be dangerous. It's just maybe they're not the big favorites like they are elsewheres.