Originally Posted by debra ¡|:!
but IMO you can't compare. Because Federer does well in the events he shows up for. He's won Hamburg what, 3 times? The American guys struggle badly on clay and avoid the season as long as they can. Mind you I don't thik it's that big a deal that they don't play Monte Carlo (even though I think it's horrendously embarrassing for US mens tennis), but I don't think you can compare them to Fed and Rafa (who only didn't play Hamburg last year b/c he'd won a bunch of tourneys in a row and won a 5hour Rome final...). I think it's a different situation when you need to pull out of one b/c you played a lot of matches and when you pull out of one just b/c you don't want to play - the situations aren't comparable IMO.
My point Deb is that, you can't play them all. Whether you play the first two or the last two, you can't play them all. I suppose if you really wanted to improve your game on clay you would, like Federer is trying to do.
Meanwhile, I just watched the 2005 Cinnci highlights on master series tv...man that was a good tourny for Andy. What a win over Hewitt...Andy was fired up bigtime. Too bad he got injured in that final, he really had a chance to post a win against Fedex.