Originally Posted by Federerhingis
Yeah low bounce exposes his lack of flexibility, his height becomes a big disadvantage. Safin was an exception he could bend pretty low and was incredibly athletic for his height. However, Potro is almost 6-7'' you can't really blame him for this.
Cincy is the only decently paced court out there, and London can be quick too, the low bounce makes it appear quicker paced.
del potro does not have the natural talent of safin, obviously
whether he'll end up with the better career remains to be seen
Originally Posted by Mark Lenders
He should do well in the clay Masters, I think, especially Madrid where he usually plays well.
Cincy is the most suited hardcourt Masters for him imo, IW and Miami are annoyingly slow. He can play well on all surfaces though; he can adapt his power game to any given conditions. Against the top guys though, a fast court is always preferrable, on slow/medium courts guys like Djokovic and Murray can frustrate him big time with their defense. Some of Djokovic's defensive gets in their US Open match, while quite spectacular, would have been downright impossible in a proper fast hardcourt.
don't agree. SF this year in cincy is an aberration. it's too fast and low bouncing for him to play naturally there. shouldn't focus on it too much
still think indian wells is the most natural hard court masters for him, bounce is just right, court is not too slow or fast. mimai is way slower than indian wells, no surprise he's not as good there
as for madrid, shouldn've never moved from indoors. should've never changed from stuttgart, even. its a masters, but looks and acts like a 250
he doesn't play monte carlo. that leaves rome, can't see him winning there; djokovic loves it, and he's a death match up for him
obviously US Open is far slower than what it used to be. del potro and nadal wouldn't be winning it at the proper 90s/early 2000s speed. djokovic might, depends how he served