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Old 05-15-2014, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default is this the weakest clay field ever?

it looks like a trainwreck out there

Nadal @ 2% will still scoop Masters left and right.

the field is so weak it hurts, remember the late 90s? Muster, Guga, Corretja, Mantilla, Rios, Agassi, Ferrero etc etc

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Old 05-15-2014, 03:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

I don't know, but leaving Moya off your list hurts my soul.
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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

It's not only the weakest clay field but the weakest field ever in general imo.
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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

Definitely not, given that the general level of tennis is much higher than in previous eras, but yes, it is comparatively weak considering how well the top players of today usually play. They all seem to suck right now. They would still eat the clay specialists of the 90's for breakfast though.
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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

When Nadal can only beat Niahikori on clay due to a withdrawal, we know it is a weak clay era. Some Nadal fans actually celebrated that win which proves even they know how awful he is. Weakest clay era ever. Novak at 1% nearly beat Nadal playing an incredible match at last years FO. The stats give me so much life!
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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

Yet, they didn't whine about immature robredo, gaudio, gonzalez, baby youzhny, davydenko, moya, safin, hewitt, ljubicic, dick, etc begging to lose in 2003-2006. Fed sympathizers didn't complain because he was handed the free coupling with nadal in finals.

The last 6 years, melzer, montanes, haas, youzhny, gulbis, volandri and djoker won titles or did well against clown fed.

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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

Its generally a weak field. Not just clay. The generation after Nadal, Murray and Djokovic was just never to be found. When Dimitrov, Raonic and Nishikori is the best of them, its a pretty damn weak field. Nobody stepping up. Hopefully the generation after 1995 steps it up in 2 years a so.
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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

Huh?

The clay field hasn't been the same since Roddick retired, imho.
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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

It's petty weak. But hey, atleast we've got Clayray.
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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

Clay is faster and hard courts slower, so we don't exactly have a "clay field", we just have good and bad players everywhere.
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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

This year is weak. But no worry guys it is only an exception. Will not be surprised the 2015 Nadull and 2015 Joker are better than the 2014 ones
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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

We will get the answer at RG. If Dull wins RG, then yes.
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We will get the answer at RG. If Dull wins RG, then yes.
This. In his current form, he should NOT win RG. If he does, we'll know that this field is a complete and utter joke of a trainwreck.
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Default Re: is this the weakest clay field ever?

Clearly, fed was in the stronger era when he lost to gaudenzi. He has only one early loss the last 3 years, so he fought hard against such weak nadal and Djoker efforts.

Fwiw, here's Federer's 0-for-15 record at Foro Italico:

2000 - A. Medvedev, 2nd round
2001 - W. Ferreira, 3rd round, straight sets
2002 - A. Gaudenzi, 2nd round, straight sets
2003 - F. Mantilla, finals, straight sets
2004 - A. Costa, 3rd round
2005 - Withdrew due to back pain
2006 - R. Nadal, finals
2007 - F. Volandri, 3rd round, straight sets
2008 - Radek The Worm, quarters, straight sets
2009 - N. Djokovic, semis
2010 - E. Gulbis, 2nd round
2011 - R. Gasquet, 3rd round
2012 - N. Djokovic, semis
2013 - R. Nadal, finals
2014 - J. Chardy, 2nd round
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