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Weak clay era or Rafa clay beast

  • It is a very weak clay era

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  • Rafa is a beast on clay

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Weak Clay era.
 

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This is a moderate clay era, not weak and not too strong either. The HC field is stronger than the clay field for sure.

That said Nadal is truly a clay beast and the GOAT clay courter and he would have dominated this surface in ANY era.
 

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Even if you hate Nadal, his peak tennis on clay was 10X better than anyone.
 

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There may be the less specialists and depth than before, but Rafa's main rivals over the years - Fed and Nole - are better and more consistent than almost everybody from previous eras. There are also others who had extremely good moments on clay, like Delpo, Soderling, and this year it may be Wawa.

So it's little bit of both, but it's much more that Claydal is a beast than the other - this is far from the weak era. Peak Dull is easily better on clay than anybody ever, and he is also more consistent than any clay champ before him.
 

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There may be the less specialists and depth than before, but Rafa's main rivals over the years - Fed and Nole - are better and more consistent than almost everybody from previous eras. There are also others who had extremely good moments on clay, like Delpo, Soderling, and this year it may be Wawa.

So it's little bit of both, but it's much more that Claydal is a beast than the other - this is far from the weak era. Peak Dull is easily better on clay than anybody ever, and he is also more consistent than any clay champ before him.
Exactly Nole and Federer are both great clay courters.
 

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Unhealthy obsession :lol:
 

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Weak Clay Era NID. People say Fed and Djoker are great claycourters, which is true. But Fed has a matchup issue while Djoker in his early years suffered from physical issues. Dull simply took advantage of that to steal a positive H2H. Not to mention both Djoker and Fed are much better players on HCs. They play their best tennis outside of clay, where dull escaped in order to preserve his most highly valued H2H.
 

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A comparatively weak clay era. Still, the way things are panning out, I'm not sure Nadal is the best on clay any more. We shall see! :)
 

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Weak Clay Era NID. People say Fed and Djoker are great claycourters, which is true. But Fed has a matchup issue while Djoker in his early years suffered from physical issues. Dull simply took advantage of that to steal a positive H2H. Not to mention both Djoker and Fed are much better players on HCs. They play their best tennis outside of clay, where dull escaped in order to preserve his most highly valued H2H.
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If one of the top players is known as Clayray it's probably a weak clay era.

But frankly Delpo and Soderling was two prime clay players but both has had so many problems. This era needed them healthy because Federer has his matchup problems and Djokovic usually doesn't face Dull until the final. Clayray is Clayray and hasn't even reached a clay final. Almagro and Ferrer? Some light has been found but sadly both of them were slaves under Nadal for a long time.
 

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Nadal certainly is one of the greatest clay court players of all time but probably would not dominate as much against, Rosewall, Laver, Trabert, Gonzalez or Borg using their rackets, not having constant toweling down, sit downs, medical time outs etc.. There was a time when play was CONTINUOS. Players tday are great too, but they are much more pampered than in pre historic tennis.
 

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Nadal certainly is one of the greatest clay court players of all time but probably would not dominate as much against, Rosewall, Laver, Trabert, Gonzalez or Borg using their rackets, not having constant toweling down, sit downs, medical time outs etc.. There was a time when play was CONTINUOS. Players tday are great too, but they are much more pampered than in pre historic tennis.
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Definitely a combination of both factors. Nadal is one of the greatest players on clay and it is definitely not a strong clay era. When Federer is considered the second best along with Djokovic, it's a pretty sad clay era. It's by far Federer's weakest surface and Djokovic is a better HC player as well.

Agree with the part about today's players being pampered. Oh no the great Nadal does not like blue clay. Oh no it's raining too much for him to continue playing when the other player has the momentum. Oh no I need more than 25 seconds to rest since I just played that 30 shot rally. Oh no this guy is getting in the zone and red-lining his shots, let me just take a convenient medical time out to break his rhythm... :worship:
 

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Weak Clay Era NID. People say Fed and Djoker are great claycourters, which is true. But Fed has a matchup issue while Djoker in his early years suffered from physical issues. Dull simply took advantage of that to steal a positive H2H. Not to mention both Djoker and Fed are much better players on HCs. They play their best tennis outside of clay, where dull escaped in order to preserve his most highly valued H2H.
This. no more needed to be said
 
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