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Since the ATP Finals at least, it has been clear that Dominic has been able to deploy his full potential on hard courts. Of course he makes the adaptations necessary for different surfaces, so it's not as if his game is uniform, but ... and here's the thesis:

If he can now deploy all those tremendous groundstrokes quickly enough on fast courts, wouldn't there always be a bigger payoff on faster courts? It's not as if his game is built around defending or around attritional rallies.

In other words: if he's become fast enough to consistently express the full range of his talent on fast courts, then surely he has the bigger edge there, with clay courts offering less reward for more labour?

Are we seeing an inexorable shift that will see Dominic become dominant on HCs, and even grass, much more than he is on clay?

Arguably, that shift is almost complete; all it needs is for Dominic to realise it.
 

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You make some solid point. The match against Nadal at the US open in 2018 showed how dangerous he can be on hard. The problem for him might be his returning. I think he is ranked 22 by the ATP. He needs to get into the top 10, then he can possibly win a major on hard, this year or next year.
 

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He's way less consistent on Hard and has reached only one slam final (or SF) on there - in contrast to 4 SFs in a row at RG - where he beat Djokovic and took a set off Nadal.
He could do an Agassi, win his first major at an event no one expected him to. He is better on clay than on hard or grass, but his hardcourt game is improving so fast. By this time next year, he could have reached another major hardcourt final.
 
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