Which ATP player do you think has the potential to go from mediocre clay courter to dominating the clay courts?
Better mentality, sliding, better return. Saw the beginnings in the match against Henin RG2010, great results ever since 2011, especially since 2012.
It already happened on the men's side. Primarily through Soderling, but with guys like Del Potro and Berdych in some smaller capacity as well. Clay court tennis, or dirt-balling, used to be defined by things like stamina, defense, margin, and consistency. But then you have hitters like these, and on the woman's side, Sharapova. Players who can penetrate the court in a way their competition can't. As a result, they get that bit of extra time to set up behind the ball that clay court tennis typically offers, but they can hit players off the court all the same with the right point construction.Which ATP player do you think has the potential to go from mediocre clay courter to dominating the clay courts?
Exactly! I have always thought of Nishikori as a fast/indoors hardcourt specialist. He's more average (but still very good) or medium to slow courts, but they don't augment his game as much as fast hard courts because opponents can grind pts out and outlast him. Pity for the slowing of surfaces these days. I imagine that's why he's had decent to good results at Brisbane, Memphis and Tokyo, both of which are reasonably fast courts and even USO last year.I think Nishikori pulled a Sharapova. He was an average clay courter from 2008-2013. His best results were indoor or on fast hardcourts. Since last year, he transitionned to a world class clay courter. I think it's now his best surface.