Since flying stated a thread regarding Federer I think this one would be appropriate as well as I think it has more merits than one for the 0 hard court slams in 2009 Federer. Even though Nadal is my favorite player and I am not even really a Del Potro fan I do think if Del Potro win the Masters Cup he would have to go down as the best hard court player of 2009. The U.S Open and Masters Cup would together trump Nadals Australian Open and Indian Wells titles, plus he has had the head to head edge vs Nadal on hard courts. Federer wouldnt have won anything bigger than Cincinnati on hard courts this year if he doesnt win here. Murray has owned Del Potro on hard courts head to head, but that doesnt matter with no title bigger than a Masters, and pathetic slam showings on the surface for 2009. Djokovic looks like he will probably be a close of so close but not quiet for most of the year on hard courts. I am very happy he atleast got a Masters in Paris though.