Originally Posted by Limpinhitter
Federer did so in an era of homoginized tennis surfaces lacking in clay court specialists. Having said that, I would consede that Federer might be near the top 20 greatest of all time on clay, even though his game was largely neutralized and less effective on clay. But, he was/is no Vilas, or Nastase.
Oh Fed's definitely not Vilas, he doesn't enter gazzilion mickey mouse CC tourneys and he actually makes a match out of it the majority of time he plays his CC GOAT nemesis on clay.
Fed lost in straights to Nadal on clay only 3 times, compared to Vilas receving around 10 straight set beatdowns from Borg on that surface.