Originally Posted by pc1
But there are also questions on how good Nadal was when he was starting to beat Federer on clay. Nadal was a teen when he was defeating Federer on red clay. My opinion is that Nadal is a superior player on clay now to his teen years. I think he has a better serve, backhand, volley and he hits harder. So how do we judge Federer's performances against Nadal in the early days when he would on occasion defeat Nadal on clay?
As far as the great clay players of all time here are some candidates in no order.
Rosewall-Rosewall won a ton of French Pros, many of them on red clay at Roland Garros. He also won the French Champions (now the French Open) as an amateur and the first French Open in 1968 over Rod Laver. And you can add a lot of other top clay tournaments that he won.
And Vilas ? Stronger than Muster, Kuerten or Brugera !