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Old 10-20-2012, 05:08 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by Mike Sams View Post
Nadal the natural dirtballer going back to what he does best. Only 4 non-clay Slams, 5 non-clay Masters, zero non-clay tournaments won in 2 years and counting and NEVER defended a non-clay title in his entire 10 year career. Nadal...the natural dirtballer. He can keep winning on his beloved clay but he'll never be as great as Sampras or Federer until he starts winning several more non-clay Slams. He has no chance in hell of ever winning a non-clay Masters by the looks of it. Nadal fluked the USO. Got a dream draw and a tired Djokovic in the final to secure the career Slam. No more non-clay Slams for Rafa. Dirtballer belongs on dirt.

The "only" is superfluous. Only 17 players in open era have 4 slam titles total and only 14 players have 4 off clay slam titles (including Rafa). Only 12 players have more than 5 masters off clay (counting old masters). So Rafa is in pretty good company overall.

Most master titles on hard/carpet (open era):
1- McEnroe: 17
2- Agassi: 16
3- Federer: 15
4- Connors: 14 (87 titles total on the surface)
5- Lendl: 14 ((64)
6- Becker: 13
7- Sampras: 10 (51)
8- Djokovic: 10 (25)
9- Murray: 8
10- Edberg: 7 (34)
11- Chang: 7 (30)
12- Borg: 7 (2
13- Roddick: 5 (22)
14- Safin: 5 (13)
15- Nadal: 5 (11)
16- Wilander: 5 (11)

Most slam titles on hard:
1- Federer: 9
2- Sanpras: 7
3- Agassi: 6
4- Lendl: 5
5- McEnroe: 4 (65 titles total on hard/carpet)
6- Djokovic: 4 (25)
7- Connors: 3 (87)
8- Becker: 3 (42)
9- Edberg: 2 (34)
10- Courier: 2 (1
11- Safin: 2 (13)
12- Nadal: 2 (11)
13- Wilander: 2 (11)
14- Rafter: 2 (7)

Most masters on clay:
1- Nadal: 16
2- Borg: 8 (30 clay titles)
3- Lendl: 8 (2
4- Vilas: 7 (46)
5- Nastase: 7 (31)
6- Muster: 6 (40)
7- Federer: 6 (10)
8- Orantes: 5
9- Kuerten: 4 (14)
10- Medvedev: 4 (9)
11- Wilander: 3 (20)
12- Connors: 3 (13)
13- Ferrero: 3 (13)
14- Rios: 3 (9)
15- Djokovic: 3 (7)

Most slams on clay:
1- Nadal: 7
2- Borg: 6
3- Lendl: 3
4- Wilander: 3
5- Kuerten: 3
6- Vilas: 2
7- Bruguera: 2
8- Courier: 2 (5)
9- Kodes: 2 (5)



At least Rafa leads in both categories on clay. Also Nadal and Wilander are the only players in open era who won more than 1 slam on all 3 surfaces: hard, clay and grass. And of course Laver, Agassi, Fed and Nadal are the only 4 with all 4 slams, Agassi and Nadal the only 2 with the golden slam.

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