Originally Posted by timnz
Federer has a slightly better French open record having been in 1 more final, but Vilas won the US open on clay, so perhaps he could be considered slightly ahead on clay majors ie federer 1 win of 5 clay major finals and Vilas 2 wins out of 5 clay major finals. Coupled with 5 wins at masters 1000 level (only 1 less than Federer) then there isn't a lot in it. Forget about Vilas' small clay titles, at clay slam and masters level they are almost exactly the same with Vilas being slighly ahead in the clay slams and Federer slighly ahead in the Clay masters. Vilas by a nose?
Vilas had the opportunity to play 2 clay majors for a period in his prime. Federer never had that opportunity. It is like saying Nadal is better on hard courts than Federer on clay since he won 2 hard court majors. Also like putting Jimmy Connors on par with a 3 time Roland Garros finalist and 1 time Roland Garros winner today since he won a U.S Open and made 3 straight U.S Open finals on green clay in the 2nd clay slam of the time, but if I ever did that people would laugh. So no I dont see that as an edge for Vilas.