Originally Posted by hoodjem
Laver may have been better than Fed on clay, but beating post-2005 Nadal at RG is still a very tough order for anyone.
Laver wrote about beating Rosewall in the finals of the 1969 FO: "He had his shot at me in the final of the French, but I played the clay court match of my life and avoided the treatment he gave Lew [at Forest Hills in 1956]."
In 1969 Laver played a great all-court match, taking the net and being aggressive whenever possible. Rosewall was very fast, but so is Nadal. This strategy may shock Nadal for a while, but I'm not sure that taking the net on clay is a great strategy with present racquets and strings.
It would be tough and that is why I would favor Nadal against Laver on red clay. I could see Laver getting Nadal out of position and you know he would feel that he would have to make sure the volleys are very penetrating at least to hurt Nadal. The pressure to make the perfect volley would probably lead to more errors.