Originally Posted by Flash O'Groove
If Federer is not a natural clay courter, and for this reason is little serious competition on clay, must we conclude that Rosewall, Trabert, Hoad and Lendl are natural clay courters, and therefor not natural grass or HC courters, and therefor are little serious competition on these surfaces?
There was great depth in clay court play in the 1950's, and also the 1970's and 1980's.
The ability to play clay has diminished since then among the top players, and only Fed and Ferrer have consistently challenged the big clay titles against Nadal.
Sampras didn't even bother to learn to play on clay, unlike, for example, Gonzales or Budge, who both won important clay events.
Rosewall, Trabert, and Hoad were great on all surfaces.