Handwringerering is using up all their energy.
I have/had Fed as 2nd best player on clay, though Nole now has those honors.
They're confused as to whether to call this weak era, etc., lest they undermine an improbable Fed RG triumph which is very, very possible with the Bull teetering on hard decline.
Rome is going to be very, very interesting. Madrid was amazing; ripping the whole clay field open.
2015-2016 clay era we had:
and then things fell off a cliff.
2019 Strongest eraerer everer on clay:
Plus some very nice dark horses; Fognini, Medvedev
Then maybe a high quality just below this:
Garin - two tournaments and a final on clay so far this year (Geneva next)
Berritini - huge clay serve game that should work at slams
Pella - slam stamina now, but maybe not quite enough serve game
Wawrinka is still around and wants a last big run, but knees may not allow it. Also have clay sensations Ruud (54% points won) and Davidovich Fokina
who could pull some upsets, but not ready to handle rigors of going deep at slam though Ruud does have the serve efficiency
Its just loaded, so the Frauderista weakeraists have steam coming out of their ears right now.
The familiar pigeons of the past are gone with Ferrer retired and I guess we had Soderling as the only other clay playerer of any significance. Field is loaded this year and lots of fresh faces.