Looking at the results of the 4 big claycourt events(Hamburg, Monte Carlo, Rome, French Open) since 1990, there has never been a year in which the same 2 finalists contested more than 2 of those finals in one year(& only 3 times did they even do that-'97 Rome & Monte Carlo w/Rios & Corretja, '00 French/Rome w/Norman & Kuerten, '05 Monte Carlo/Rome w/Nadal & Coria) Now, for the 2nd straight year, Nadal & Fed contest 3 major claycourt finals? and they get to those finals relatively untested? 2 guys playing 6 out of the 8major clay finals in a 2 year period? compare some of the draws of past FO champs & tell me that the claycourt field is as deep as ever today. I put the best FO results of some of the players & their claycourt MS count next to their name. Nadal 2007 R128 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG) R64 Cipolla, Flavio (ITA) R32 Montanes, Albert (ESP) R16 Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS) Q Moya, Carlos (ESP) 1 FO, 2 MS S Djokovic, Novak (SRB) W Federer, Roger (SUI) 2 FO RU Costa 2002 R128 Gasquet, Richard (FRA) R64 Davydenko, Nikolay (RUS) FO SF R32 Gaudenzi, Andrea (ITA) R16 Kuerten, Gustavo (BRA) 3 FO, 4 clay MS Q Canas, Guillermo (ARG) S Corretja, Alex (ESP) 2 FO RU, 1 MS W Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP) 1 FO, 3 clay MS 1998 Moya R128 Grosjean, Sebastien (FRA) FO SF R64 Imaz-Ruiz, Jose (ESP) R32 Ilie, Andrew (AUS) R16 Knippschild, Jens (GER) Q Rios, Marcelo (CHI) 4 MS S Mantilla, Felix (ESP) 1 MS W Corretja, Alex (ESP) 2 FO RU, 1 MS Kuerten 1997 R128 Dosedel, Slava (CZE) R64 Bjorkman, Jonas (SWE) R32 Muster, Thomas (AUT) 1 FO, 6 MS R16 Medvedev, Andrei (UKR) FO RU, 4 MS Q Kafelnikov, Yevgeny (RUS) 1 FO, 1 MS RU S Dewulf, Filip (BEL) W Bruguera, Sergi (ESP) 2 FO, 2 MS 1995 Muster R128 Solves, Gerard (FRA) R64 Pioline, Cedric (FRA) FO SF, 1 MS R32 Costa, Carlos (ESP) MS RU R16 Medvedev, Andrei (UKR) FO RU, 4 clay MS Q Costa, Albert (ESP) 1 FO, I MS S Kafelnikov, Yevgeny (RUS) 1 FO, 1 MS RU W Chang, Michael (USA) 1 FO 1993 Bruguera R128 Leconte, Henri (FRA) R64 Champion, Thierry (FRA) R32 Larsson, Magnus (SWE) FO SF R16 Meligeni, Fernando (BRA) FO SF Q Sampras, Pete (USA) FO SF, 1 MS S Medvedev, Andrei (UKR) FO RU, 4 MS W Courier, Jim (USA) 2 FOs 1992 Courier R128 Kroon, Nicklas (SWE) R64 Muster, Thomas (AUT) 1 FO, 6 MS R32 Mancini, Alberto (ARG) 1 MS R16 Medvedev, Andrei (UKR) FO RU, 4 MS Q Ivanisevic, Goran (CRO) 2 MS RU S Agassi, Andre (USA) 1 FO, 1 MS W Korda, Petr (CZE) I had forgotten how tough Costa's draw was in '02. And Medvedev, a 4 time clay ms winner, lost to the eventual champ at the French 6 times from '92-'99! Some topnotch claycourters back then. Great as Nadal & Fed are, I don't think it would be as easy to dominate the field on clay not too long ago. Some other examples of the depth: -in '98 Rios won Rome, Costa won Hamburg, & Moya won Monte Carlo. and they were all in the same quarter of the draw in Paris! Rios beat Costa in the 4R & lost to Moya in the QF. -Kuerten won both Monte Carlo & Rome in '99, but loses to Medvedev in the French QF(who makes the final that year) -1992 Muster wins Monte Carlo, Courier wins Rome. They play in the 2nd Round of Paris! No 32 seeds back then.