Hall of Fame
So, I was doing some catch-up on the threads posted on this forum over the past few months and found this interesting post (credit to @NonP).
Discuss.Not this one. I've argued that what prevented Pete from achieving more on clay was not his thalassemia or even his movement but rather his frame of mind (the broken link in that post here).
These are Pete's %s of service/return games won on clay from '92-'97, before he "gave up":
1992 - 82.4/27.7
1993 - 86.0/33.3
1994 - 84.2/32.2
1995 - 77.8/31.6 (include stats from all of his four DC rubbers except the dead one vs. Gaudenzi)
1996 - 83.8/18.1
1997 - 81.0/28.4
So except in '95 when he struggled with his 1st-serve % all year and in '96 when he likewise had trouble breaking throughout the guy actually posted respectable #s on clay. ('97 was another unlucky season where he caught a stomach bug before his RG 3rd-rounder vs. Norman following two dominant performances.) Most players would love to "suck" so much on their worst surface.
Maybe being stopped by the likes of Courier and Bruguera (who actually won a higher % of games in their best CC seasons than either Fed or Novak has to date) had something to do with Pistol's early disappointing record at RG!
Oh and here are Fed's own %s from '04-'15 (haven't updated my spreadsheet w/his '19 #s yet):
2004 - 88.5/29.9
2005 - 85.2/35.2 (FYI stats from his sole DC rubber with 262th-ranked journeyman Alan Mackin are excluded - w/'em his %s would be 85.9/37.4)
2006 - 85.4/32.9
2007 - 83.8/30.3
2008 - 83.9/32.2
2009 - 90.3/27.5
2010 - 87.4/26.3
2011 - 87.8/24.2
2012 - 88.3/26.6
2013 - 84.3/28.0
2014 - 87.6/24.6
2015 - 88.8/25.2
Again I dunno know about you but from these #s I'd think twice about betting on Fed spanking Pistol on clay prime for prime. In fact I daresay it'd be a pretty decent matchup!