Is Nadal the reason why the European Clay Season is always higher quality than the US Hardcourt Season?

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ALCARAZWON

Guest
Nadal is so scary that he forces everyone to lift their game or else he'll embarrass them on clay.
And so there is that fear factor of knowing you have to be in-form when you enter the Clay season.
Sadly there is no fear factor in the US Summer, so its full of unforced errors, and injuries, and just a general lack of spark.
And this year the gap is even greater between Clay and Hardcourt, as everyone is trying to find their best clay form for the Roland Garros Olympics.
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mavsman149

Hall of Fame
I don't think I've ever thought the European Clay season was better than the summer hard court season (or vice versa).
 

NAS

Hall of Fame
You are the only one op.
What Rafa actually actually did to put lot of presitge in RG which was missing from 1990 to 2004( apart from Guga wins)
Field was strong but none of them was charistmatic like say Safin on hc Or Hewitt
I can't speak for others but take a look in 2004 AO and RG to see the difference.
But as much as Rafa has done for clay season nothing beats the last twenty odd years on hc

So many great matches in hc slam truimps Wimbledon and RG in general
 
The North American HC season used to be awesome especially when you had top great Americans. The quality has really dropped over the years because the slowing down of surface and people fatigued and burned out injury by that time of the season
 

JFK_32

Rookie
April-July is the best part of every season. Players are healthy and in form. In US part of season a lot of players starts to get injured
 
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ALCARAZWON

Guest
The North American HC season used to be awesome especially when you had top great Americans. The quality has really dropped over the years because the slowing down of surface and people fatigued and burned out injury by that time of the season
Yeah true, it looks like fatigue.
The exception was 2013 when Nadal got stronger and stronger as the season went on, and swept the North American Summer, including that epic Canada match with Djokovic.
 
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ALCARAZWON

Guest
Come to think of it, 2013 Nadal beat:
Djokovic at Canada
Federer at Cincinnati
Djokovic at US Open
And earlier he beat Del Potro at Indian Wells.
 
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ALCARAZWON

Guest
Players (even the best) have always been scared of Nadal on clay, whereas in the last 15 years there has been nobody that really scared the living daylights out of everyone in the US Summer.
The tour needs someone to set the standard on each surface, and force everyone to be at their best or face a beatdown.
 
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Open Stance

Professional
Another factor is the schedule. The summer hard court season is very condensed as it is only 6-7 weeks between the end of Wimbledon and the start of the USO. Canada and Cincinnati are currently only a week long and are held in back-to-back weeks. In fact, Cincinnati actually starts before Canada ends. It’s extremely difficult to perform at a high level in both events. That will change in 2025 when they both become 12 day M1000 events.
 
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