And the same number of matches played in 3 consecutive weeks? It's the amount of matches what makes players tired, not the amount of tournaments played. Your logic doesn't make sense.Don't start making excuses for him whoever beats him will have had the same amount of tournaments played.
I like how people are talking smack about Murray's clay court game based on him having a bit of trouble against Hanescu. Hanescu is no joke, he beat Nalbandian at the French Open not so long ago. Besides, it's the first clay court match for Murray since last year's Roland Garros. He's bound to struggle a bit.
I think we can expect Murray to be one of the top 8 players on clay this season. He has all the tools to play well, his confidence is very high at the moment and by the time the French comes around he will likely be a threat to go deep. By that time I would say he would be capable of pushing Nadal to the max.
If you think about it Hewitt's given Nadal problems on clay before. Murray I think does everything better than Hewitt and has a more cerebral game as well. I wouldn't be surprised to see him beat Nadal at Hamburg. Though Roland Garros is Nadal's playground.
No doubt Nadal's clay court has improved since then. But he is still essentially the same player. Especially once he comes under attack he can revert to his old style of play since that is what he's most convenient with. Notice how Verdasco and Nalbandian bullied Nadal into playing far behind his own baseline. For times in both matches, Nadal looked like he was back in 2007.Yeah Hewitt troubled Nadal on clay... in 2007. You are stuck in time I'm afraid.
Well, Nadal can also be bullied on clay though it's much harder. Djokovic did that last year in Hamburg. Mathieu and Davydenko have done that in previous years.Why are you talking now about matches that happened on hard courts? If Murray and Nadal play in this tournament it's on clay.
Maybe not. I suspect it might take Murray a while to get used to the clay - a couple weeks, maybe more.In previous years. And it didn't do Djokovic much good in Hamburg did it? And Djokovic's and Murray's games are not very much alike, you were first comparing Murray to Hewitt, and Hewitt troubled (didn't even beat) Nadal on clay years ago, so it's not an indication of what Murray can do against Nadal. In fact I doubt he even gets to play him.
Depends on how well its hit, naturally its going to be as effective on clay as it is on grass but it can still be used as a get out of jail shot.I can never quite decide whether slice is a good play on clay or not. What do you guys think?