I was asking myself this very question the other day - who'd you rather be - the typical, Spanish claycourter, or the typical, american hardcourter? If you compare two guys with almost the same merits, lets say Albert Montanes and Robby Ginepri, they've got very different playing styles, but they've got almost the same accomplishments. (You're not to choose from these exact two guys, they're just examples.) Montanes has never been inside the top 10, top ranking 28, almost 3$ mil earnings, 3 titles, decent player - but never any threat to top 10 players. Ginepri has achieved a little higher ranking (15), a small bit over 3$ mil in earnings, 3 titles, on a good day can be a threat to players ranked between 15-20. If I had to chose between these kind of players, for some reason, I would go with the Spanish claycourter. I actually don't know why, probably because the venues which are played on clay seem much more friendlier. This is just a shallow observation, but the american hardcourt-tournaments seem to be more "robotic" whilst the South American and European cc-tourneys seem to be more free, casual and have more "soul" included. So - what would be your pick?