Certainly an over-statement on my part calling the Wimby surface grass-clay.
Nicely noted on your part Shank that the balls have been changed as well.
As much as I dislike Nadal's stalling tactics, my intention is not to discredit his achievements. Aside from that one flaw, he is obviously a great champion and will undoubtedly take his rightful place amongst the all-time greats provided he stays healthy.
My concern is the fact that between technology and the change in court surfaces variety in the pro game will decrease.
I find it interesting that there has been no response yet to my possible explanation for the lopsided HTH record between Rafa and Roger, other than the fact that Rafa is wonderful and beautiful (for Kittens and the girls)!
You think somehow you have discover a "fact" that explains the H2H, but thats where you are wrong!
Nadal is FIVE years younger than Roger, while Federer mastered his game Nadal was discovering HIS. A claycourter upbringing means he was groom to dominate the dirt FIRST and of course if you were from Spain then you would understand this type of mentality!
Nadal's biggest weapon outside of his forehand is his MOVEMENT and soft surfaces allows this movement to flow freely while HC does the opposite!
What's Roger H2H vs Rafter and Kafelnikov? Can you blame Federer?
The same applies to Rafa......the deal is you need to forget about claycourt achievement in order to properly RANK his all court game; look at Murray and Gasquet for example, have they realize their potential? So why so most pressure on Rafa to outperform Roger on hardcourts when he wasn't even as good as Rafa has been on hardcourts up to age 22? Care to explain!
What makes you think Roger would OWN Rafa on hardcourts finals if the only time they played a 5 set match Rafa was ahead two sets to NONE and a Break? Roger only owns Rafa on carpets...but who doesn't? At the end of the year on his worst surface is easy to see why Roger has beat Rafa easily at the TMC...so did Nalby !
I have no doubts Rafa would still present problems to Roger at MOST hardcourts surfaces including AO and the UO......it's you the one who can't see this; two years ago on a faster surface than the UO Rafa OWNED Roger at Dubai......and it was a final, did you forget about that?
You speak like Rafa's career is over and he will not reach hardcourt finals to meet Roger........funny because Nadal is just entering his PRIME...you know that age from 22-25 where Males reach their peak!
Anyway....... where was Rafa at Miami MS 2005 final? Where was Roger at Montreal MS 2005? Where was Roger at Madrid MS 2005? Where was Rafa at Dubai final 2006? Where was Roger at IW MS 2007? Where was Roger at Paris MS 2007? Where was Roger at Miami MS 2008?
If you can count those are FIVE BIG EVENTS finals where Roger failed to MEET Nadal? the other two...they split although Rafa should have won Miami in the third set?
What worst for you is, Nadal is 22 and although you don't care this FACT is HUGE and will play a role in the future just like it did in the past.
For the record; Wimbledon Uses the same ball that was use in the 90s with a 3% difference in size, same pressure.......that's a FACT. The reason the game seems so different to you is because S&V is DEAD......blame racket technology for this! Sampras could have play his game in today's grass...probably with minor adjustments.....the reason the ball seems to bounce so high is because there is MORE SPIN and PACE across the TOUR which change the dynamics of how the ball react to the surface....since a ball at 75 MPH with 1000 RPM will never bounce higher than a ball at 95 MPH at 4000-5000 RPM. Physics!
and Nadal is areal champion ALREADY...Pete never won the FO but you don't see me questioning his career...do you?