If they skip Madrid, then both Nadal and Djokovic should be banned from the tour for a period of time, in my opinion.
Both Verdasco and Tipsarevic also had to adapt to the blue slippery clay, just as much as Djokovic and Nadal.
These are professional players who are lucky to earn multimillion dollars annually just because they are good at something as meaningless to the world as tennis.
Oeh oeh oeh, we have to play on blue clay! Cry cry cry. People in Taiwan are drowning in Haiti there is no food and these pricks are complaining about blue clay and acting like freaking gods. I genuinely hope, the ATP will punish this arrogant egocentric and unrealistic behavior.
It was worth logging in just to read this post, Bazcovic!!
It gave me a much needed laugh!
As for the tennis, I really liked Raonic's effort here. He took Federer to the wire & seemed completely self assured. I'm hoping he can remain consistent (although I note he is already out of Rome) Perhaps he'll do well at the FO.
Congratulations to Federer & Berdych for an excellent tournament for them & and for providing an interesting finals match. Whereas Federer would crack under pressure much more easily several months ago, he seems more focused, is more ready to "tweak" his game to adapt to prevailing conditions & appears to be less fragile generally then he had become. Whilst a handful of swallows does not a summer make, he is looking in consistently good form again & I'm delighted to see it. I hope he continues to play well.
Berdych too looks confident & is playing very well.
As for Nadal & Djokovic, it would be foolish in the extreme to view their losses in Madrid as indicative of anything more than that. Whether they like their comfort zones too much or not is neither here or there. Both have excelled on all surfaces in the past & will no doubt continue to do so.