Much has been made about Rafael Nadal and how he has been one of the most dominant tennis players on clay surfaces. He has won nine French Open titles, the most of any other tennis player in the history of the game. He has also been famed for being extensively strong on the surface well outside Roland Garros, what with his winning percentage of over .900 on this surface.
However, Nadal recently had a big defeat as he lost in the Madrid Masters, a prominent Spanish tennis tournament, to Andy Murray. Murray had an extended shot selection that made him highly unpredictable throughout the entire match, thus giving him the overall advantage.
The big point about Nadal is that he has been one of the most prominent figures on the clay surface in tennis history. He is one of eleven players in the Open era to have 300 or more match victories on the clay surface. He also has about as many titles as Guillermo Vilas, the player with the most clay victories in history, and he was able to pull this off in less than half the matches that Vilas has played.
However, the immense success of Nadal could be a sign of one other consideration. It may be the sign of how there are not many other players who have actually tried to practice and improve upon their skills on the clay surface. That is, the people have been competing against Nadal have not really done much in terms of trying to work with the surface and see how important it can be throughout the year.
It is clear that many people practice on grass and hard surfaces regardless of this. This comes from the courts that are around being a little more accessible than clay surfaces. Even with that in mind, there might be a need for people to take a careful look at the ways how different courts may be used and how they are going to compete on all of these over time.