So Roger Federer got bounced out of the Italian Open, the clay-court tournament at which the dry, hot conditions speed up the clay to the point where bold and inventive players can ride their strokes to victory.
Why is it that as time goes on, fewer and fewer players with great versatility and flair seem capable of winning titles on clay? Well, there's Rafael Nadal. That's one thing. Beyond that, the received wisdom is that clay-court "specialists" take the second quarter of the calendar ...
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