Episode 60 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, with Carl Bialik of the Thirty Love podcast, delves into the little-known group of dirt-ballers, including Garin, Matteo Berrettini, and Guido Pella, who are piling up the clay-court wins in 2019. We mull the vagaries of surface-specific Elo ratings, as well as the types of skills that might lead these guys to have crossover success on faster courts.
We also touch on the WTA results in Rabat and Prague, with a particular focus on the up-and-down career of Johanna Konta. Finally, we consider how David Ferrer stacks up against the best in the history of the sport, as he plays his last event in Madrid this week.
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(Note: this week’s episode is about 63 minutes long; in some browsers the audio player may display a different length. Sorry about that!)