In an interview to Punto de Break, Thomaz Bellucci recalled when he faced Rafael Nadal at the 2010 French Open. The Brazilian was impressed by the Spaniard's skills on the surface. "He may be one of the toughest players I ever faced on clay.
He does not give you any point, that's why he won the French Open 11 times, no one in history will win it so many times," said Bellucci. "I love playing in this part of the year, I always got one or two great results.
I have great memories from all these tournaments, especially (because of) the surface, I think I still have the opportunity to come back to the level I (have) always had." He also reflected on the tennis tour: "Out of the top ten players, the only players who have a clay-court game are Nadal and Thiem, others have a game style that most suits hard courts.
Now all the players are able to compete on any surface, everyone has a high level and the court speeds are similar." And there are less clay-court tournaments every time. "For tennis having variety is good, it's not good that the amount of clay-court tournaments is decreasing, but it's also because players do not want to play on the surface.
(Juan Martin) Del Potro or (Novak) Djokovic, for example, you will almost never see them playing on clay, the tournaments know that if they hold a clay-court event attracting this type of players will be very difficult," concluded the 31-year-old Tiete native.