Originally Posted by dangerfish
few things: The comment about Ebden's first time not qualifying for the French is pointless, this is the first year he will not have had to qualify for any slam. He just broke through last year. His results have not been good but neither has Davydenko's. Davy is 1-3 this year on clay with losses to Lorenzi and Farah and of course Nadal. Davy also plays pretty flat which is good for Ebden. Additionally Davy has the yips on his serve when he is struggling it can be ugly. When you start getting close to 5-1 on dogs your usually not going to have a ton of glowing evidence that they are going win it is more a question of how live are they as a dog and imo anyone right now is live vs Davy esp in a small lead up event.
In 2010 he went to Paris to qualify, and played challengers on Clay to prepare. In 2011, he didn't even try to qualify, and didn't play a single match on Clay. This year, he entered the main draws of the ATP 250's and lost horribly, and tried to qualify in Madrid and Rome since he was already in Europe.
I don't see anything that says he is dedicating himself to playing better on clay, I just see a guy entering the Main Draws he can and picking up some checks and points for losing in the first round. If he wasn't qualified for the Main Draw of the French, he wouldn't be playing any of these tournaments.