Confused about Aussie Open court surface, help?

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  1. Mansewerz

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    During the Federer Korolev match, the commentators (I think Drysdale) mentioned that the slice and topspin sit up. At the US Open, it's not a factor for Federer because of the court speed, but the Aussie is slower so it was a factor here.

    They were then saying that a big flat hitter had a very good chance at success (i.e. Korolev).

    I don't get it. Isn't slice supposed to skid and stay low. For a low bouncing surface, like the Aussie (compared to the Rebound ace), it seems wrong.
     
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  2. Nadal_Freak

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    Aussie Open is pretty neutral. I wouldn't call it high bouncing or low bouncing. Rebound Ace is not as high bouncing as it was hyped to be. I watched many matches and it doesn't seem that high bouncing. Nadal would've loved rebound ace if it was so.
     
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  3. GugaGuga

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    A smoother surface will cause a slice to skid and stay low.

    A more textured surface will cause it to "check" a bit and sit up.

    Soft grass is ideal for a slice, as it will let the ball sit wickedly low.

    Drysdale is no slouch of a tennis player, I would tend to trust his statement. I'm sure he's played on the courts down there, and I my impression is that they have been slowed down a bit.
     
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  4. Cl1ntrock

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    i can answer for u i played on it..
    Its a unique surface..its a bit softer than a normal hardcourt under your feet..
    i played on it when i was brand new..and i thought it was a great surface because u could hit every shot..slice stays kinda low..but a topspin kicks up..
    same for serve..u could slide it but kick it as well..the surface gets faster during the tourney as well..
    but i thought coming from normal hardcourts it was pretty slow ...(when it was new) but very comfortable..
    so the ball actually reacts 2 what u play..
    Rebound..when it was new...ball kicks up like hellll...soo griddy..like sandpaper..kills the balls as well..
     
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  5. coloskier

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    Slice only skids and stays low on fast surfaces. It sits up on slower surfaces and clay.
     
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