If you watch a whole match, you will understand me (even if you don't agree) Take a match (Krajicek vs Sampras for example). Watching highlights can make it seem quite exciting, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Most of the time, the players can't get the return in play, much less hit a good return. You can almost count on one hand how many times the returning player gets to hit a second shot. For me, the foundation of great fast-court tennis is the quality of the return. Things got so bad that the powers that be decided to destroy the fundamentals of grass court tennis in order to make the tennis more entertaining and giving us the unwatchable (to me), hard court, specialist-free tennis that we have nowadays. That's how bad things were in the 90s. No wonder tennis struggled for popularity in that era.