Originally Posted by 90's Clay
The 90s conditions are the only way to go.. A varying distinct difference between all surfaces all throughout the year..This makes dominating all through the year much more difficult. You have to adopt different strategies and game plans.. You have to develop more of an all court game.
Tennis has gone downhill in this regard.
Yep. I agree. I think 70s - 90s conditions had most varieties and thus much
tougher to win multiple slams.
We had slow high bouncing clay, low bouncing skidding fast grass, medium bouncing medium slow Australian hard courts, medium fast, medium low bouncing US Open courts, really quick indoor carpets. It was truly hard to dominate on all surfaces. Now it's all converged to medium slow surfaces, one big homogeneous surface.
It's ironical that Federer himself benefited when Wimbledon and US Open
slowed down their courts from 2001 - 2003.
In fact, Federer himself complained US Open courts are so fast "unplayable" in 2003.