Originally Posted by DeShaun
This is an interesting thought exercise. Remember, a great deal of Fed 05 looking so spectacular quietly relied on the fact that flattish ball strikers were more prevalent on tour in 04-05.
And today's surfaces reward great defense but encourage higher bouncing shots--not a ball striker's delight by comparison.
We see, e.g., how well Roger usually does on low bouncing surfaces like O2...maybe that is because the O2 most closely resembles the surfaces from 04-05.
Maybe in that it is a bit more low bouncing but the speed is medium at best and frankly quite slow. Nadal made a final here for goodness sake, how can it possibly be fast?