Level/style of play at Wimbledon...

Fedubai

Semi-Pro
What do you guys think so far? I can't believe how much it looks like slower hard court tennis. Yesterday watching Roddick and Andreev it was like a baseline bash fest, it looked more clay court tennis to me.

What gives? I'd like to see players come to the net more, myself. Roddick-Bracciali was awesome because there was variety and Roddick even came to the net. I'd like to see Federer come to the net more.

Then, on the same suface, it can also be a servathon. Safin-Mark was rediculous, I couldn't watch because it was so boring. Mark P didn't even face a BP till late in the last set.

So, on the same surface...it can be a servathon one say, and a baseline bash the next day. I always hear that the ball stays low at Wimbledon but I haven't see that. Roddick-Andreev played more like clay, it looked like to me. Ball bounced pretty high to me.

Everybody says how different this surface is to the others but I don't see that either. How has Coria made it to the 4th round then? The court just seems slow to me. Quite a bit of time between the ball hitting the ground and the moment you hit it back. Just like clay.

I wish it played a little faster and players would come to the net. Kind of strange how Federer has played so much from the baseline, though I didn't see all of his match against Kiefer. That beautiful backhand pass he did would never have happened if someone wasn't at the net. I just get the sense that players are a little tentative right now. Hopefully they'll settle down soon?
 

gully

Professional
You can see, too, how the courts are wearing -- all of them have a wide oblong patch worn out along the center of the the baseline and just behind it. The service T, where in years past the grass used to be gone by the start of the second week, looks nearly pristine.

It certainly won't take SV tennis to win this year. And I think Coria has a reasonable chance against Roddick, assuming that enough of the points (on Roddick's sere especially) turn into baseline rallies.

The surface has been slower at Wimbledon since 2001 or 2002, I think in part due to a different formula for the grass (anybody recall?). An ability to close out some key points at the net will be key to the championship this week, so I don't think nyone will win the event exclusively from the backcourt.
 

Fedubai

Semi-Pro
That's the most amazing thing--the vast majority of the courts are all worn out at the baseline and the net is almost perfect. They showed video of Borg-McEnroe in that '80 final, and the grass at the net was worn.

I heard that it is 100% rye grass now.

Hopefully the players will settle down and play some grass court tennis. I think that pure SV on every point or most points wouldn't be that interesting, either--a mix.
 

gully

Professional
Thanks, Noelle. Factual information is always appreciated!

I'm hoping, though for a mix of playing styles in the second week. In the men's it's pretty unusual to see only two unseeded players reach the round of 16. For all the crabbing about the draw, aside from the top half having two of the real challengers left and the bottom only one, the halves look otherwise about even now.

By the way, of the unseeded players, Mirnyi is hardly a surprise, and Tursunov has proved himself a giant-killer here now with his upsets of Safin last year and Henman last week.

Here's hoping we get to see some real dogfights soon -- I especially hope Dent gives Hewitt a run and that we get to see Gasquet-Nalbandian. Nice contrast between styles in those matchups. I think Fed will roll, but Coria will give Roddick some problems.
 
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