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Miami courts too slow – Rusedski

April 3, 2012

By Greg Rusedski
All the talk at the Miami Masters Series was again about the top four and if Roger Federer would be able to continue his amazing run. Miami is a tough event to win immediately after Indian Wells due to its slower conditions, heavy humidity and at times; strong winds.
Federer was trying to win Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back for the third time in his career. Federer has been on an amazing run since losing in the semi-finals of the US Open. He has won 6 of his last 8 events and has amassed the most points of any player since mid-September of last year. Unfortunately for Roger, he lost to Andy Roddick in the third round when he ran out of gas with Roddick playing well. This will hurt Roger because he owns Roddick and had beaten him in 24 out of 26 matches up until this match.
Nadal looked great all week to get to the semi-finals but had to pull out against Murray with a re-occurring knee problem before the match started. This was such a shame because he was playing so well. Everyone in the tennis business has always had question marks over whether Nadal could hold together physically because of the way he plays and moves; it is not efficient and is extremely physical. I hope this is more of a precaution for Rafa than a serious injury.
Murray on the other hand has had everything go his way with a default in the third round against the dangerous Canadian Milo Raonic and then in the semi-finals against Rafa Nadal to be back in the Miami finals.
Novak Djokovic played great all week and beat surprise semi-finalist Juan Monaco to meet Andy Murray in the finals. Andy vs. Novak is always an interesting proposition. They grew up playing junior tennis together so they know one another inside and out, this always adds an extra dimension. Novak didn’t play his best nor did Andy, but Novak showed why he is world number one by winning 6-1 7-6. Novak does everything a little better than Andy and looks like he is going to continue to dominate men’s tennis. The match lasted over two hours for two sets because the balls and courts were too slow.
The ATP needs to either speed up the ball or speed up the court because we are not getting enough variety in tennis. All the players are playing long baseline rallies with players rarely go to the net. We need more variety of play in tennis, all types of court players; servers and volleyers, and baseliners. This needs to be addressed by the ATP tour.

You are absolutely right, Greg. Too many of the tournaments have slow courts. There needs to be a variety in tennis. We need a few faster courts and some faster balls. Tennis needs to have all kinds of players. It was ridiculous to have a 6-1 set in the Miami final that took over 45 minutes! 6-1!!!
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I agree this needs to be addressed by the ATP tour. Greg, have you and your other influential buddies been taking this up with the ATP? I hope so, you guys actually have the power, we don’t. I really think the blue clay experiment is a breath of fresh air. Too many Djokovic-Nadal finals was starting to get boring/predictable. Hope Wimbledon is super fast this year for both the normal tournament as well as the Olympics!
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I agree this needs to be addressed by the ATP tour. Greg, have you and your other influential buddies been taking this up with the ATP? I hope so, you guys actually have the power, we don’t. I really think the blue clay experiment is a breath of fresh air. Too many Djokovic-Nadal finals was starting to get boring/predictable. Hope Wimbledon is super fast this year for both the normal tournament as well as the Olympics!
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Arrow 2017 Indian Wells Court Speed, Slowest?
Is it just me or does this year's Indian Wells slowest compared to all the past tournament?

I see some power players hitting the ball hard and serving it hard but as soon as the ball bounces it seems to be slowing down.
Also in the results there are many upsets by clay courters winning unexpectedly and big servers like Karlovic faling.
Why did they make it slow this year? I wanted Federer to win but this works against his favor.

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Has anyone been noticing how harder it is to hit winners at this year's Miami Open ? The ball seems to slow down considerable as it bounces of the surface, meaning it requires more effort to strike the ball than when the ball comes with speed at you.
I've also read that the courts at Indian Wells are supposed to be slower than in Miami, but for some reason I feel the ball was flying more freely at IW than in Miami. This is my subjective assessment. I really like fast hard courts because it gives the game more fluidity. With slow hard cuts, every point seems like a real chore.

Indian Wells insanely slow court speed: official stats which prove it

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    Take a look at this graphic which Rob Koenig was discussing last night. IW is rated at a 24... PATHETICALLY SLOW!!!!!!




    Oct 16, 2013

    The conditions were still fast, according to Roger.


Indian Wells Masters: Roger Federer's easy win over Rafael Nadal proves he is rolling back the years

Roger Federer underlined his reemergence as a power centre in tennis with a classy performance against his nemesis Rafael Nadal. The Swiss maestro produced a silken smooth 6-2, 6-3 thumping of his Spanish rival to reach the quarterfinals in the Californian desert. Incidentally, Federer and Nadal met first in Miami in 2004, with the Swiss emerging winner in straight sets over a 17-year-old Nadal. Long-time followers of the sport believe that Federer is rewinding the clock with the quality of tennis that is reminiscent of his prime.
Roger Federer in action at the Indian Wells Masters. AP
Roger Federer in action at the Indian Wells Masters. AP
Federer’s 68-minute thumping of Nadal was only his 13th victory in 36 attempts. It was also the first time in their storied careers that Federer managed to beat Nadal three times in a row.
The victory has to be significant especially considering Federer’s shock loss to Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai earlier this month. Observers felt that Federer may have paid the price for under preparation, largely down to a busy schedule off the courts to mark an epochal 18th Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year.
As was the case in Australia, Federer seems to have found a new string of excellence off the backhand flank. The Swiss took control straight out of the gates, breaking Nadal in the very first game. But it was a blazing backhand service winner to surge ahead 4-1 that really helped Federer stamp his authority over this celebrated contest.

In the lead-up to the tournament, the air was thick with the oddity of the draw in Indian Wells. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Federer were all grouped into the same quarter. That is a combined collection of 44 Grand Slam titles with only one man having an opportunity to make the last four.
Federer, currently ranked tenth in the world, made light of the situation immediately after learning of the draw. “It doesn't matter. I've gone through so many draws. I came here to Indian Wells to play against those guys. So it doesn't matter if it's a semi, a final or actually a fourth round,” said the nonchalant Swiss. He backed that assertion in style last night with his facile victory over an opponent that tormented him more than any other player.
Since that maiden meeting in the third round of Miami, Federer and Nadal had never met as early as the fourth round ever again. The fact is a reminder of the standards of tennis the two men have played for well over a decade. The 35-year-old Swiss has an elephantine memory of his matches, but even he might find it hard to remember the last time he managed to score such a comprehensive victory over Nadal.
The quarter of death is now down to Nick Kyrgios and Federer. The eccentric Australian ran amok against Djokovic, with the latter struggling to find the answers to deal with the younger man’s unbridled aggression.
The Swiss has an intriguing match-up next against the young Australian, who is riding the high of trumping Djokovic twice in a row. This victory against Nadal should provide Federer the reassurance needed to get past the erratic genius of Kyrgios.
After sealing the first set against Nadal in 34 minutes, Federer got down to business early in the second set too. The Swiss punished a short ball with a venomous forehand to go up 2-1. Out came his fist and the writing was on the wall for a beleaguered Nadal.
“In Australia (it) was a very close match," explained a candid Nadal in his inimitable style of English. "I had good chances to win. Today, not (so much).”
“Today he played better than me. I didn't play my best match, and he played well,” underlined the clearly impressed Spaniard. “These kind of matches, when you're not playing your match, it's impossible to win."
Last night’s victory should also ring bells around the tour for another important reason. The stadium court features an Acrylic Plexipave IW surface that rates as one of the slowest hard court surfaces anywhere in the world.
“For me it was physically a good match,” said Federer. “Also, looking ahead, it’s always good conserving energy for the rest of the tournament, but also for the rest of the season and for your life, because every step more you take on court has an effect down the road, I believe.” The Swiss played remarkably aggressive tennis, scoring 26 winners and only 17 unforced errors.
The hard court surface is the nearest in pace to clay, with a CPR of 24. Relatively speaking, the Melbourne court where Federer won a labored five-set victory in January measured 45. Nadal’s prodigal ability to generate kick and spin is accentuated on slower courts. The fact that Federer found the angles and speed needed to negate Nadal on the ad-court creates a new dynamic in the final phase of their legenadary rivalry. It was fascinating to watch the Swiss star imagine and execute sustained aggression against his arch rival..
‘Age is just a number’ might be one of the most abused phrases in sport. But Federer is clearly bent on proving the hypothesis with his compelling performances on the court.
For tennis fans, there cannot be a better spectacle in sport than watching Federer in full flow. The interest in the season that lies ahead will certainly fly a couple of orbits higher with Federer’s victory over Nadal last night.

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