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Post by noleisthebest on Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:52 pm

LONDON -- With the top defensive players increasingly getting the better of him often in recent years, Roger Federer would like to speed up the game of tennis.
Or at least the courts the matches are played on.

Federer lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of the season-ending ATP finals on Monday, and then praised the top-ranked Serb's ability to
retrieve so many shots and keep the ball in play. That's a trait Djokovic shares with Federer's other two biggest rivals - Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray -- and the Swiss star said attacking play doesn't always reap the benefits it deserves even on hard courts because they're often slower than they used to be.

"It's an easy fix. Just make quicker courts, then it's hard to defend,"Federer said. "Attacking style is more important. It's only on this
type of slow courts that you can defend the way we are all doing right now."

Monday's final at the O2 Arena had a familiar feel to it. Federer did most of the attacking, trying to dictate play with his forehand and
aggressive shot making. But Djokovic, as he often does, kept finding ways to get the ball back over the net and was sharper on the key points.

Federer won the first nine points of the match and was up an early break in both sets, but Djokovic recovered to win 7-6 (6), 7-5.

Federer was the two-time defending champion in London and emphasized that he was happy with this court, calling it one of the faster indoor surfaces on the circuit. He said slower courts are also good for long rallies -- which are a big crowd pleaser -- but that having more variety in the surfaces would force players to learn to be more aggressive.

"What you don't want is that you hit 15 great shots and at the end, it ends up in an error," he said. "So I think sometimes quicker courts do
help the cause. I think it would help from time to time to move to something a bit faster. That would help to learn, as well, for many
different players, different playing styles, to realize that coming to the net is a good thing, it's not a bad thing."

Federer has won a record-equaling seven Wimbledon titles on grass, the quickest surface, but has only one French Open title on the slower clay,where Nadal has repeatedly thwarted him.

Djokovic and Murray also rely heavily on their great defensive abilities, which have helped set them apart from the rest of the pack.

Having more tournaments played on faster surfaces could make it easier for other players to challenge the sport's "Big Four," Federer said,
adding that he wasn't sure tournament directors would necessarily buy into that.

"I think some variety would be nice, some really slow stuff and then some really fast stuff, instead of trying to make everything sort of the
same," he said. "You sort of protect the top guys really by doing that because you have the best possible chance to have them in the semis at this point, I think. But should that be the goal? I'm not sure."

Djokovic said his strategy against Federer is usually to try and extend the rallies and hope for an opportunity.

"He's somebody that is very aggressive, that likes to finish points very quickly," Djokovic said. "But I managed to get a lot of shots back
into the court, being passive, a couple meters behind the baseline. ... That was one of the goals tonight, to always try to get him into the
longer rallies where I think I had the better chance."


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Post by noleisthebest on Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:00 pm

Bold statement from Federer and I am sure all tennis fans and a lot of players would support speeding up of courts.
O2 was too slow for what an indoor playing conditions should provide.

It will be very interesting to see how things progress after this .

Tennis has reached the brick-wall and needs a U-turn in order to preserve its original flair and esp players health.

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Post by Tenez on Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:28 pm

I think the statement from Djoko is even bolder!

"But I managed to get a lot of shots back
into the court, being passive, a couple meters behind the baseline. ... That was one of the goals tonight, to always try to get him into the
longer rallies where I think I had the better chance."

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Post by noleisthebest on Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:33 pm

Yes, the players don't seem to get worked up about nothing like we tend to here Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 1071211947
I have always said Nole needs 1-3 shots more to set up a winner.
He's got to having legs only compared to Fed who's got upper body as well to help.
It would be great for both if the courts get faster as I prefer to watch a more aggressive Nole as well Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 650269930

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Post by Tenez on Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:46 pm

Even a number 15 ranked aggressive Nole? Winking

That's teh problem. Djoko plays to win and it is this game that takes him to number one. If aggressive on fast surface we do not know if he woudl be as successful.

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Post by noleisthebest on Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:49 pm

Tenez wrote:Even a number 15 ranked aggressive Nole? Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 1071211947

That's teh problem. Djoko plays to win and it is this game that takes him to number one. If aggressive on fast surface we do not know if he woudl be as successful.

Nole will be fine, don't ya worry!
You know that ultra-cheesy one from American commentators: champions adjust Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 1071211947

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Post by laverfan on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:49 pm

noleisthebest wrote:You know that ultra-cheesy one from American commentators: champions adjust Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 1071211947

So Federer cannot adjust? Whistle

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Post by noleisthebest on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:50 pm

laverfan wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:You know that ultra-cheesy one from American commentators: champions adjust Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 1071211947

So Federer cannot adjust? Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 123628122

He did his adjusting in Madrid, blue clay....remember Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 2904483550

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Post by paulcz on Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:56 pm

Tenez wrote:I think the statement from Djoko is even bolder!

"But I managed to get a lot of shots back
into the court, being passive, a couple meters behind the baseline. ... That was one of the goals tonight, to always try to get him into the
longer rallies where I think I had the better chance."

Nole is not bold, but gentleman, he could tell that just playing into FedĀ“s BH he was getting easy points, but that everybody knows likewise.

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Post by laverfan on Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:18 pm

noleisthebest wrote:
laverfan wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:You know that ultra-cheesy one from American commentators: champions adjust Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 1071211947

So Federer cannot adjust? Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 123628122

He did his adjusting in Madrid, blue clay....remember Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 2904483550

"To me that's not tennis. Either I come out with football shoes or I invite Chuck Norris to advise me how to play on this court," said the Serb.
Djokovic's criticism follows Rafael Nadal's doubts about the clay installed by tournament consultant Ion Tiriac.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/18000107

I am not sure this can be called adjusting. Winking I think Berdych and Federer did a much better job of adjusting to the conditions.

"But I managed to get a lot of shots back into the court, being passive, a couple meters behind the baseline. ... That was one of the goals tonight, to always try to get him into the longer rallies where I think I had the better chance."

Most of the tourneys are now Tour De France of Tennis. Perhaps one day...



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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:23 pm

laverfan wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:
laverfan wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:You know that ultra-cheesy one from American commentators: champions adjust Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 1071211947

So Federer cannot adjust? Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 123628122

He did his adjusting in Madrid, blue clay....remember Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 2904483550

"To me that's not tennis. Either I come out with football shoes or I invite Chuck Norris to advise me how to play on this court," said the Serb.
Djokovic's criticism follows Rafael Nadal's doubts about the clay installed by tournament consultant Ion Tiriac.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/18000107

I am not sure this can be called adjusting. Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 1071211947 I think Berdych and Federer did a much better job of adjusting to the conditions.

"But I managed to get a lot of shots back into the court, being passive, a couple meters behind the baseline. ... That was one of the goals tonight, to always try to get him into the longer rallies where I think I had the better chance."

Most of the tourneys are now Tour De France of Tennis. Perhaps one day...




Let's not lose the sight of the original "champions adjust" comment:

"Tenez wrote:Even a number 15 ranked aggressive Nole? Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 1071211947


<blockquote>

That's
teh problem. Djoko plays to win and it is this game that takes him to
number one. If aggressive on fast surface we do not know if he woudl be
as successful.</blockquote>

Nole will be fine, don't ya worry!
You know that ultra-cheesy one from American commentators: champions adjust Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 1071211947"

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:54 pm

Murray on faster courts and faster playing conditions in his post-match interview today:

Q. Roger talked about the year end Championships, maybe he'd like to see the courts speeding up in general on the tour. Maybe the fans would like to see more volleying. What are your thoughts as a fan and a player on the courts?

ANDY MURRAY: Yeah, to be honest, I don't know exactly. I think from most of the people I speak to, they enjoy watching the game the way it is now. Maybe there's not much variety in the styles of play, but there's a lot of reasons for that. I don't think it's just the court surface. I think, you know, the strings, the balls have definitely slowed down. I think rather than necessarily changing the court speed, speeding the balls up can make a big difference as well.

Sometimes variety in the courts is good. I just think it's important for the players in advance to know what the speed of the court is going to be. Sometimes, at some events, one year it's lightning quick, and then the next year it's been one of the slowest courts on the tour. It's impossible to prepare for that.

Provided everyone knows what the speed of the courts are likely to be, then I think it's fine to make some adjustments to that."

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Post by Tenez on Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:03 pm

Yes....5 years later...everybody talks about strings and balls! Federer Calls For Quicker Courts 1071211947

Quite interesting to note that teh AO is now faster when Nadal is not part of it!

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