This is Novak/Murray at cinci:
[HD] Djokovic vs Murray Final CINCINNATI 2011 [VideoResumen - Long Highlights]
Do you see any difference on how they play the game in contrast to Miami for example? This court it's the fastest outdoor HC left on tour, yet the style and nature of tennis being play doesn't change one iota.
Hercules has been on the money but you guys keep ignoring the fundamental factor that's dictating how the game it's being play. These are ATHLETES taking their physical abilities to the max unlike any era before then. In the 90s people used to talk as novelty how Muster was so fit or even Courier before him. Well, today the tour it's full of Musters fitness wise and the top players are beyond that. Look at their legs for god sake, they look like freaking horse.....even a guy like Delpo can run balls down on grass.
IF you tweak the surface speed a couple notches, you will still see baseliner dominate........why I would venture forward to the net on a consistent basis when I can CRUSH forehands from 6 feet behind the court? It makes no sense. Actually, if the speed goes up a little bit too much it will render the game a serve dominated stroke.
When I see a guy like Roger complain about how all the courts play the same, I see a bitter prick who after winning 17 slams on the very same courts that he is now criticizing; can't stand other players having similar success to his own. There was never a problem with grass when Roger was beating hapless Roddick and Hewitt.....as soon a claycourter Rafa challenged him in 2007; suddenly the grass was too slow. Maybe they should invent shoes that keep the grass intact so by the second week you guys can still enjoy it.
Anyways, the player that can win the point with one stroke from the back of the court has not incentive to move forward outside of tactical adjustment and put away shots after creating the space. This has nothing to do with court speed but with the players themselves.
the runaway speed of the sport is such that it is simply too risky to rush the net unless you create an actual opportunity for yourself to do so. you can only go in if your ground game sucks or on your own terms.
or you can go in for an element of surprise here and there.
you cant volley what you cant see.
and what about the returns. the returns come back damn near as hard and as fast the serve.
only a fool would rush the net and get his damn wrist shattered trying to volley a ball hit at near 100 MPH with spin. and that is assuming that you even saw the ball in the first place.
as a matter of fact if the courts were, say 25% faster, nobody would ever go in.
you damn near have to guess at the baseline at it is, let alone at the net. that is how hard the ball is being hit.
they don't hit like they used to 20 years ago no matter what kind of a racquet they used. now they launch themselves at the ball and attack with all their might.
only nadal hits off his back foot and 300 miles from behind the baseline.
and their movement is sublime. it shrinks the courts like never before. nadal was the fastest man alive on the court before he decided to f**k his knee up. there was almost no place to hit even if he did play 300 miles behind the baseline. he was strong as hell and he was faster the fastest cornerbacks in the NFL.
now nole and murray engulf the whole court in a second with their movement. so of course the ball is going to come back a few times.
if you people don't like the way the war simply must be waged on the tennis court in modern tennis then i suggest the following:
1. hot dog eating contests
2. underwater chess
3. bass fishing tournaments
these are a lot easier to follow.