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AO Courts look slow - Too many breaks of serve in the men's game

The courts seem too slow this year. There have been multiple breaks of serve in several men's matches already. Karlovic lost his serve several times. Both Tsonga-Stakhovsky and Federer-Andreev matches have seen multiple breaks of serve as well. The wind blowing from one end of the court might be a factor but the courts seem way too slow this year. Are they using a heavier ball this year ?



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Re: AO Courts look slow - Too many breaks of serve in the men's game

karlovic lost his serve because he didnt serve many 1st serves in at times
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Re: AO Courts look slow - Too many breaks of serve in the men's game

It's just been colder than usual, and wind doesn't exactly help the servers either.
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The courts seem too slow this year. There have been multiple breaks of serve in several men's matches already. Karlovic lost his serve several times. Both Tsonga-Stakhovsky and Federer-Andreev matches have seen multiple breaks of serve as well. The wind blowing from one end of the court might be a factor but the courts seem way too slow this year. Are they using a heavier ball this year ?
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Yeah and the French Open was too fast last year. I'm enjoying it though. A hard court with this much grit makes it interesting. Though I think it can be dangerous to as Nadal slipped pretty badly yesterday.
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Re: AO Courts look slow - Too many breaks of serve in the men's game

Nadal served 11 aces though...
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Nadal served 11 aces though...
Chardy served 22 aces in 2 sets on the ultra slow Hamburg clay, so single matches don't mean much :-)
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Nadal served 11 aces though...
You really can't base a surface speed around one match or the amount of aces in one match. It's the whole tournament that you can get a good idea. This tournament feels slower than the French Open 2009. Truer bounces along with heavier balls makes the serve not much of a weapon.
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Chardy served 22 aces in 2 sets on the ultra slow Hamburg clay, so single matches don't mean much :-)
Unless they point to a slow court...

Seriously though, it's AO, isn't it always slow as far as hard courts go?
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Re: AO Courts look slow - Too many breaks of serve in the men's game

I don't see a huge difference to last year or the year before.

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Yeah and the French Open was too fast last year. I'm enjoying it though. A hard court with this much grit makes it interesting. Though I think it can be dangerous to as Nadal slipped pretty badly yesterday.
Fast clay with light balls is nowhere near as moronic as these sticky and coarse surfaces. That combined with the heavy balls are simply taylormade conditions to put maximum stress on the body.
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Yeah, all Plexicushion courts have very low serve advantage, about 62% points won over the years. Of hard courts, only Rebound Ace is (marginally) lower, as are all clay courts except the altitude ones like Munich/Madrid/Gstaad.
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Seriously though, it's AO, isn't it always slow as far as hard courts go?
Relatively, yes, but they used much lighter balls a couple of years (shit, it's a decade now) back.

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