I would like to have an expert's opinion about the changes of the game between day and night sessions on Rod Laver Arena.
Obviously it's very different, however I've not read any precise definition of the difference and I'm not expert enough to see that.
Davydenko insisted on the difficult conditions on Rod Laver Arena during the day, and the fact is that night session matches have always been much better than day matches since the new surface in Australia.
But Davydenko's comments were not very precise, and he has never played in the evening so far : he maybe spoke more about specific conditions on Rod Laver Arena, although he mentioned Tsonga's match as representative of the game being "quicker" during the day (which doesn't look obvious to me at all, esp on Rod Laver Arena) ... but Tsonga's match was not played on Rod Laver Arena : it was played on Hisense Arena.
I think the game looks different on Hisense Arena, easier and quicker, and many interesting day matches were played there, for instance Del-Potro-Cilic (and Blake), Tsonga, Baghdatis.
Three facts look quite obvious to me about the difference between day and night :
- it seems to me that the bounce is higher and more lively during the day on Rod Laver Arena.
- there is more wind during the day, which may of course change conditions
- of course it's also fresher during the night and then easier to play great.
But could you describe the differences more precisely ?
For instance the reaction to slice ?
Of course I'm esp interested in that, for Fed's match tomorrow, since so far Fed has played far far better during his night session matches (but Davydenko also had many problems last match, which is not encouraging for the quality of the match
, which is in my opinion a pity for such a match but well one match has to be played during the day in QF
... although you have to be careful as both his day matches opponents (Andreev and Montanes), and very especially Andreev, use spinned shots a lot, which may explain why Fed shanked so many shots during these day matches, with the fact that the bounce is probably more lively during the day.
Thanks in advance for your answers
PS : the TV broadcasters are in my opinion very stupid with their replays with a high camera : you can see nothing like that
, the French TV had done it many years ago in Roland-Garros but they have stopped it fortunately
: tennis is not a "lateral game", the height and effects of the shots are very important