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Federer: "they have slowed down everything [indoors & grass] "

Some interesting points after Melzer's match. I've seen these same points many times on this very board so I thought it would be interesting to post them again, coming from someone as important as Federer this time.

Q. How have slower courts and the heavier tennis balls contributed to the decline of the serve‑and‑volley game in your estimation?

ROGER FEDERER: It's tough to say. I obviously came here in the year when I played Sampras, let's say, I was serve and volleying 80% of the first serve, 50% on the second serve.

I remember once speaking to Wayne Ferreira who I was playing doubles with that year actually. He said he used to serve and volley always first serve, 50% of the second serve. And towards the end of his career at Wimbledon, he used to serve and volley 50% of his first serve and not anymore on his second serve.

You wonder, how in the world has that happened? Have we become such incredible return players or can we not volley anymore or is it just a combination of slower balls, slower courts?

I think it's definitely a bit of a combination of many things. If I look back, I think we definitely had many more great volley players in the game back then. When you do have that, you are forced to move in, as well, because you don't want to hit passing shots against a great volleyer over and over again. But because we don't have that as much anymore, everybody's content staying at the baseline.

A bit unfortunate, I think, because I love guys moving in, like a Melzer match today who throws in the occasional serve and volley. You have to throw in great passing shots. It's unfortunate for the games. Unfortunately, they've slowed down everything, indoors, grass. Everything has become so slow, I think that is a bit of a pity.

Q. What have you missed by having that contrast like Sampras and Agassi?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I used to, thank God, still play in that era where I played against serve‑and‑volley players, chip‑and‑charge guys. It was a completely different game plan. Mindset you felt pressure the whole match because you knew it doesn't matter what surface on a couple of shots here and there. You don't get that feeling anymore as much.

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he must be mad switzerland didnt qualify in the football and spain did so he had to make an indirect attack on nadal.
when he is frustrated he makes comments like this to undermine rafa's achievements.

federer has been the biggest beneficiary of the courts slowing down.
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Re: Federer: "they have slowed down everything"

They've slowed down everything, except the clay, where it is ridiculously faster than it was 10 years ago.
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indoor is still pretty fast, and clay isn't even clay anymore. They hit it so hard that it's become a slippery hard court.
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i agree with it slowing down. but Fed has no reason to complain really.
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Re: Federer: "they have slowed down everything"

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They've slowed down everything, except the clay, where it is ridiculously faster than it was 10 years ago.
Did you read the snippet or just chime in with typical claytard wisdom? Let's look at a snippet of a snippet... Fed said: "Unfortunately, they've slowed down everything, indoors, grass." He does not list clay among his examples of surfaces that have been sped up.

And regarding the "faster" surfaces, he's right. Watching Ferrer camp out 2-3m behind the baseline and retrieve against Soderling was sickening.

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Fed's just telling it like it is. The media is bemoaning the current state of S&V and it is a great pity how all-court tennis has declined so much.

@ careergs, u're seriously wacked.
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Federer always tells the truth.

He was just answering the question.
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They've slowed down everything, except the clay, where it is ridiculously faster than it was 10 years ago.
Read the whole thing. Maybe the title is misleading so I'll edit it.

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Re: Federer: "they have slowed down everything [indoors & grass] "

Probably current Federer gains more form little bit slower grass and hardcourts. His movement is getting worse and worse, so playing on ultra fast surfaces forces him to make tons of ue, caused by being late to balls.

When Federer was in top form, there was no difference, because he detroyed everyone except Nadal on claycourts.
I guess he wouldn't win Australian Open 2010, if it was like US Open speed.
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Interesting that he doesn't mention the advances in racket/string technology.

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Re: Federer: "they have slowed down everything [indoors & grass] "

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ROGER FEDERER: It's tough to say. I obviously came here in the year when I played Sampras, let's say, I was serve and volleying 80% of the first serve, 50% on the second serve.
God I miss those times.
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He should be glad they did, otherwise they wouldn't be calling him the GOAT today.

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He should be glad they did, otherwise they wouldn't be calling him the GOAT today.
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the surfaces are a joke today. only reason nadal managed to win 2 slams outside of clay.
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he must be mad switzerland didnt qualify in the football and spain did so he had to make an indirect attack on nadal.
when he is frustrated he makes comments like this to undermine rafa's achievements.
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