Federer has said that he benefited from surface homogenization. And anyone with two eyes can see that surfaces used to play more differently in 98 than they do in 2012. Funny how biased you are, Federer says nothing about himself, he just said the conditions were more distinct when he first started playing.
And once again - every
player in Madrid this week had to endure these same nasty court conditions (nobody denies the court is indeed garbage, but nothing new in Madrid ever since it turned to clay), like Verdasco pointed out in a very fair manner in his presser today.
Deal with it, man up, quit the whining. Like it or not, deal with the conditions you're facing. I haven't heard Ferrer whining about the courts in Madrid either so far, might very well be one of the (many) reasons why I like him.