Re: Where are Rogerīs chances against big hitters higher? Quicker or slower HC?
Federer is a very good Fast court player but people underestimate him on slow surfaces. Okay, nowadays he has declined heavily on the latter, but against the ball bashers, slowness of the court works to his advantage today. Earlier, he used to be able to rip through the ball and inject a lot of pace and easy power to his shots, now he cannot. Also his movement and defence has declined steadily and therefore, on faster HCs against his opponents are capable of hitting through him better. But on a slower court, because of his still superior consistency, he can mix it up and not let them play their natural games easily.
A good example is how he played against Berdych last year in Cincy - the one true fast Outdoors left on tour, and then in Paris - a surface slow as ass.
"In my opinion he's the best player ever. When you play tennis, playing Federer is kind of a dream because you can see he does everything you would love to do on the court" - Fabrice Santoro