Watch the match Fed vs Blake in 2006 final.
It's become clay now.
It's a bit misleading between those two. When you have two early ball-strikers, it can make the sport look like table tennis.
Fed 07: "..... Indian Wells has always been very famous for being quite slow, I think."
Hewitt 06: "Just felt slow conditions out there, really heavy. The balls were fluffing up a lot, you know, after a couple games. When the balls were getting older and older, it just felt like it was hard to crack an egg out there."
Fed 2005: "Well, you know, there's many, many Argentines around, good ones. I think it's a good surface for them. I think I played Chela here last year. It's quite slow, so they've got time to grind from the baseline."