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Federer and Nole Struggles: Is It The Balls?

Darren Cahill was saying how Rafa likes these new balls. Brad Gilbert also explained how the balls stay soft but jump ... Do you think that's the reason Nole and Roger are both struggling but Rafa who is a dirt baller extraordinaire loves these balls? How slow are the conditions that nobody seems to be able to hit through the courts. It seems much worse than last year. Any thoughts?

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Last year FO was fast, especially balls, whats why Olderer had slightly chance in finals, this year tho it looks really really slow, anything except Nadull winning would be huge suprisse

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RG is playing like Monte Carlo this year. Only players to not drop sets are Spaniards.
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Last year the temperature at the FO was around 30C all the time. The clay was baked and fast. Now it's very, very slow as it's around 15C for the past few days.


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It looks awfully slow. The ball is moving in slow motion. I mean Rafa is always the favorite but I hope this slowness remains at French and does not somehow find its way to other surfaces. lol

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Almagro and Ferrer have not dropped a set. Says it all.
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It looks awfully slow. The ball is moving in slow motion. I mean Rafa is always the favorite but I hope this slowness remains at French and does not somehow find its way to other surfaces. lol
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It actually looks a bit like a clay court tournament this year

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Two ballbashers like Tsonga and Del Potro like the same type of balls than Nadal. Interesting

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Re: Federer and Nole Struggles: Is It The Balls?

When there is rain or very cloudy then the courts are heavy which makes sense due to the natural surface. Harder to hit through the court when the air is heavier, but less bounce and the balls absorb the moisture and clay from heavy courts. Yes, Babolat still make the balls, but they aren't as lively as last year. It's very simple weather conditions are the biggest factor in how clay plays on any given day.

Nadal prefers when it's warmer cause the ball jumps even higher as the court bakes and takes higher bounce. Doesn't matter fast clay, slow clay, light ball or heavy balls he gets it done.

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What will weather be in friday and sunday?

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No, it's the lack of balls
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fed............... chances to win?
doesnt look good

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