Originally Posted by djokovicgonzalez
Ferrer is really good on fast courts surprisingly, he's being underrated here.
Federer, Tsonga, Berdych, Ferrer, and del Potro would still be top players. Djokovic would be hurt but still near the top, main contender on clay. Nadal would be seen on clay only. Dunno about Murray, he has a good deal of variety and would probably adjust
in no world would Ferrer outperform Nadal on any court in any circumstances. even on faster hard he just has no weapons that are better than Nadal's. forehand backhand? ehh no. serve? no. the reason Ferrer can do some damage on hard courts is that he moves very fast but Nadal is just as fast
the reality is the top guys would all still be up there because it's not as though they all totally fail on faster courts. they've won indoor tournaments (even Nadal, what Madrid when it was indoor, and made final of WTF) they can play on any surface.
I think the only huge difference would be instead of having the likes of Murray and Djokovic in top 5 they might switch out with Tsonga, Berdych, etc.
in no world would Nadal drop out of the top 5 in any circumstance. look at years 2006 2007. he literally stayed #2 in the world just from his clay court dominance.
Nadal is a guranteed top 3 for any time period because clay will be and always has been very slow. he can preform on any surface speed as well
all players in top 10 currently are very capable so besides maybe Tsonga and Berdych getting higher than otherwise expected, would be similar.
I actually disagree with the poster I'm responding too, I think of anyone in the top10 speeding things up would kill kill David Ferrer. love Ferrer but the fact is he won Paris because it was slow for an indoor court, and he wins tons of baby 250 hard court tournaments because he can chase down virtually anything which would unfortunately not be possible if things were say 90s speed