Originally Posted by Mountaindewslave
a great hard court player like Federer in his prime could hit incredible shots at any place on the court no matter what the speed
Differernt players, different era, different quality = apples and oranges.
what I fear is that the slowing down of hard courts will make it much easier to dominate them and skew records
What I fear is that players who set records on super fast courts get a free pass for underdeveloped parts of their game and general athleticism.
if somehow Djokovic matched Federer GS wins it would not magically mean he was a better HC player.
It wouldn't mean he was worse either. For my taste though, it would mean he was better. Lets allow for different aesthetic tastes.
the top guys are clueless on speeder HC these days, and speaks volumes of why the US Open keeps getting traded around as far as winners
Fans got tired of points which ended in 3 shots or less. Don't blame the current generation for not having enough practice time on faster courts when they've been almost phased out.
Federer is the best HC player of all time because on different speed courts he had the shotmaking ability and technique to carve beautiful shots from all angles and CONTROL the rallies
the likes of Djokovic just prey on errors and let the opponent dictate play until they miss
His variety is evident in different matches, but less so in a match itself. Refer to his style against Ferrer at the AO this year. Unlike Fed who is stubbornly obsessed with aesthetics, Novak does what it takes to win; if that means a war of attrition against players like Murray and Nadal who chase EVERYTHING down, then so be it! He shanks a lot less then Fed in those situations, and it would be the same if Fed was now in his so called prime, playing on these courts.