Have to laugh at Roger fans presenting this as him caring for the game! He's benefited from the slower courts throughout his career - far easier for him to rack up all those Wimbledons and US Opens in an era which didn't favour big servers than in the 90s. It's only now that Djokovic, Murray etc. have a clear advantage over him on those courts and he's a step slower that he has spoken about this issue - he's been on tour 14+ years, is in his 30s - speaking about it isn't showing leadership, it's pure self interest.
Also, apart from minorities of vocal fans on messageboards the vast majority of the public don't seem to have an issue with the court speed. Tennis is far more popular now than in late 90s - the top stars get great coverage, top events sell out etc. I'd be happy to see more variety but the idea that all courts are the same is a nonsense anyway. If they were we'd see the likes of Almagro picking up 250 hardcourt/indoor titles rather than only winning on clay and vice versa for those with terrible clay records. If the hard courts are a little slower it's also true that the clay is a little faster.
So it's great for Federer to talk about the top guys being "protected" but it might have meant more if he'd wanted any change when it would have been adverse to him.
No doubt Nadal, Djokovic and Murray will disagree and why wouldn't they - they'll all favour the type of court that helps them.
It`s not that easy, I even don`t know on which parts to focus your attention. Let`s start with the fact that faster courts won`t automatically favour Fed as you are trying to describe it. He has better chances on them against great defenders like Murray and Djokovic, true. And what about bighitters - Berdych, Tsonga and so on? Look, to have chance to beat Nadal/Murray/Djokovic even in more favourable conditions at semis/finals he would 1st need to beat someone like Berdych/Tsonga at quarters and on quicker courts with Maestro to lose a step it can`t be easy at all
. Losses to Berdych at Cincy last year and US-12, Tso twice last year on quick courts, Delpo recently - it`s not a coincidence if you look at whole picture.
Federer agreed, for example, with such great decision like no week between WTF and Paris after Murrovic proposal in the end, seems to favour him too I guess.
Roger has his own interests as everyone, but for years he proved obvious fact that this game is importand for him in more ways than speaking only about titles, money and records. He succeeded to raise money for early rounds losers, it wasn`t only his merit, but hugely and so on.