Since we've heard the comments about the court from those who don't like it, I thought Ivan deserved some equal time.
Q. Guillermo just described the court
as like playing on ice.
IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, it's not that fast, I
Q. Is that almost like a sign of the
times in the sense that fast courts have been
slowed down so now playing on a medium
surface almost feels like playing on a fast
IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I guess so
because this is really not fast court. I mean, I
can accept that the court doesn't suit his game,
absolutely, because it's terrible for his game
because the topspin doesn't go up anything. I
mean, it's really difficult to move on the court
because it's really sticky, but it's not fast. I mean,
that's not the right word.
It doesn't suit his game, absolutely. I
confirm that. But I don't think it's fast really. If
you want to see fast court, come to Croatia
Q. One more about the surface.
Some of the players are complaining about
the surface. You played in Paris. It is the
same surface. You played in Lyon two years
ago, it is the same surface. This year, too. Is
it very different from the one in France or is it
IVAN LJUBICIC: No, it's exactly the
same like one in Paris. It's absolutely exactly
the same. I mean, the problem of the surface is
that it's really different from other courts, not
these that you just mentioned, which is the same.
The surface is really sticky so you can't move.
It's really difficult to move on the court. And the
ball doesn't bounce, doesn't have natural
bounce. So it is strange.
I mean, we can complain also on grass, I
mean, because it's so strange surface we play
just couple weeks and that, and it's not natural. I
mean, we are not really feeling confident on the
court. But I think on this surface, we are playing
for a really long time. I remember even the
GreenSet Trophy before was like this. We play
our Davis Cup matches on this. And before we
had a lot of tournaments on these courts.
Maybe it just doesn't suit the guys who
are here, which, again, I can confirm. Because if
you try to rally and hit the ball back, you're not
going to be successful. So I think it suits maybe
three or four guys here, and we are eight. We
going to have a lot of complaining on the court I
think throughout the week.
Q. Given that it's a surface for the
end-of-year tournament where it's supposed
to be as fair as possible to everybody, do you
think perhaps it's the wrong choice of surface
or it could be improved on?
IVAN LJUBICIC: I mean, if I'm
tournament director, I would think about it. But I
don't know. I mean, if they put this surface, there
is a reason for that. I never played in a Masters
Cup before so I cannot compare. But, I mean,
this is what we get. It's the end of the season. I
think it's absolutely fair to have a Masters Cup
indoors because all Grand Slams are outdoors.
If you advantage one player, you
disadvantaging others. You are going to have
always someone who is complaining.