Actually, I read somewhere here that Federer also compared it to Madrid.
And someone posted in Andy's forum that he said he thinks the surface is good for his game, a little faster than the average HC, so I dunno
Players like new court
PLAYERS have given their stamp of approval to the newly laid hardcourt surface at the suburban Qizhong Tennis Center.
Last year, players and coaches had heavily criticized the surface.
Players said that it hampered movement on the court during matches and posed injury risks to them, forcing the Masters Cup organizers to relay it earlier this year.
Croat Ivan Ljubicic said yesterday that it was a better surface than last year's.
"The material used this year is more friendly to spins and makes it possible for us to move better," Ljubicic said after trying out the center hall court for three days.
"In fact, it is similar to surfaces adopted at most of the events on the tour."
Ljubicic was among the players who had complained about the court being too sticky last year.
Rafael Nadal's uncle Tony Nadal, who is also his coach, had lambasted the ATP last year for "being unfair" to claycourt players like his nephew for their choice of fast but low bouncing carpet.
Nadal eventually withdrew from the tournament last year over injury fears.
But the Spaniard, ranked second in the world after Roger Federer, gave the thumbs up after testing the court on Thursday.
"The ball is bouncing much higher this time. More importantly, I can move smoothly on the new surface. I don't have anything to complain now.
"Indeed, it even feels like, in some way, the surface at the Madrid Masters. That is my favorite venue,'' Nadal said after hitting couple of balls here.