Originally Posted by GeorgeWHitler
I am not going to defend him he has won matches on it before and the court is exactly the same for both players.
For one Roger should be better than in Hamburg, as it's a lot fasterand that benefits him even more.
Yes, I agree. I expect he will spend more time on that court before RG this year (assuming the FFT let him, and I don't see why they wouldn't), so he can get used to it. Once he wins some matches on it, his confidence will grow.
He did serve and volley in Gstaad this year, where the surface is quite fast. Interesting though that he mostly did it when he was really tired, in order to make the points shorter. It worked fine; perhaps he can consider using it as a tactic on clay more often. Rome might be another good place to try it.
I hope the s/v tactics is something Tony has helped him with over the past couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see what he tries out in Doha.