Originally Posted by Saberq
slower courts and Sampras was almost retired at that point
Almost retired?? He wasn't even 30 years old and was in the top 4. He was playing great and beat Krajicek and Hewitt (nightmare match up and 10 years younger) to reach the final. Safin completely destroyed him.
And the AO 2005? Were Federer and Hewitt almost retired?
Safin wouldn't be hurt a lot by slower courts. It would benefit him in Wimbledon and wouldn't really change much at the other 3. He prefers fast HC to slow ones but he can easily play in both.