Re: "Speed up the courts and general court speed Thread"
I don't know if anybody's posted this here before but Nadal last summer was the first RG/Wimbledon champ since himself in 2005 not to reach SF in the other event. Actually, it was the first time since 2005 when RG champ didn't make the Wimbledon final. 2004 was the last year when both players who won RG and Wimbledon didn't reach the SF of the other event. Federer in 2005 was the first player to win either Wimbledon or RG and reach the semi of the other since Agassi in 1999 when he won RG and reached Wimbledon final. And the last man before Agassi to do that was Becker in 1989 reching RG SF and winning Wimbledon.
So, it used to be much more difficult to succeed on both clay and grass until mid-00s. Surface homogenization would be a logical explanation for why it's so much easier nowadays.
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