Top seeds give fast Paris courts thumbs up
Roger Federer, on the fast pace of the Paris Indoors courts this year: "It's nice that some tournaments have made the courts faster again. I'm not saying it should be the trend for all the tournaments, but indoors is supposed to be faster. We only have one indoor Masters 1000, so I think it should be the fastest one, which is the case.
"Shanghai was brutally slow, Toronto was very slow as well. The only other one that is a little bit fast is Cincinnati, then Miami and Indian Wells have been also slowed down drastically. It's good for the players, honestly, to experience a faster court again, and a bit of two-shot tennis is fun for a change to do. It's tricky, it's not easy—but it's fun."
Novak Djokovic: "It's very fast... a lot different from last year.
"It's good to have a faster court so you can make the players go to the net a little bit more."
Andy Murray: "I like varying surfaces... indoor tennis should be fast.
"But it's annoying when it changes week to week. Last weekwas one of the slowest courts we've had all year, and here it was lightning quick.
"It would be nice for the players to have a run of tournaments on the same surfaces. It's tough to play tennis week in, week out if you're always changing the surface. You're not going to play your best tennis after just two days."
Andy Roddick: "It's a different type of tennis.
"I believe it's become so monotonous ... it feels like there is a slow court available nine months of the year."