On fresh grass in a best of 3 format? Meh. Nadal has struggled in the early rounds of Wimbledon before and in the Wimbledon warm up tourneys. He usually really hits his stride the second week once the grass is worn down and plays more like clay
I was about to co-sign you, but then you overstated.
Nadal hits his stride in the second week because playing inside the baseline and hitting the ball flat isn't his normal M.O.
The Wimby court gets worn down by the end of the tournament, but it plays nothing remotely close to clay and you know this. I'm not picking on you, but this is in the pantheon for the most ridiculous illogical line of reasoning I've ever heard.
1) where does the court get worn down? are balls bouncing there? Perhaps a visual illustration will help. Image: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_hpQ2iU7yiHA/SkU7PGUdMfI/AAAAAAAADF8/wHV2yEqWltM/s400/Wimbledon+2009+5+Centre.JPG
2) the slowing down effect you speak of would have occurred in all eras. You agree? In other words, the actual slowing down of the Wimby courts in 2001 or 2002 was a switch to a different, sturdier type of grass. And so the wearing away of the grass that occurs towards the end of the tournament would have had a greater slowing down effect prior to 2001 than it does now. You still following?
Well then why didn't we see serve and volleyers begin to struggle in the second week? The courts got worn out much more 30 years ago than they do today, because it wasn't just happening at the baseline, it was happening all over the court.
I would be happy if you would take the initiative and try to rebut what I'm saying. Please pretty please find me some evidence that the Wimby courts of the second week are something other than just negligibly slower than the first week.
This post was edited on 7/19 at 11:58 am