We need fast courts like Paris, say Djokovic and Roddick

Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:01pm GMT

By John Irish

PARIS (Reuters) - Tennis needs faster courts because the slower surfaces are helping baseliners and killing off serve and volleying, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick said at the Paris Masters on Wednesday.

The early rounds here have seen Djokovic, Fernando Verdasco and Andy Murray struggle early on as they try to get to grips with a court that has had a complete overhaul since 2009.

"It's very fast ... a lot different from last year (which) was quite slow," defending champion Djokovic told reporters after reaching the third round with a 6-4 6-3 win over Argentine Juan Monaco.

"It's good to have a faster court so you can make the players go to the net a little bit more."

The Serb said most courts nowadays were slow, whether indoor or outdoor.

"The players that are on top of men's tennis these days are baseline players," said Djokovic. "You don't see a lot of serve and volleying because everybody's returning so well."

Roddick breezed past Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-1 6-4 with a mix of booming serves and subtle volleys, something the eighth-seeded American feels is missing from the game.

"It's a different type of tennis ... you get rewarded for chipping balls around," he said.   Continued...

<p>Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Philipp Petzschner of Germany at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 2, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine</p>
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