Roger Federer explains why top seeds have failed at the Australian Open

Roger Federer explains why top seeds have failed at the Australian Open

Roger Federer has suggested that the increase in court speed at this year's Australian Open is the reason why the top seeds are struggling to make it to the later stages. This is the first time since 2011 that neither of the top two seeds have failed to make it to the final of the year's first Slam. The Plexicushion surface that has been used at the Open this year has increased its speed dramatically, and the 35-year-old said that it resembled a surface from a decade ago when all the courts used to be fast. Six of the eight semi-finalists are above the age of 30 which suggest that Federer might have a good point. "I think with faster conditions, the older generation, I'm saying like anything before 2005, they are used to faster courts. From that moment on, it was a switch. Maybe it was shortly before that. I'm not sure. But we had to grow up in faster conditions," Federer said during the post-match press conference, reported The Sydney Morning Herald. "Everything changed as time went by. I think if you look at also Venus(Williams), she loves the fast courts. She always has. I think it just is natural for her to play well on this surface because maybe there's less thinking going on, you just play with instinct. That's maybe what older guys can do very well because they don't get frustrated in faster conditions."

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