Indoor tennis is all about speed of thought. Conditions are controlled, so there are no variables like sun or wind. Tennis balls often bounce lower and generally skid through the court. It all means that players are forced to be aggressive in their shot selection and match tactics.
Novak Djokovic, a winner of eight indoor titles, has compiled a perfect 12-0 record at indoor tournaments over the past 52 weeks to lead the FedEx ATP Win-Loss Index. By comparison, Roger Federer, the winner of the most indoor trophies (20) among active players and with a 240-60 (.800) lifetime record, has performed strongly over the past decade.
Richard Gasquet, who has gone 16-9 indoors over the past 52 weeks, says, “Djokovic and Federer are incredible players. They are doing everything perfectly. They serve big, big forehands, big backhands and they move incredible on the court.
“Hitting the ball cleanly is essential to playing well indoors. Of course, it’s faster than outdoors and not windy, so everybody can play better indoors. It’s important to serve well. The serve is the main key on indoor courts.”