The recent battle of the champions’ surfaces, featuring Nadal versus Federer on a hybrid court, half grass and half clay, was completely innovative. When I read about the concept, it felt instinctively distinctly weird. The bounce on your side and the movement underfoot changed at every changeover (they changed their footwear at the same time). And yet, it worked like a treat. And the final score was worthy of the innovation: Nadal in 3 sets 7-5 4-6 7-6 (12-10).

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