With the top defensive players increasingly getting the better of him often in recent years, Roger Federer would like to speed up the game of tennis.
Or at least the courts the matches are played on.
Federer lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of the season-ending ATP finals on Monday, and then praised the top-ranked Serb's ability to retrieve so many shots and keep the ball in play. That's a trait Djokovic shares with Federer's other two biggest rivals, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, and the Swiss star said attacking play doesn't always reap the benefits it deserves even on hard courts because they're often slower than they used to be.
''It's an easy fix. Just make quicker courts, then it's hard to defend,'' Federer said. ''Attacking style is more important. It's only on this type of slow courts that you can defend the way we are all doing right now.''
Monday's final at the O2 Arena had a familiar feel to it. Federer did most of the attacking, trying to dictate play with his for...