Federer gets his Miami Open campaign underway this evening against Moldovan Radu Albot.
The Swiss star will debut on the Hard Rock Stadium – which is the new venue for the second leg of the ‘Sunshine Double’.
But he feels there are substantial differences between this set-up and Crandon Park – the Miami Open’s former home.
“I think in the past it has always been a very windy place and also one that can be extremely hot,” Federer told beIN Sports.
“I think with the change into this stadium it will take that away a little bit.
“There is not as much wind that will be able to come into it.
“The shade is also creeping in before one o’clock so we will see less sun on the court.
“It is going to be easier and more comfortable for the players so the quality will go up a little bit.
“It has always been a challenge because it is the last hard court event of this long swing that we get from the end of July all the way until the first of April.
“You want to finish off strong before you have a surface change and I have always had a good time here in Miami.”
Federer’s long-term rival Djokovic progressed to the third round with victory over Bernard Tomic yesterday.
And he also spoke of the changes in the court conditions.
“It feels like indoor a little bit,” he said.
“It’s quite different conditions than from playing on the outside courts where it’s quite windy during the day. Center court has literally no sun after 1 pm. It does feel like an indoor a little bit.
“But it’s a nice court. They’ve done a really good job. They have taken I think q very bold step forward in the right direction, this tournament.
“For us being part of the Dolphin, Miami Dolphins Stadium, is a treat. Hopefully we can have even more people filling out the stadium in the next days.”
Published at Sat, 23 Mar 2019 18:40:00 +0000