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article imageFederer, Nadal to meet on half-clay, half-grass court

By Tea Lulic     May 1, 2007 in Sports
For all of you tennis fans out there, here is the ultimate thrill of the game ever to come to existence: playing on mixed surface -- half-clay, half-grass!
The top two men in today's professional tennis are going to meet on Wednesday to play an exhibition match. But no! Do not think it is just an exhibition match. Since it is known that Nadal is the king of clay and Federer the king of grass, organizers of the event have made a court especially for them -- half grass, half clay.
The event is organized in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands. It took organizers approximately 19 days and only $1.63 million to create this court with unique surface.
"It'll be fun to find out what it's like to play on a court with mixed surfaces," Federer said Tuesday. "And it ought to be interesting to see who chooses the better tactic.The result is not the most important thing. It's about having fun out there. It's going to be exciting and a good atmosphere. It doesn't always need to be crazy serious out on the match courts."
You bet it is going to be fun! In my opinion, it is going to be absolutely insane! The tickets were sold out to approximately 7,000 people.
Federer has not lost on grass for four years -- he did win 4 titles in the past 4 years. However, Nadal has won a record of 72 matches on clay including 2 French Open titles.
I think this match should be very interesting to see. Nadal is known for his heavy top-spin on clay while Federer can do absolutely anything on grass. If anyone has played tennis, you would know that grass is a much faster surface than clay. On clay courts, tennis players tend to use a lot of top-spin and the game is much, much slower. On the other hand, on the grass players need to think quickly because if they do not the ball will pass right by them.
I sure hope this event is televised because I will be glued to the TV. On the other hand, I would not mind playing on the mixed surface. I think it would add a lot of fun to the game and make it more interesting. I wonder if they will invent a Grand Slam or a tournament that will use mixed surface in the future. Now that would be something!
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