Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem had very different opinions on the Rotterdam central court speed and the Tecnifibre balls. The 19-year-old German player, beaten by the Austrian 6/4 in the third set, thinks that the court was too low: 'The conditions here are horrible for me. The court is very low-bouncing. The ball is very soft, almost like these soft balls used by kids.
They almost don't bounce. For my game, with my serve, you normally return it at shoulder height. He was returning at hip height all the time, which helps him a lot.' 'It seems a wet clay court. His favourite surface is clay and so he felt confortable playing behind the baseline while I could not hit winners.
Last week (in Montpellier where he won the title) we played with Head Balls and I did not have enough time to get used to the condition here since I trained only for one day. It's not that we should play with the same kind of balls all the year long, but when there are three indoor tournaments in a row we should play with the same type of ball.' Dominic Thiem's thoughts are not like Zverev's. 'I really dislike the HEAD balls, they are like rocks.
So it's good to be in Rotterdam where there is a slower surface and the balls (Tecnifibre) are much better. I would be in for a 100% to play the same ball all year long.' ALSO READ: Dominic Thiem: 'No one can plan to be a future World No. 1