INDIAN WELLS is played on a very slow, Plexipave hard court. The surface has a gritty texture which tends to chew the ball up quickly, making outright winners off the ground difficult to come by. Nadal has won the title here in two of the last three seasons, illustrating that the high bouncing courts are obviously to his liking. "The ball and the court is a little bit different here," Nadal said. "The ball gets a lot of topspin so that helps me a little bit here. I would say the conditions are better for me here." Other solid, difficult-to-penetrate baseline players such as Agassi and Hewitt have excellent records here, while big-serving Andy Roddick doesn't perform as well here as he does at many other U.S tournaments. "The court is almost comparable to a piece of sandpaper, so the balls check up," Roddick said. The venue is exposed to the wind and temperatures can sore. Indian Wells ranked way down in 40th place for service points won in 2009 [62.8%]. "Indian Wells is the slowest court I've ever seen," Eurosport commentator Leif Shiras said in 2009. "It's slower than the French Open." The will use Penn ATP balls.