4/27/12 4:54 PM | Johan Lindahl
Fair-minded Roger Federer is willing to give Madrid tournament supremo Ion Tiriac the benefit of the doubt.
The Masters 1000 event is planning to play the upcoming edition on unorthodox blue clay - another first for the innovative - some might say slightly mad - Romanian billionaire.
"Tiriac does a lot of good for tennis, so let's see how this goes," said Federer.
But the Swiss also warns that his tolerance for the experiment which has whipped up a firestorm on the ATP can only stretch so far.
"I'm also all for tradition, but I understand that you have to try new things," the world No. 3 told Zurich's Tages-Anzeiger. "But the courts in Madrid must be absolutely perfect - otherwise it will be a debacle for the tournament,"
Federer will return to the courts from a month off to rest when Madrid begins a week from Sunday at the Caja Magica. Rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal firmly oppose the blue clay plan, with Nadal the most vocal in his opposition. Federer will take it as it comes.
"I have no idea how this will work out," said the 30-year-old. "Nadal was vehemently against it, and I supported him. He feels it is a break with a tradition to play on blue clay. What would be next? If every tournament could have its way would we next play on grey, green or red?"
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