On hardcourts and grass? Pete Sampras: "I mean, great a player as Nadal is, you put a really good serve-and-volleyer against him and you have got to feel pretty good about it." Q: So you would fancy your chances against him on grass? Pete Sampras: "Oh yeah, even today. If I worked at it.... But seeing how everyone's playing, staying back on grass like it's almost like Roland Garros...Roger Federer is a legend in the making, he's such a great mover and can go from defence to attack in an instant. Regardless of whether he stopped tomorrow, he's dominated his generation more than anyone has. Nadal is a great player, but the rest I look at are just really 'good' baseline players. But even Roger's staying back at Wimbledon. When I played him, he came in on every ball. I have always felt the best tennis was a contrast: Borg and McEnroe, Becker and Edberg, me and Andre, someone stays back, someone comes in. Now it's just guys banging from the back courts. When I watch Roger freewheeling, so confident, it's such a great feeling, but if I was playing him now, I would still try and take his time away, come to the net first and second serve, attack his second serve, same as with Andre. Nobody takes his time away. I'd just come at him and keep coming." My question to the posters here: of all today's big-servers being able to send down 135-150mph bombs, why can't any of them go to the net or employed any form of serve-n-volley game? Are today's servers just big on power and speed and not enough on placement? Example: does Andy Roddick honestly think he's going to get passed time-after-time at the net when he's served a 145mph bomb 'down-the-T'? Of course he doesn't - but you see him approach the net and his volleying looks terrible - it appears that he, like a good % of the ATP havent been taught how to volley correctly, IMO. Sampras is right on the money his comments. I also feel that using some form of serve-and-volley game is the main key to knock out Federer out of the comfort-zone, with a first serve average of say, 130mph and second serve of 100-110 mph, which kicks high. Tactics 1 - A guy who can serve well at this speed has the options of a high kick-serve to the Federer backhand - which Rafael Nadal has consistently shown to be a BIG weakness for Federer cos he employes the one-handed backhand. He'd will block the big one back, hard volleys into the open court is one option, cos Federer is so quick to work your game out, this drop-volley shouldn't be done too often, cause Federer is real fast around the court, too. 2 - With return games, you have to attack the second serve of Federer, cause it dosent have much speed but it can kick - it's usually around 90-100mph. 3 - The trickier option but real key to beat Federer by baseline game is to force him to hit that backhand on the run. Federer has a good running forehand, but I've witnessed many times, that he has a real shaky backhand on the run. For proof of the above three tactics, just watch what Marat Safin did to Federer in the Australian Open semi-final in 2005. Safin seems to hits the ball flatter, harder and cleaner together than anyone else on tour and employed this tactic over and over again....result was that Federer, playing awesome tennis himself that night, was pegged back on the defense for a lot of the match cos Safin never let up with hitting big 135mph bombs (with a solitary double-fault!), served-n-volleyed at big points and crushed the ball back to Federer's backhand all night. I think that's the key: constantly attack behind a big serve and force him to hit backhand on the run. I might be on thin-ice with my thoughts and tactics here , but feel free to chip-in with your own views or correct me if I'm way off target! Thanks.