Pretty much always short backswing and solid return. Throw in the occasional skidding slice BH to keep them on their toes.
I can't imagine taking a full cut at a serve that's anything less than a complete dolly. For a serve with any sort of pace it's unnecessary and just takes time away from yourself. Basically, it lowers the percentage of the shot for negligible additional benefit. There's a reason why none of the great returners (Agassi, Djokovic, etc.) are known for a big backswing on their returns.
If I have enough time to take a full cut at the ball and still hit it reliably, that's telling me that I'm standing too far back. I'd rather stand closer, have better angles and take more time away from my opponent.
Last edited by Caesar; 08-30-2011 at 07:39 PM.