Originally Posted by Gut Check
Ummm, Mac seems like a reasonably intelligent fellow on the court. Why would he come in behind his serve almost all the time if he didn't feel like it increased his chances of winning each point?
1. Tradition. Back then, the equipment didn't allow for consistent agression from the baseline, so you had to aproach if you wanted to be aggressive.
2. I never said he'd win more if he stayed back. However, looking at SnV guys even as late as the 90s, their holding stats are lower than baseliners. SnV is risky, if you are a little sloppy, you miss the volleys.
Also, about statistics:
Statistics are like miniskirts, they reveal alot, but the most important things remain hidden.