Originally Posted by McLovin
It may seem like that, but I would argue that you have it backward. Returners are floating the return back because the server isn't serving & volleying.
If the server did follow it in, you can be damn sure the returner would step up & take a crack at it. But since there is no pressure, why risk it?
Federer was probably the first to realize this vs Roddick. No need to risk missing an aggressive return when blocking it back is (1) higher percentage and (2) restarts the point from a neutral position.
Exactly, and to further illustrate this point just watch some off the top singles players play doubles. With somebody already sitting on top off the net you won't see Federer slicing all of those returns.