Of course the return of serve isn't likely to be anything like the one Lopez hit for really, really obvious reasons.
- Should Fed have gotten more bite or skid on the BH volley DTL (his 2nd volley in the video below).-
- Why is Fed's slice lacking bite? I saw several instances, here's one example which is a classic slice approach and should have kept low?
Here's one off the return of serve:
Compare to Lopez's slice here which skidded through causing the return to have to be hit really up without clean contact:
The serve was on the way up for a start, and struck at hear height. Even a fraction mistimed shot - as that one was - see the ball either short or long. Lopez's shot by contrast was hit from the sort of ball that is easiest to slice - knee height and near the baseline - so he was easily able to keep it low.
Not to mention Lopez is a lefty as well so Nadal faces that shape of shot only ever when he faces other lefties so is not nearly as grooved at replying to them (Lopez was, I think, only the 2nd lefty he's faced all year).