I think this could be very effectice if used wisely. For example Nadal was standing 5 m behind the baseline on average to return against Federer in Rome today. How would he return a serve like this? Any thoughts, why is it so rarely used?
That's exactly what I said. Lendl didn't cared about gamesmanship. This, with the amounts of time he aimed at his opponent when said opponent was at net. Something that ironically, Berdych carries on. At the Open 13 Finals, he did aim at Tsonga when he was at net. When the Berd turned back after the second time he did it, by reading on Tsonga 's lips we could read a "fils de p*te"... :lol:
Gamesmanship - certainly, but I'd argue that its no more so than the returner moving forward to try and force a fault.
Be interesting to see what Rafa would do though. He stands further back than Borg and has a great ROS at least in part because he has time to take a full cut; if he had to think about a short serve and maybe had to change his play because of it... who knows.