The players have no choice: Dominic Thiem can barely defend against Wawrinka’s forehand. Wawrinka sees the opportunity to attack. He hits a nice slice backhand approach and attacks the net running in the direction of his approach shot.
This clip is a great example of a sneak attack, that is, a situation when a player decides to approach the net only after he/she sees that his/her shot will get the opponent in trouble.In this case, Stepanek catches Murray leaning in the wrong direction and is able to force him with a neutral crosscourt backhand – a shot that would normally not lead to an opportunity to approach the net.
David Ferrer runs around the backhand and hits a forcing return crosscourt. As he sees his opponent in trouble, David moves forward but does not have quite the time to hit the incoming shot in the air.
In this rally against Bautista-Agut, Rafa wants to dominate as usual with his forehand.
One volley in the wrong place and it can be over in a promising attacking situation. That’s the danger against defensive artists like Andy Murray.
If we look at the impact points of the ball (Ball Impacts) we see that they are neatly distributed all over the field, but mostly not too close to the lines (Safety Zone).