No doubt, it is harder than it looks, a LOT harder. By way of agreeing with you further, from my vantage point, the CBS broadcast only contained footage from the top of the stadium. The occasional shots seen from The Tennis Channel earlier this week which were lower to the court and just over the players shoulders clearly demonstrated more curvature of the ball arc, in both vertical and horizontal travels, was not shown today.
But, I seek to point Andy towards an area where he can make a tactical improvement. Returns off of second serves were directed toward the middle of the court and straight at Novak. By not varying angle and body positioning permitted Novak to settle into rallies from the baseline which is his area of comfort.
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Such a different match from the Dubai semi final between Andy and Nole ..I'm sorry but Andy didn't play that well through out the whole tournament of Miami.. he was a real fighter but his game was all over the place in some of his matches his serve was atrocious. FH was awful. too many UE's. Im really disappointed fan here... He didn't really give us anything to shout about apart from a couple of points. He didn't know what to do out there He was just hitting it back to Nole, going back to his old style of play It seems like ages since Andy last won something. I miss that winning feeling ... so so much I want that Tokyo and Asia Form back... where did that go? When was the last time Andy won a semi and final against the top 4 back to back..?
Yes, but the court in Dubai was faster and also Andy hadn't had a three-day break between matches, something that I think was a big factor here. And if you want to talk about UEs, you should have watched the 2nd set of the Djokovic/Monaco match where Djoko's UEs were piling up so fast even the comms were a bit surprised. He was damned lucky to scrape through that on a tie-break.