Originally Posted by ChampionshipPoints
I totally agree with you here. No matter how good a returner is, he can only "chip" the return after a good serve by Milos. He cannot control the return most of the time. So S&V would always be in Milos' advantage when he's facing a good returner as in Murray.
I hesitate to call what I am describing as S&V (which he does off his kick serve), but more just a different approach to handling deep returns by not letting it bounce, i.e. more of a groundstroke out of the air. I believe that most of the big servers don't serve and volley because they can't get anywhere near close enough to the net, which lets their opponent hit at their feet (even if not that hard), producing a pop up volley and lots of trouble for the server; this is why all the big servers became big serve big forehand off the short ball.
So what I propose is that instead of a pure serve and volley, when his opponent hits a deep float return (which Murray was basically always doing), instead of letting it bounce and having to play an off balance and awkward shot, have Milos take 2-3 steps into the court and blast a forehand out of the air from there. If he could do that, then he forces his opponent to really have to go for the return (which is almost impossible).
I would also add that he definitely needs to use more variety in his serves. Murray (and a few other players who do better than expected against his serve) exploit the fact that Milos uses 3 serves in both courts, which allows them to guess and be right half the time (though Murray was the first guy I have seen Milos play who didn't appear to be guessing....):
Deuce: It is always a bomb down the middle, bomb out wide or slice out wide.
Ad: Bomb down the middle, bomb out wide, kick out wide.
So I feel he needs to add the kick down the middle in the Deuce court (I feel he could make his opponent hit the ball from the complete opposite side of the court with this), slice down the middle in the Ad court and most importantly, bombs and slices at his opponent. I don't think he hit a single body serve against Murray, yet it clearly worked wonders against PMH when he started camping the wide kick 2nd serve in that match.