I thought id bring something up that got my attention during the final of the AO. Djokovic had an unusually high amount of points won at the net...and an unusually low number of smashes that were shanked (Even when he hit one horribly it slid of the top of the net into Andy's court).
Hers the net points stat for Novak
35/41 (85 %) in comparison to Federer's semi final display of 29/44 (66 %).
Keep in mind that Novak played a 4 set match with much less points played than in the semi-final.
We can also take into consideration that Novak was hitting many unforced errors off the baseline so during the match he actually mixed up his baseline play with a very solid display at the net at some crucial moments..the thing is that it worked like a charm unlike most of his matches that ive watched.
Now im not saying that Novak is an excellent volley-er, but it seems to me that hes learning to pick his moments much better..and is realizing many more opportunities to finish points at the net than before.
Add to this that he didn't shank an overhead during the whole match..I think that this could be a subject worth discussing.
And yes this is my first post so go easy on me