Originally Posted by BringBakTehGrass
How can you even begin to compare a serve and volley match with a baseline match? It's impossible.
You think the 08 match wasn't possible in 03? Or that the opponent in Nadal would absolutely nullify that kind of play. Not only that, Federer improved vastly from 03 to 08. No need for him to serve and volley to destroy an opponent - not that he needed it in this match. That match isn't even necessarily serve and volley - but a characterization of the lack of quality ROS, and quality baseline ground game by both players. In this case the loser an extremely bad example. Even then this not your stereotypical serve and volley match. Go to the 90's for that. You gotta laugh at those rallies for sure. The highlights of the match.
Federer killed Serve and Volley. And people say Nadal and the slowing of courts did. Just watch the match...Federer was always the superior baseline player against the likes Roddick and his peers. Until Nadal stepped up to the plate in a big way. Djokovic, Murray - the list goes on.
First point of the match is Fed coming to the net and getting burned.
Likewise destroying his opponent in the same fashion throughout the match for the entirety of it. Serve and volley didn't dictate the result of this game. The opponent had a bigger serve, serve and volley game. Federer's baseline ground game was simply superior. Passing shots galore left and right....now that sounds like something I saw at AO 2014 Semi's - failing miserably.