I would put Ferrer in that group as well. He's very consistent.
Scott, I know what you mean, but that's not what I'm talking about. It's actually part of what I've been to for a long time. Not taking chances that have a low percentage of panning out.
I've seen so many players (and have done so myself when I played) going after too much on the service return, trying to take advantage of a fairly weak serve. The top players just don't do that. They know what they can do, and don't attempt to do more. So they put themselves into a better place to perhaps winning a point, instead of going after a big return, and loosing the point right there.
It takes tremendous discipline and focus to do that and the top players have that in spades.
That being said Nadal got a lot more of Raonic's serves back, and once that happened Raonic was toast. No way Raonic was going to win a baseline battle with Nadal, and his attempts to get to the net were pretty much pathetic. So that is part of the equation, just not the part I'm talking about here.