AzB Silver Member
I was surprised, too, given that with appropriate top spin and perhaps a bit of inside he probably could have come straight up-table for the 4. But I think he didn't see any easy/clear path to the 4 (perhaps the angle wasn't quite how it appears on TV, which happens, or he's not too comfortable with too much inside on long shots). I think if he had successfully executed the safety, not many people would really have complained.
I do think selling out there is what prompted him to attempt the kiss in the following rack. When in doubt, it's always better to go down swinging than give up the table and watch a guy run out.