alright i know why I was so insistent.. in the anime, yamato explains his ability differently, saying the reason why tezuka chases an illusion ball is because
yamato knows that tezuka instintcly plays by observing a players' movements and " breathing". and since that is what tezuka does instinctively, yamato is able to use his ability against him. (almost like subconsciously playstyle)
so that's why I reasoned this technique is specifically is used for him although it could be used for others.
I guess other advanced players also look at breathing to see where the ball will land.
how ever in the manga it doesn't explain it that well. also I'll probably agree that most advanced players look at their opponents movements to help anticipate the direction of the ball, but to look at someone's breathing that's really advanced. Not sure how many do that, and atobe saw through it in the anime with his insight.