Federer and Mental toughness

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  1. Roforot

    Roforot Professional

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    Watching Federer take on the French, I'm amazed by how strong his psyche has become. I remember that a few years ago he could play fantastic when things were going well. But if he made a bad error or lost a set or got a bad call, it seemed like he was much more fragile. I remember seeing him cry a lot also. And it seemed like he had more difficulty w/ people like Hewitt and Nalbandian who are grinders and also mentally strong. He's reminding of Sampras in this aspect.

    So how did he do it? Was it just winning a grand slam that made him tough, or did he win because of his toughness? Was it firing his coach? Reading "Winning Ugly?" Meditation?
     
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  2. python

    python Semi-Pro

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    With all due respect, neither Clement nor Escude are anywhere close to Hewitt and Nalbandian. Federer lost to Hewitt last year in Davis Cup. He got his revenge in the Australian Open, but I don't think that chapter in the book has been closed by any stretch of the imagination.

    Federer is playing like the best player in the world right now, but he's yet to approach anything like the relentless barracuda personal a guy like Ivan Lendl has among his fellow pros for a while in the 1980's. People are just starting to fear playing Federer... He has to keep it up a while before he's in Sampras's league... or even Lendl's.
     
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  3. federer2

    federer2 New User

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    I think Rogi is more mentally tough now though. He has held up recently eg against Agassi in IW when he would previously have folded
     
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  4. irishbanger

    irishbanger Rookie

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    He has such towering physical gifts that the only problem he will ever have is the mental aspect. And we have seen him metamorphisize into a much tougher mental player. Winning Wimbledon convinced him that he could beat anyone and he has ridden the confidence for a long time. But I think he is a genuinely nice person, and he will need to learn to keep his foot on his opponents necks if he is to grow mentally into a Connors or Lendl.
     
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