Tactical Psychology in Miami (Spoilers maybe!)

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  1. Ash_Smith

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    Some really interesting tactical psychology on display in Miami last night...

    Cibulkova...
    "The turning point was [at] 6-1, 5-2 on my serve, and I just didn't finish the match," said Cibulkova. "Until then, I was killing her [with] the return and the forehand. After that, I just didn't want to go for so much. I just wanted her to beat herself. That didn't happen."

    Roddick...
    "It was kind of a game of chess," said Roddick. "I stayed back on the returns, which is something I have not done with him often early on. I think he might have been a little bit surprised by it. He made the adjustment like he does because he's Roger. He started coming in a lot and putting the pressure on me, and it was 6-1 in the second and 0/40 early in the third. It was apparent that that wasn't going to work much longer.

    "So I said, 'Well, all right. Let's kinda go over the top aggressive.'

    So one player takes a winning strategy which is still very much working and changes it under pressure of winning. The other takes a strategy, recognises the point at which the opponent has countered it and adjusts accordingly.

    I found it a very interesting difference in thought process under pressure - very different reactions to the "flight, fight, freeze" response!

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    Good post. Both matches were terrific to watch. Cibulkova showed that you can't expect Azarenka to make enough errors to lose. Roddick-Federer was the TV thriller of the year so far with the crowd on their feet for both players. Roddick was shaking with exhiliration right after the match. Roddick implied in an interview after the match that his 3rd set break of Federer was one of the best return games he ever played in his life. Good one Andy.
     
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    Agree those two matches were fantastic. I don't think Roddick is a changed man though yet. An old saying from asia: a cornered mouse can bite a cat. Great results for him though, he probably didn't want to retire his career yet. And Cibulkova, that's gonna hurt her for a while. What a match she played until that game 5-2 in second set. It's unbelievable how she uses her low height to keep the aggressive shots so low to make the opponent lost time and just uncomfortable. Love her game.
     
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    Yes, great matches, but intended or not, I think this above is misleading.
    Many of their matches have been too tight to call thru the years, with Fed
    eeking out the victory by slimmest margins. No mice in this matchup.
     
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    ^^^absolutely I was at the Wimbledon final in '09 when it went 16-14 in the final set - the most incredible match I've ever seen and but for a couple of points either way A-Rod could have taken home the trophy.

    I just found the relative psychology of the two players interesting, especially from Roddick, who I don't think many people give credit to for being tactically astute.

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    Their head to head record states otherwise. Roddick probably felt like a mouse starting the match. However, he is a competitor and he really pushed the limit when breaking fed in the third as if his baby's life depended on it. Hopefully he gained lots of confidence from this match.
     
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    It's sort of funny to think how that with a couple of little breaks here and there, (not svc breaks) we could be speaking and thinking of Andy in a whole different light,
    as well as Fed maybe not even approaching the record for majors.
    Sort of like the 1% you mention, but more like a .01% in this case. lol
     
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