Why Do Some Athletes Always Win?

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  1. marc45

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    I'm not going to read that article because I already know. Some people are just mentally tougher than others. It all comes down to the mental aspect.
     
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    definitely the way to go about things...good luck

    and my bad, meant this for the other forum..moderator can switch it if they like, sorry
     
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    Because their inner self hates to lose and they battle more.
     
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    Because the athletes below the top 6-7 world ranking in this sport are pretty subpar at this moment in time

    The conditions of the present day also make it much easier to be consistently dominant at this point in time.

    Before you were dealing with polarized conditions and a different seeding system which made upsets to top guys more possible to occur
     
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    because it's not random
     
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    My inner self hates to lose.
    My outer self doesn't always oblige it and win, though.
     
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    Some men/women are just born winners, it's steeped in their blood.
     
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    The article has more to do with muscle and endurance sports than a skill sport like tennis. While now a days stamina and endurance is a lot more important in tennis, it is hardly the deciding factor in most matches. The biggest factor is mental toughness, the ability to hit corners and lines and not make unforced errors. Having your red blood cells replenished at a higher rate than anyone is great for a sport like cycling, long distance running, long distance swimming ect where muscle endurance is all the sport is. But that can only get you so far in tennis if you keep making unforced errors before your opponent or your opponent can hit winners on you regularly.

    The dominant tennis players are just more mentally tough and confident than the rest. It could be in some part due to a genetically better tennis body, but like I said, you are only as good as your ability to keep the ball in.
     
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    Think of it this way: is not that some players are always winners, it is the winners tend to win all the time.
     
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    I haven't read it yet but I can summarize this in just one word - clutch. More so in tennis. If you can win the important points there is no way to lose.
     
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    Ignorance is bliss, isn't it?
     
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    I totally agree with this comment. You cannot explain why a mentally strong player like Nadal prevails with just genetic composition.
     
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    That's true, and I understand the other comments above, but let me ask you one thing...is it indisputable that the Big 4 are also the best athletes on tour, the best combination of speed, strength, flexibility, size?...I don't think there's any doubt about that, none...What the article suggests is that those guys Were born with more than Ferrer, and Del Potro, and Berdych, and Wawrinka..people do need to consider that...It's not all just working hard, many guys do..it's not just mental toughness, though those guys are great...this is an incredibly physical and athletic sport and those guys were gifted from birth...I think considering that to some people means you're taking away from them, it shouldn't..but it also shouldn't be forgotten that so many others simply don't have that and never will

    put it this way, do you think Serena's athletic ability has a little something to do with her success, especially lately?..can you imagine if she had 3 other players on tour with her physical abilities?..there's nobody even close, unlike the men
     
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    I agree. While the mental component in tennis is indisputably important - possibly the most important - it's absolutely the case that a player able to recover faster or last longer would find it easier to perform under tough conditions. The reason? Footwork. Doesn't matter how mentally tough you are, if your footwork isn't good, you're not going to perform well. And if you're not fit, your footwork isn't going to be good. So people who are genetically endowed with the ability to perform at a high level for a greater period of time will definitely be at an advantage.
     
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    right, if given a choice would Del Potro choose to move like Nadal or Del Potro?..would Isner choose to move like Isner or Federer?...would David Ferrer like to be taller?...would Tsonga like to be not so thickly built?..would Berdych like to be quicker?...there's only so much these folks can do....I do give Murray a lot of credit, he seems a little less athletically gifted than the other three, though still more than these other guys, but he did make a transformation
     
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    They always win because they are better. Djokovic is a better player than Stan. And, over the course of 5 sets, more often than not, he's going to come out on top.
     
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    I should point out I put it in because some guy was just ragging on Isner for not getting it done, and another for all the same guys winning..btw, Isner has gotten himself into great shape, and it's still not enough and probably never will be
     
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    Isner lost because he's a servebot with bad movement (despite working on his fitness) and the return game of a junior. He lost to a more complete tennis player in Kohlschreiber, a guy who relies on his overall game rather than one aspect of it.

    As for your question, they win because it's a best out of 5. We see guys getting upset all the time in all the other tournaments, but it's different in slams. Anyone can paint the lines and get a set, and it's just one more to get a match. But in a BO5, the greats have plenty of time to get a read on the opponent, try things out, find out what works, and apply what they've learned. Save for massive collapses like Murray/Federer at this USO, it takes a lot to knock out the best.
     
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    he's not just serve, he has a big and solid forehand..if he didn't have that he wouldn't even get to tiebreaks..it really doesn't help the argument to use terms like servebot...his other weaknesses are apparent, his forehand isn't one of them and denying he has a good one actually takes away from other players who beat him..btw, neither Karlovic (he has an excellent and effective slice) and Anderson (solid groundies all around) are servebots either, there are no servebots on tour.....terms like that I'm sure are why players probably have little respect for fan's knowledege...heck, there are even people who think Sampras was a servebot
     
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    There is no one single factor that separates a champion from the rest. All of what has been discussed are important: physique, mental toughness, training regimen, etc. I don't doubt genetic endowment is a huge advantage; I never said that.

    What I object to about the New Yorker article is that the author talks as if the genetics were the invisible, secret advantage that the champions have over the ordinary. He talks about the Kenyan's inborn gift for running long distance. Ok, then what separates one Kenyan runner from another? A minute difference in the genetic composition? what about caucasian runners who win marathons? Yes, genetic advantage is just one factor, but I don't see it can be the ultimate or decisive factor.
     
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    Um, no.

    The knowledge that you will never fatigue is the source of tremendous confidence. And the fact that you will never fatigue will undoubtedly facilitate a game based upon grinding and retrieval.

    For me, the most revealing part of the article was this:

     
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    "Um, no" right back at ya. You seem to have a hard time understanding that doping doesn't keep your ball from hitting the net or going out.. or that it doesn't subside competitive nervousness. It's not magic. I know I can't persuade you in any fashion because your mind has been locked in on the issue... probably because your favorite player has been beaten by someone. As I see it, the doping accusations on this forum are mostly driven by fanboy-ism. A poster's favorite player gets beaten and the poster wants an excuse as to why his favorite was beaten. This in turn creates enormous confirmation bias in order to support the argument that the only reason his favorite player was beaten was because the opponent cheated by using PEDS or doping.
     
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    So you think Isner's loss has nothing to do with Isner but rather with the genes that Mama and Papa Isner gave him?

    Like a genetic cap to how athletic you can get?
     
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    I disagree about his forehand. There's a huge difference between Isner's forehand and DelPo's. DelPo has a powerful forehand, Isner doesn't. Isner is a servebot. The rest of his game is pretty subpar by comparison to his serve.
     
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    Or they save some of their blood for the big match or add some juice...

    Look at baseball, cycling, Olympics, any sports analysis on winning not providing for doping is useless.
     
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    not nothing, but uh, yeah pretty much.....remember, with your username in particular, and Borg was my first hero, he said tennis is a running sport not a hitting sport...so, yeah kind of..not discounting mental and emotional aspects but it's tough for a guy like him
     
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    well, it's tough to compare anyone's forehand to Delpo's when he's healthy and hitting it, let's be fair....although he rarely is and does like he used to

    Isner's forehand looked quite good when he was going toe to toe with Rafa at RG in five sets....his weaknesses are obviously his backhand and movement and return...and yes, the mental and emotional part need to improve
     
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    I think the winning aspect is more prevalent in individual sporting events, where winning and losing is based on the person. In US football, teams may be focused on the quarterback, but he doesn't control the defense or special teams. In tennis, it's down to who's on stage.
     
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