Originally Posted by luvforty
not sure i'd call it strategy.... the guy choked, plain and simple... it's hard to blame him though, 12 previous losses plus a bull dog of opponent is a very tough situation to over come.
Ferrer was basically just sending every ball down the middle and turn it into a contest of consistency... and almagro missed a few easy balls.
if that can be called a strategy.... well, then tennis would be too primitive, strategically speaking.
That's a strategy in my book. It forces Amagro to choose - go for the winner or hang in the rally. Ferrer's saying (with his tennis) that he can hang with Almagro all day long. So now you're Almagro. Do you try to hang with Ferrer and stay conservative? Can't go too conservative or Ferrer will hurt you. Or do you get brave and take Ferrer dtl at some point? When? Higher risk shot, and you know that if you don't hit it well that Ferrer's going to run it down and now you've potentially put yourself in a bad position. You have several hundred milliseconds to make your decision while you're running down the next shot - take your time.
Originally Posted by sureshs
I would not call mental strength a strategy.
Again I disagree. Mental toughness, keeping your head in the point, having the confidence that you can hit extra balls and not go for the winner too soon, is a weapon. You fold that into an overall strategy of when and how to get aggressive or stay conservative.
Remember that these guys are hitting big almost every shot. Even the conservative shots are pretty good rips. I don't think that maintaining that belief in yourself, and not letting the doubts creep in, is trivial.