Anger key to Novak's success?

TJfederer16

Hall of Fame
I've seen it countless times when Djokovic has gotten very angry and broken racket's etc. he seems to then play better. When he doesn't show this anger he seems to lose big matches e.g. Wimby 12' SF, USO 12' Final, Wimby 13' Final. But when that angers burst out of him e.g. USO 11' SF, Miami 15' Final, IW's 15' Final, He seems to find something extra and turn matches around. There seems to be a definite pattern appearing. Also if you go way back and look at USO 07' final, where he missed all those set points and still didn't show much anger. Then come AO 08' he seemed to have an air of anger about him as if its like he said 'its my time now move over', especially in the match against Roger in the Semis, very vocal and doing those long stares. It really does seem like anger plays a big part in Novak's game and when he loses that he tends to roll over more easily.
 

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
Better let the anger out right away than let it simmer. The worst is Murray's attitude: moping and complaining to himself, screaming to his camp, stomping his feet, and seemingly agonizing with frustration on and on and on. That is guaranteed to drain you mentally, drag you down in negativity and precipitate a loss.
Let it all out ONCE and then regroup.

(Anger/frustration is inevitable on a court but try to find a way you can cope with it as efficiently and quickly as possible. For a lot of players, smashing a racket does the trick, Safin would smash chairs lol, not recommended!!!)
 
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Inanimate_object

Hall of Fame
I've seen very few people play angry and succeed. Maybe only Connors, and he was less angry but more fiesty I guess. However venting the anger between points and proceeding to play, I think does Djokovic no harm at all. Better between points than to feel upset while the point is going on and netting an easy point. Similarly I'm not sure why Murray is always criticized so heavily for his audibles. If he wasn't muttering it out-loud, surely he would still be thinking it. Vocally expressing frustration is an quick solution to expelling bad thoughts and trying to regroup.
 

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
It's weird you're mentioning Connors. I would have thought McEnroe was the obvious example (of a a guy fueled by anger)
 
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Inanimate_object

Hall of Fame
It's weird you're mentioning Connors. I would have though McEnroe was the obvious eaxample (of a a guy fueled by anger)
I always associate McEnroe with the irritated child who makes a scene, but in reality is far less upset than what he shows. Connors though is just a angry no bull guy who was always jones-ing for a fight - even now.
 
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