Federer and the French...MENTAL?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by FedSampras, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. FedSampras

    FedSampras Semi-Pro

    Oct 27, 2006
    All sports have 4 main areas - technical, tactical, physical and mental. Tennis is no exception and the mental part of tennis is usually the deciding factor that tips the scales in the match.

    Fed is perfect in the 3 other areas ( that's why he is the BEST/on his way to GOAT status) but I think not winning the French Open is more of a mental thing for Federer. Don't get me wrong, Fed is one of the mentally toughest players I have ever seen but it seems he plays tentative, less agressive and error prone tennis on clay and still does not have that belief deep inside that he can win at Roland Garros.

    Federer is the ultimate tennis player ( he has the most complete game among past and present tennis champions ( men and women) and has the game to dominate and beat Nadal at Roland Garros. But as of now, the mental aspect is preventing him from winning the French.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2007
  2. FiveO

    FiveO Hall of Fame

    Feb 18, 2005
    Mental? More of match-up problem and a very specific one, so much so that it throws a monkey wrench into the normal flow of Fed's A-game and results in taking Fed completely out of his comfort zone on that surface.

    Does this result in a mental issue? Yeah, doubt. Doubt that doesn't rear its ugly head against anyone else on any other surface. Doubt breeds indecision and indecisive application of tactics, shot selection, shot execution, loss in belief, etc., making it appear that the wheels fall off the Fed Ferrari. So ultimately it proves only that even those with almost unthinkable ability do have an achiles heel, a point at which everything is disrupted and breaks, but to me it can be traced back to a simple, physical match-up problem on one specific surface. In my heart of hearts should they meet on grass or hardcourts that "Mental" issue won't be seen because that single, repetitive physical match-up won't be accessible to Nadal as often as it is on red clay.
  3. PrinceO3TourOS

    PrinceO3TourOS Rookie

    Apr 19, 2007
    Santiago, Chile
    Yes, I agree with you FedSampras :D The problem of Fed on Clay against Rafa is 90% Mental and 10% Tactical :lol:
  4. darkdreaming

    darkdreaming New User

    Sep 1, 2005

    five o ...your assessment and your post is spot on ...really spot on ..i ve seldom come here ...and enjoyed a thoroughly well stated and thought out post ....i do concur with you ...fed pbs is mental insofar as the match up pbs ...leads to doubts and indecision and so on ...and at times i thought even when the match up was less of an issue on faster surfaces the doubting mindset remained till the tennis master cup ...

    thanks for the read.
  5. Lleytian3

    Lleytian3 Semi-Pro

    Sep 4, 2006
    i reelie do like this post/thread
    it is a reelie good one and very good anyalysis
  6. edmondsm

    edmondsm Legend

    Nov 26, 2005
    In an in between place.
    Yep, mental. The match-up might be at the root of it, I don't know, but Fed was having no trouble getting break points early in that match and continued to blow all but one of them. What was it, 16 of 17 break points lost? Ouch. That to me screams 100% mental.
  7. Nadal_Freak

    Nadal_Freak Banned

    Sep 6, 2006
    Harker Heights, Texas
    Nadal wasn't playing well for the first 2 sets. He picked it up finally in the 3rd set.
  8. FedererUberAlles

    FedererUberAlles Professional

    May 28, 2005
    i... a aa ... gree .. .. ...

    thank ...s ...for ...the..reed...
  9. AJK1

    AJK1 Hall of Fame

    Apr 21, 2005
    Federer finally admitted after the RG that he has difficulty with Nadal being a lefty, and he said it was always awkward for him.
  10. FREDDY

    FREDDY Semi-Pro

    Mar 5, 2005
    unfortunately, it has became mental for federer. until he lets go and accepts that it's something he will never achieve will the opportunity arise. it sounds like illogical, but think about it all the weight of winning will be gone.

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