What's the first Sign of Age in a Tennis Player?

The-Champ

Legend
More unforced errors in general.
yepp, because of less brilliant footwork which both Federer and Nadal were supreme at some 7-8 years ago. Federer had better reflexes at the net and was a better volleyer in his younger days. And of course Nadal used to be lightning fast.
 

Tcbtennis

Hall of Fame
I think that the very first sign (at least in Fed, but now in Rafa), even before you've noticed that a player has lost a step, is the drop in ability to capitalize on break point opportunities. I think that it is a mental issue first then the physical part comes soon afterward.
 

ivan_the_terrible

Hall of Fame
What's the first Sign of Age in a Tennis Player?

I ran that through google translate choosing all of the language options and drew a blank.
 

cc0509

Talk Tennis Guru
Mental walkabouts where a player loses focus on important points like break points for example. I think that comes even before the breakdown of footwork.
 

cc0509

Talk Tennis Guru
Why is that stupid? It is a perfectly rational observation. As a player ages and has a lot of mileage he often tends to lose the ability to focus mentally on important points and can let the big points get away more often. You saw it with Roger and you are seeing it now with Nadal (who used to be the king of break points.)

Footwork, speed and reflexes go too but I think the mental component is just as important if not more so.
 
Mental walkabouts where a player loses focus on important points like break points for example. I think that comes even before the breakdown of footwork.
That's a really good point. There is so much more that players are concerned about as they get older.
 

OddJack

G.O.A.T.
Why is that stupid? It is a perfectly rational observation. As a player ages and has a lot of mileage he often tends to lose the ability to focus mentally on important points and can let the big points get away more often. You saw it with Roger and you are seeing it now with Nadal (who used to be the king of break points.)

Footwork, speed and reflexes go too but I think the mental component is just as important if not more so.
oh, that response was not for your post. Was for this:

What's the first Sign of Age in a Tennis Player?

I ran that through google translate choosing all of the language options and drew a blank.
 

OddJack

G.O.A.T.
See, some of you guys are mixing things up a lil bit.

When we refer to sign of age in a tennis player, it's a little bit different from "why".

Responses such as " break points not converted", or "unforced errors" or " losingto players they never lost before" are acceptable as sings because it's numeric and measurable.

"mental" and "leg speed" are not. You cannot really point to a time that the leg speed of a certain player suddenly slowed down.

For example, I could point to Fed's amazing 23 consistent Major SF and argue that when he lost it at FO, that's was the first sing of his age.

Or, I would point to Nadal's loss to Wawa at AO final and say that it was the first sing of his age, losing to a player he never lost before, and that in a Major final.

Now, if I asked "why" Fed lost in that Quarter match in FO, you could argue it was leg speed, or mental break down.. etc.
 

Zoolander

Hall of Fame
Not wanting to get back up at the change of ends. Pulling a beer from your bag instead of a water bottle or gatorade.
 
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