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Roger’s 70th Win In A 100th Final
November 27th, 2011

Roger Federer did it again – winning the year end masters tournament for the 6th time. He had to beat Jo Wilfried Tsonga for the third time in 3 weeks to confirm his supremacy over Jo.

Roger Federer winning 6th ATP World Tour Finals title / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
Roger Federer winning 6th ATP World Tour Finals title / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

I followed the match and did my usual analysis but there’s nothing spectacular to report except that all sets were decided in flashes of brilliance of both players. Read the rest of this entry »

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What do Steve Jobs and Novak Djokovic Have in Common?
November 1st, 2011
Steve JobsThe last month has witnessed the loss of an icon in the computing industry. Today everyone is directly affected by Steve Jobs in one way or another.

Many people across the world have used iTunes at some point and many of us have ipods, ipads and/or iphones.

But there is an interesting lesson for those of us who play tennis here.

What is less well known, is that Steve Jobs had very few computer programming or assembly skills. You could call this a weakness but his strength was an incredible strength.

In his autobiography, he is described as having magical thinking. He would actually think of things that no one else would. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tennis Through The Eyes Of A 14 Year Old
October 21st, 2011
This is a guest post by Tom who loves the game of tennis and is sharing his views on tennis on his blog tomthetennisblogger.blogspot.com/.

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My name is Tom Hutchinson and I am a 14 year old Tennis enthusiast who is hungry to gain knowledge in the art of Tennis.

My story starts when I am 11, when I first got exposed to tennis. At this time I was a keen long distance runner and had an interest in badminton.

Looking back now it was quite funny thinking that when I saw people playing tennis I would try and pick out how people were hitting the ball subconsciously. Back then though I thought that Badminton was the best racket sport.

Gradually after many times at lunch looking over the tennis courts at my local sports centre I decided I wanted to learn a little bit more about the sport.

The first time I really watched Tennis was the Australian Open in 2008. Ever since that tournament I have been a tennis addict and a huge enthusiast for the sport. Read the rest of this entry »

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Novak Djokovic And His Domination Of Federer And Nadal
September 13th, 2011
Novak Djokovic’s amazing run continues with his fourth career Grand Slam title at the US Open and his 64-2 match record in 2011.

Novak Djokovic at the 2011 US Open
Novak Djokovic at the 2011 US Open (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

He was lucky though – but that’s what happens often in some players’ best years.

Here are my thoughts on the semifinals and finals of the US Open 2011…

Semifinals: Novak Djokovic – Roger Federer 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5

I think that two first two sets Federer asserted himself mentally especially in Novak’s mind.

Federer is a legend and he has beaten Novak many times in the past. In fact he ended his run at Roland Garros this year which was simply incredible when you consider Novak’s level of play at that period in the year.

So Novak has huge respect for Federer and I believe that held him back in the first two sets. He lost them in the mind when he faced a legend and saw him play his best tennis.

He didn’t feel that he was equal and that’s the small difference in the mindset that makes a big difference in the end result. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Difference Between Hard Court Tennis And Clay Court Tennis
July 23rd, 2011
Q: Dear Tomaz, some time ago I bought your books and I really enjoy them.

I am writing to ask you some tips because I am getting really frustrated.

I recently moved from the US to Italy. Before moving I was playing the best tennis of my life.

I was able to battle playing against 5.0 guys.

My game is very aggressive from the baseline. Big forehand. Solid 1 handed backhand (mainly topspin).

Since I moved to Italy I have no choice but to play on red clay. And this transition from hard court to clay is killing me.

I lose with players I should take easily. But for some reason my tennis is going down the drain.

I think I need a plan to react but I am not yet able to clearly analyze my problems. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trained Tennis Players And The Rest Of Us
July 21st, 2011
I just played in the National Tournament (for club players) in the over 50s age group.

I had the bad luck of playing the #1 seed – who is actually one of the top 3 players in the world in this age group.

But I am a 3.5/4.0 player and my opponent beat me easily. She made few mistakes. My best serves were not good enough & there was no apparent way to get to the net. She won 0 & 0.

I am not sure what I learned from this experience. It felt humiliating? Embarrassing? Playing the top seed in front of a crowd of her friends and other players etc.

So tomorrow I have a consolation match against a mortal – someone I might normally be competitive with.

Any advice on recovering from the shell shock of playing the #1 seed and pulling together an aggressive game for tomorrow? I am trying to remember why I was excited to enter this tournament. Read the rest of this entry »

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Novak Djokovic – Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 2011 Match Analysis
July 3rd, 2011
Novak Djokovic has set another milestone in his fantastic year of 2011 – he beat Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon 2011 final and justified his new #1 ranking.

Novak Djokovic wins the Wimbledon 2011
Novak Djokovic wins the Wimbledon 2011 (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Let’s see what happened in match and where Nole got the better of Rafa…

First set

Djokovic started his service games with extra special care when he was bouncing the ball before the serve. It seemed too deliberate too me – since that’s not his usual rhythm.

And when you ‘re not looking to find your usual rhythm, you’ll also have troubles finding the zone. Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Break Opponent’s Zone Play
June 30th, 2011
Sometimes your opponent will enter the zone and play their best tennis which will be at much higher level than they usually play on.

The recent win of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga over Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarter-finals was a great example of that.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Roger Federer in Wimbledon 2011 QF
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Roger Federer in Wimbledon 2011 QF (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Once Tsonga was 2 sets to love down, he felt he had nothing to lose. He started to go for shots and was not afraid to miss.

He simply entered the zone and Federer was unable to take him out of the zone.

Actually, in my opinion Federer never tried to break Tsonga’s zone and I am not sure he even knows that such an approach exists. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Mental Tennis | 4 Comments »

Nadal – Federer Grand Slam Final #8 – And Win #6 For Rafa
June 8th, 2011
Rafael Nadal scored another win in the Grand Slam finals against Roger Federer with the recent win at the Roland Garros 2011.

Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer in Roland Garros 2011 Final
Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer in Roland Garros 2011 Final (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Nadal now leads 6-2 in the Grand Slam finals against Federer.

The question that many ponder is what would have happened if Federer won the first set.

He was a break up and missed a drop shot by a centimeter at a set point which would have given him a 6-2 first set. That would surely send a very strong message to both players.

Federer would really start to believe that he has a chance. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Shot Combinations That Helped Li Na Win Roland Garros 2011
June 4th, 2011
Li Na of China won her first Grand Slam title today by beating Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 in the Roland Garros final.

Li Na wins Roland Garros 2011
Li Na wins Roland Garros 2011 / Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Li Na played her usual game with relatively flat and fast groundstrokes which keep her opponents under pressure but she used three shot combinations that I think made the difference.

1. Serve to the forehand of Francesca
Francesca perfers to play her forehand more than her backhand so most opponents keeps serving to her backhand.

She expects serves to backhand more and Li Na surprised her quite a few times with a serve to the forehand – especially on the advantage side. Read the rest of this entry »

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