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Interview Insights – Kim Clijsters at Australian Open 2010
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
Kim Clijsters has had a good run at the Australian Open 2010 until her third match with Nadya Petrova when she unexpectedly lost 6:0, 6:1.

Many players can start to doubt their abilities and lose confidence and don’t know how to approach such a match with the correct mindset. But that’s the wrong way of thinking and it can start a downward spiral of confidence.

Kim Clijsters not playing well at Australian Open 2010 (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Here’s what Kim said about the match:

Q. Is it hurting you more the fact that you lost the game or the fact that you lost the game 6‑0, 6‑1?

KIM CLIJSTERS: No, not the score. Just, yeah, with the way that I played today. I was completely off. Just, you know, I think tennis‑wise, I didn’t feel the ball at all.

You know, matches like this, maybe it happens once a year where you feel like this. But, yeah, like I said, you don’t want it to happen more than this because then, you know, it’s not a coincidence.

I think I haven’t changed anything in my whole preparations before every match. Everything was the same, same routine, then something like this happens. That’s probably the most frustrating thing about it, is not knowing. That’s sports. You know, it can happen.

There are two important things Kim mentions: (more…)

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Interview Insights – Juan Martin Del Potro at US Open 2009
Sunday, September 20th, 2009
Juan Martin Del Potro reached his dream – he finally won the US Open this year by beating Roger Federer in five tough sets.

The parts of interviews below are from his 6 interviews that he gave at the US Open 2009 and I’ve chosen the parts that show how Juan Martin Del Potro mentally approached the US Open and how he mentally adjusted during the tournament.

Juan Martin Del Potro at the US Open 2009 / Photo by: Philip Hall/usopen.org
Juan Martin Del Potro at the US Open 2009 / Photo by: Philip Hall/usopen.org

Interview after beating Jurgen Melzer 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round:

Q. And in the hardcourt summer season, you have had great success. What do you attribute that to?

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: Well, I like the surface, for sure. I beat Roddick, González, and they are very good players on this kind of surface. But if I want to be a good player in the future and to beat Murray, Federer, and Djokovic on this surface, I will try.

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Interview Insights – Ana Ivanovic at US Open 2009
Friday, September 4th, 2009
Ana Ivanovic lost in the first round of the US Open 2009 against Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 3-6, 6-7.

It’s interesting to see how much Ana actually knows about the mental game and how it’s not really about learning more about the mental game but how difficult it is to implement and use what you know.

Q. What’s difficult about the toss, anyway? Seems not to be a difficult part of the game.

ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, serve should be the easiest part, because the only shot you control completely. Yeah, it’s – I think it just – it’s very hard to describe, because what happens is that sometimes when I toss, I either release too early or I flick it and I release too late. It’s just so hard to describe. It’s like, you know, I tried also to do exercises with heavier ball so I get more feel for it. I mean now it’s feeling better so I worked on that.

Ana says that the serve should be the easiest part but that belief (that the serve is the easiest) can set you up for many frustrating moments. (more…)

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Interview Insights – Roger Federer at Cincinatti Masters 2009
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
The interviews with top tennis players can teach you so much about the mental game and the how champion minds work.

Roger Federer is one of the most intelligent tennis players on the tour and taking the time to think about his answers in interviews can be extremely rewarding.

Roger recently won the Cincinnati Masters tournament where he beat Andy Murray in the semifinals and Novak Djokovic in the final.

Here’s are some of the more interesting parts of Roger’s interview Roger after his semifinal win against Murray… (more…)