Playing injured

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China [CR6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) was in discomfort from the very beginning of the match, so much so that his mobility was severely compromised.  Although he would lose the match to [CR60] Jack Sock (USA), it was not an easy victory for Sock. Nishikori is a gifted player, his reaction time is…

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Hard loss to swallow

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China Every player struggles with doubts at some point in a match, and when they take over, your game deteriorates.  It is a vicious cycle, because with every mistake you make, the more your confidence drops, which leads to further errors. Doubts got the better of [CR55] Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) in the first set against [CR11]…

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Great escape

Shanghai Rolex Masters, China [CR44] Vasek Pospisil (CAN) plays high risk tennis and when he is on and his shots go in, it’s exciting.  The down side to this approach is the high ratio of errors and the lack of rhythm that his opponent contends with.  When his confidence is shaky and his timing is off, an astute…

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THE SERVE- PART I

The serve is the one stroke that a player controls. The sun, the wind, and your opponent’s shots are variables that you cannot control; thus, your serve can be a weapon if you learn how to perfect it.  STEP  I: PRACTICE YOUR SERVE  Most players don’t spend enough time practicing their serve and then they wonder why…

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Why does a gifted player underperform?

MY TWO CENTS: The simple answer, he or she is not a pure athlete.  Your desire to win should prevent you from not giving everything you have each time you step on court.  However, nothing is ever that simple, so there has to be other reasons why so many gifted players never maximize their potential. It’s befuddling to…

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One player short

China Open, Beijing Men’s Final: [CR1] Novak Djokovic vs. [CR6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) Tomas Berdych almost forgot to show up for his match today against Novak Djokovic. He made a very brief appearance at the end; however, Djokovic was not interested in an extended visit.  Djokovic served for the victory and a double bagel; however, a…

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