Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Quote For The Day

"That said, there’s one other notable aspect about Nadal that continues to stick out this clay season: Even while he’s doing something unprecedented, and even while he can appear for long periods to be utterly invincible, he remains human on the court. That is, he remains subject to anxieties, dry spells, inexplicable shanks, and even the occasional tactical blunder. After winning the first set over Ferrer pretty much at will, Nadal’s level dropped in the second, and more than a few shots flew wildly off his frame. John McEnroe once said of Federer at his peak that he screwed up just enough to let you know he was human, before rising to the occasion and becoming infallible again. This combination made Federer even more impressive than if he’d been perfect all the way through. If anything, I’ve always felt this was even truer of Nadal: He lets you know that winning is work, and that one missed shot here or there—Ferrer nearly reached set point on Nadal’s serve in the second—is all it would take for him to end up on the losing side of any given day. As with Federer once upon a time, this only makes the fact that Nadal doesn’t lose those key points that much more impressive."--Steve Tignor

6 comments:

Beth said...

I am convinced, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Nadal's mental tenacity has saved him many, many times in tight matches, tie breaks, etc. He truly looks at each point as it's OWN MOMENT and doesn't get caught up in the mental 'what ifs' of losing that particular point. He is so able to be 'in the moment' during matches and to focus his energy on each...individual...point. He has incredible mental toughness and the belief that each and every point stands on its own to be won or lost. Yes, he does shank some balls, has some bad shot selections, etc., but this doesn't seem to affect him much mentally. He's able to let go of those moments and push on, undeterred. He's a VERY focused young man for 22.

Reem said...

I was just reading Steve's post last night and I was like wow that is so true. I think my admiration for Nadal lies in the fact the he really shows you how much he works for it. There r no cheap shots, there is no ridiculous perfection in every single stroke. There r lapses in between but he knows how to pull himself out of any hole, and that is why he is the ultimate competitor.

By the way Craig, I don't think you check your @replies on twitter.

Peter said...

I think truly deserve He truly looks at each point as it's OWN MOMENT and doesn't get caught up in the mental 'what ifs' of losing that particular point. He is so able to be 'in the moment' during matches and to focus his energy on each

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MMT said...

Remm: "Ridiculous perfection..." that's an interesting take.

sG said...

Steve's entire article is good, as usual.

Reem said...

@MMT: I said there's NO ridiculous perfection!