Originally Posted by Rosie
Actually I don't agree that his serve is the weakest thing - his mentality is the weakest thing in my opinion, and that in turn controls his "nervous serve". I do see what you're saying, but I think it's only fair to say that no matter how much someone works on a "mental problem" - sadly sometimes it will not go away, and the people close to them (whether family, friends, fans or whatever) have to support them for what they are and not condemn them for something they cannot change. David has consulted with a Sports Psychiatrist about his "nerves" - I know this for a fact - but sometimes that cannot help, in the same way that over 20 years of "treatment" to try and control a phobia I have hasn't helped me either.
And actually I don't agree that it was "immature" of him to say serving big wasn't important............rather I think it was mature of him to accept his limitations, accept (perhaps) what he has tried and can't change, - and make the best of the talents and abilities he does have. He hates big servers - he doesn't want to play like that - I personally wouldn't want to see him play like that either.
Anyway - I'm still trying to keep away from these Forums because I am in a very difficult situation and posting here makes it harder - somretimes I just get angry or feel like I have to post something and then I immediately regret it - so guess I will end by saying everyone has their own opinions and are entitled to them.
About his mentality being the weakest thing, I would totally agree with you - and yet... let's separate mental problems from the playing skills. It's so obvious -I'm surprised we're still discussing this - think for a moment - his return never lets him down regardless of how nervous he is. So his return is definetely great and his serve is definely weak. Very simple. He needs to work more to correct this.
No one condemns him, everybody wishes him the best of luck and wants to see him happy, winning many titles. I've personally been supporting him since Estoril 2002, browsing the Internet for every single match he had played.
And I think it's clear no one would want to see David playing like a Ivo Carlovic or Wayne Arthurs type of a player, we are talking here about making his serve a more stable and reliable weapon.