So, who do you think has/had the greatness mental toughness.
This is encapsulated in many different ways such as the ability to play well on the big points, never giving in even when the match could seem like a lost cause or being able to rebound from a tough lost set or maybe even match.
Also, if you could rank the champions in order that would be good.
Please note that this isn't a list of the players who I feel have the best mental toughness in history (some of them are good candidates) but merely an attempt to gauge peoples opinions on some of the truly great champions of the Open Era.
Now I realise there is no Edberg or Becker on this list, sorry but I had to make some decisions and though it is close between these 2 and Nadal and Wilander, I went for the two who I felt had the greater mental powers.
I am going to consider the question for some moments for myself before I give you my views.
1. Bjorn Borg
I think currently it is hard to go against Borg, despite the fact that there will always be questions over his retirement from tennis. He had a tremendous 5 set record, I know this much, and was seemingly unflappable. He played the big points exceptionally well and had the will to completely transform his game to suit the grass courts of Wimbledon, which in itself must have required an immense amount of persistence.
His career may only be midway so far but I can only judge what has already happened. Of this era, he has proved on countless occasions his tremendous will to fight back from deficits and to play well on the big points. His head is clear almost all the time, and thus he rarely makes bad decisions during the big points. Also he is able to maintain a deep level of focus and intensity for entire matches and entire tournaments.
More to come I suppose...
why is Muster excluded from this discussion? he is considered the toughest ever mentally by the most of the experts and other greats who have played the game.
add him to your poll but we know all about the usless polls at mtf. they are just not that significant if you get my drift.