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Nole's rivals say confidence is the key to his success...

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Are these guys blind or something? I guess they haven't noticed his improved serve, forehand, and most importantly backhand.

Confidence is obviously important, but not the key to his success. Otherwise, how did he win the Australian Open so easily? His streak at that point was not nearly as big as it is now.
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Mental power is overrated. Mental power comes along game power (like improving forehand, backhand, serve etc.)

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Actually Rafa said that his level is amazing and even he is under that level, but all other are talking about cofidence mostly yes. I think without confidence and self-belief it would be not possible for him to play so consistent high level half year already. But i think they are 2 things that helped him - his forehad, beckhand, serve and other things have been inside him all the time, he just wasn´t able to get 100% of his talent and skills at once out of him. 2 things that did it - confidence - DC, AO and now every title is just making that superconfidence bigger and other thing - his new diet - everyone when feel sick, or is limited with health issues or whathever is not able to be 100% on the court or in other sports too. So since he is much healthier than ever before is logical he can play tennis that he wasn´t able to play before.
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Actually Rafa said that his level is amazing and even he is under that level, but all other are talking about cofidence mostly yes. I think without confidence and self-belief it would be not possible for him to play so consistent high level half year already. But i think they are 2 things that helped him - his forehad, beckhand, serve and other things have been inside him all the time, he just wasn´t able to get 100% of his talent and skills at once out of him. 2 things that did it - confidence - DC, AO and now every title is just making that superconfidence bigger and other thing - his new diet - everyone when feel sick, or is limited with health issues or whathever is not able to be 100% on the court or in other sports too. So since he is much healthier than ever before is logical he can play tennis that he wasn´t able to play before.
Yes, it goes together. Yes, his game has improved, but I think all of us saw this game from time to time -- just not consistently. He has improved his game which improved his confidence which improved his game --etc.
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Mental power is overrated. Mental power comes along game power (like improving forehand, backhand, serve etc.)
Yeah Murray proved that after the AO It's ALL about confidence at the top of the game. And new 'diets' of course.
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"Gluten-free" goes in the euphemisms box along with "running up hills" to explain remarkable changes in conditioning.

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Useless thread. The things you mentioned ( serve etc.) are results of confidence. Confidence first, then comes the serve better etc.
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It really is his conditioning that seems to be the difference. He can stay in rallies longer, which means he can be more patient about when to pull the trigger, which means he has more confidence, so he plays the bigger points better, serves better, makes fewer mistakes, wins more, which increases his confidence further...
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tennis is an endurance sport. the mental aspect is very important.

imagine if you've been sick all your life, and now found a way to feel healthy for the first time. wouldn't you be on a high?

i'm surprised to see so many people who seem to have never met a mental or physical challenge in their lives, but not surprised they can't understand it then

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Mechlan is correct.

Confidence and fitness.

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Mechlan is correct.

Confidence and fitness.
Agreed both true.

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It's almost never one thing responsible for success. In Nole's case confidence has been the key in my view. That victory over Federer in the semis of the US open was crucial. It started the whole thing. There is no doubt that certain aspects of his game like serve, forehand and movement have improved. When he beat Federer his serve and forehand were not firing on all cylinders but that match restored his confidence. He kicked on from there even though he lost to Federer a few more times after.
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Novak's success is down to his strict diet of a new product on the market called No More Hugz™.
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confidence comes from continued success.


so what came before this so called "success".

i say conditioning and good old fashioned hard work on the practice courts.

fitness and practice made the success possible on the court. confidence builds over time if the success continues.

now add a more scientific approach to diet and rest and you get the rest of the equation.

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It's almost never one thing responsible for success. In Nole's case confidence has been the key in my view. That victory over Federer in the semis of the US open was crucial. It started the whole thing. There is no doubt that certain aspects of his game like serve, forehand and movement have improved. When he beat Federer his serve and forehand were not firing on all cylinders but that match restored his confidence. He kicked on from there even though he lost to Federer a few more times after.
Somehow scraping through vs. Troicki at the USO when he looked dead for sure and then beating Federer saving match points with 2 massive forehands right in the corners was huge.

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