i was listening to some tennis commentary and heard something interesting
in an agassi sampras match- if sampras knew he was going to lose a point- instead of getting worn down by agassi he would blast it into the net, into the stands or hit a winner- but would not let agassi have the satisfaction of hitting a winner-
I have to question the credibility of this story. I don't know the mentalities of these champions but can you picture Federer, Nadal and Djokovic – or any past champion for that matter – thinking "I'm not going to win this point"? Points come and go really fast so can anyone – not just think "I'm gonna lose this point" but actually purposely hit a ball out of bounds so they lose the point? It seems to be a loser's mentality and Sampras was far from a loser. How many times have these champions been down games and sets – I have a hard time picturing them tanking points just to prevent their opponents from gaining confidence.