Am I the only one on this board who actually appreciates these things?
Take Zemlja. Mid last year he was 25 years old and never been in the top 100. He decides to enter three consecutive Chinese Challengers (having never played a Challenger there previously) and wins two. This gives him confidence and straight afterwards he qualifies and makes the 3rd round of the US Open. This propels him into the top 100 and before you know it he's made an ATP final. This year he's a direct acceptance into every event he's entered (all tour level) and in comes the money. I admire this creative scheduling and think those Chinese Challengers may have progressed his career faster than other scheduling choices (such as playing ATP qualifying in Europe or the USA).
I also appreciate the motivation and dedication it requires to be at your best at smaller events.
'Pushing' is not as easy as some posters make it out to be and I admire the skill of some 'pushers'. It requires patience, endurance and anticipation. It provides another array of match ups, some of which are fascinating such as Simon-Federer. Also kudos to those who can push when the situation calls for it, such as Murray.
Do you also appreciate these things (even a little)? And which other generally unappreciated skills do you appreciate?
Sorry to put everything in inverted commas.