Originally Posted by Timariot
He saved 7 set points in the 1st set, that's some choking, huh?
Yes, short bus-rider, that actually IS part of choking - doing extremely well when you're expected to wilt & wither, but shitting your pants when ahead. See: Blake-Agassi match.
When you play like shit or don't have great talent, and as a result are blown off the court, you DON'T get the chance to "choke".
The choking comes when you have the VICTORY within your grasp - which I believe was the case were Andre able to hold to take the 3rd set which he was leading 4-2, 30-0 and a couple of GREAT looks at Roger's backhand... and end up being either too tentative or too reckless on routine shots that you were making with ease just seconds/minutes ago.
Roger played fairly unspectacular tennis (great serving but not-so-great hitting). He gave Andre a window of opportunity on numerous times. And Andre said "no thanks!"....
Why do you think Agassi was so pissed off in the 4th? Because he was so thankful for Roger giving him a chance to compete? No, he knew the famililiar feeling of CHOKING - which he experienced so many times against Pete; he knew he blew possibly his greatest shot at glory. Blew it but good.