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Federer on why his mental game is underappreciated

A very interesting read here where Federer was interviewed on the phone by Time on his AO win. The whole piece is a gem. Tennis: Read Roger Federer's Q&A With TIME | Time.com

I should highlight that, in Federer's opinion his style of play overshadows his mental toughness.

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In your matches against Nadal, the narrative has always been that he has the superior mental toughness. Do you think your mental game is under-appreciated?

I know the way I play is more visible than my mental toughness. I really had to work a lot on my mental toughness. Early on in my career, I was quite unstable. If people were going into a match with me, they knew if you could hang with me for two hours, after two hours, you’d probably be the favorite. Because I would run out of gas, or start checking out. It didn’t come naturally for me, the whole mental toughness.

I wanted to create a kind of aura that if people played against me, I was not going anywhere mentally and physically. That took me years to build up. Only when I started to win consecutive Grand Slams, and I was able to show that tenacity week in and week out, that’s when I felt like the locker room was actually starting to respect me. Before that, maybe I had that image [of mental inferiority] sometimes. In the years since, I don’t really think I’ve had this.

My mental toughness has always been overshadowed by my virtuosity, my shot-making, my technique, my grace. That's why when I lose, it seems like, "Oh, he didn't play so well." And when I win, it looks so easy. I had that already when I was a little boy. You know, "Why don’t you try harder?" I mean, honestly I tried everything that I possibly could. Just because I don't sweat like crazy and I don't grunt, I don't have this face on when I hit the shot like I'm in pain, doesn't mean I'm not trying hard. It's just how I play. Sorry.

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Re: Federer on why his mental game is underappreciated

Great answer by Roger that you quoted.

Telling it like it is.

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This is important as well:

"Down 1-3 to Nadal in the fifth set, what specifically did you do mentally to stay in it?

I told myself, "You have one more set to play, pal." It's so easy to get down on yourself, and say, "Look, it was a great run, it is a great comeback, be happy with the final. It's fine. It's all good." I didn't allow that to creep into my mind. I told myself, "It’s one more set, give it everything you've got. He’s in pain. I’m in pain. Everyone is fighting out there, just try to play offensive tennis and take it to him. Go for your shots. Play free. Enjoy it out there. Play the ball, don’t play the opponent. Try everything. Hopefully, that's enough." And it was."
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"Just because I don't sweat like crazy and I don't grunt, I don't have this face on when I hit the shot like I'm in pain, doesn't mean I'm not trying hard"
A subtle dig at Nadal and Djokovic maybe.
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A subtle dig at Nadal and Djokovic maybe.
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My mental toughness has always been overshadowed by my virtuosity, my shot-making, my technique, my grace.
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Just because I don't sweat like crazy and I don't grunt, I don't have this face on when I hit the shot like I'm in pain, doesn't mean I'm not trying hard. It's just how I play. Sorry.
I remember when a local magazine mocked Sampras for not acting energetic when playing. They said something akin to "he's making into the statistic books, not the history ones". Yet he's undeniably an ATG. It seems some do the same to Roger.

It was definitely not a dig at either Nadal or Djokovic, but at the press.

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OTOH, federer is done at high level competitive tournament.
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Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal in 5 sets to win the title of the Australian Open, adding to a total of 18 Grand Slam titles, more than any player in the Open Era.

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I remember when a local magazine mocked Sampras for not acting energetic when playing. They said something akin to "he's making into the statistic books, not the history ones". Yet he's undeniably an ATG. It seems some do the same to Roger.

It was definitely not a dig at either Nadal or Djokovic, but at the press.
Federer is definitely more energetic than Sampras. I like Pete's game but his personality was a proper bore.
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Sweat, grunt, face 😝😜😆😳
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So arrogant

RAFA is way more mentally tougher than him and this is a fact.
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My mental toughness has always been overshadowed by my virtuosity, my shot-making, my technique, my grace.
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We should be appreciative of Federer though, because we will never see anything like him again. The fact he can still compete for slams ever after the erosion of his physical skills is really a greater testament to the natural talent he has than the period of time when he was dominating the tour.
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Re: Federer on why his mental game is underappreciated

It's kinda funny but it's true. When you are winning 'so much' people love you. When you lose, well people look for 'problems'.

Fed does have a good point here. I see it as if you can't make everyone happy. You try, you lose, you win ... It happens to all great champions.

People judge here too much. People who never played tennis, tards who think that 'know' all about it.

Nobody ever agrees with you. People have their opinions based on where they grew up, their respective families etc.

Well, just be yourself

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I think people reached that conclusion because of the way he slouched his shoulders in some matches against Rafa and Novak when falling behind on the scoreboard. Overall he's an incredible fighter though, like the way he came back against Cilic last year was really special.
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