Steph, I didn't expect this from you. He plays really good tennis, he moves well, his shots are working. His game is much better than it was for the most parts of last 2 years. Which basically means that he's putting big effort (by his own standard) into practicing and keeping in shape and that he has a serious attidude. Saying that he doesn't bother, that he just easily goes from one tournament to another is silly to put it mildly. Yes, he's often guilty of lack of effort but it's definitely NOT the case in theset 3 matches which he simply couldn't close. The guy has a serious psyholigical problem and he needs help.
What else is new?
I seriously don't understand what's wrong with him at the moment. I mean, his last years were really awful and I found them frustrating because he was nowhere around the other guys' level and I couldn't picture him winning matches. But this year I agree with you, he's playing good tennis and has great shots. And leads, and gets SO close to win matches. And yet he doesn't. That's even more frustrating for me
I could understand the low confidence in 2007 and 2008 when he had no results. But this year it's 3 matches in a row when he dominates his opponent and should logically win and be confident, but instead of that he wastes these opportunities for no apparent reasons.
It's his last year, and given how bad he played in the previous ones nobody expects him to win anything big. So no pressure like he said himself repeatedly. He's playing well, he should just enjoy the moment. If he loses (loses, not chokes
), fine. If he wins, fine, it's an extra bonus for his last year. Instead of that he chokes. So either he doesn't care, either he's adding pressure where there's none. But I wouldn't call this a confidence slump, because he IS playing well, he IS close to win matches, and he CAN get results with his current games. There's no reason to be in doubt.
Last year I didn't have any hope because he obviously had no confidence and couldn't do anything good on court. This year he's different on court, he shows good thing, and it's the last year and he says there's no pressure, so the confidence should be back by now. How can you not feel confident at 6-2 4-1 30-30?
Psychological problems have always been there, whether he was doing good or bad. We've said many many times that he should see a shrink. Which he never did because that's probably not 'his thing'. Some did that, hired a mental coach etc. He didn't. That was his choice. Now it's the last year it's a little late to look for the solution to his problems in this area.
Just my thoughts
And I don't care if you find them silly. His current results look sillier to me than the ones he had last year, and the frustration bigger. I watched some of these matches too, I saw him play well, I was really pleased with his game and then I got the feeling he was just fucking kidding me.