anything else he wins is gravy... of course Rogi still has his goals, which is a good thing -- means he's still motivated and still feels he can win big titles -- once he loses the motivation, that will signal the true end of his career
exactly : "once he loses the motivation, that will signal the true end of his career" : exactly.
And I read his interviews in the beginning of this year in French newspaper "L'Equipe".
One deep source of motivation for him is still number 1 ranking
He hopes beating Sampras's record of course, he also hopes staying number 1 until the end of the year.
And that's probably the reason why he also said
that he wanted to win more in non-grand slam tournaments.
Here I just repeat what he said
Which means that he had motivation for that.
And as you said, motivation is the real main source of his longevity.
And the number 1 is actually in danger.
Even the number 1 weeks record is in danger, and it's not the first time actually that Fed would fail just ahead of a record, remember when he lost to Canas everybody thought that he was really going to beat Vilas's consecutive wins record.
Anyway I don't care so much about the record but more about "staying number 1"
, which seems to be a big source of motivation for him. Remember how he was after he lost it after Wimbledon 2008, esp during summer hardcourt season.
Fortunately for him, his main competitors have failed here and there.
But he has lost great opportunities : if he had just played in Miami as he did in Indian Wells, I guess he had a great opportunity.
I just say it's a pity
My main concen is that : in his interviews in the beginning of the year, he was in a good way for his motivation, such a way which can help him keep on and keep on ... but when it's finished, surely we will go to another phase of his carreer.
A phase which I hoped would only happen in 2011.
Of course I don't expect a calendar grand slam or domination like in the past.
But I just hope he keeps on this way of motivation a little bit ... and for that, the key imo is the number 1, which is from his words crucial for him.
He still has great opportunities to keep it, but he lost great ones in IW and Miami.
Now it's all on clay, and dear, the efforts he has to do there are far bigger than those he should have done in IW and Miami.
In the coming period, he has no margin at all, in the coming period I wouldn't reproach at all from him any defeats, but in that period, he's in real huge danger.
If he had just taken a little bit advance, it might have been very helpful in the end.
Now we will see soon : his clay results depend mostly on a huge preparation as last year, we will see if he does that preparation.
Motivation is the key, you're absolutely right, and once it's lost, we will have lost a lot. Just keeping on a few months that's all I ask ... of course Nadal might stop all that, but it seems that this year is still possible as his competitors don't bring me much confidence, esp for Wimbledon.
You know, I'm nearly 40 years old : I think that what "usual workers" experience approaching 40 is quite like what "old players" experience around 30. I know about losing motivation
Once it's gone, it's hard to get back, you have other things to think than about "competition" (or "competitive work" in my case), including children and so on ... and the loss of motivation can last for long.