I just saw this quote from him. I don't remember it verbatim but he said something like when he is 23 or 24 he expects to hit his peak and then he will win more. That made me go
Is he serious saying that?? He is sorting of giving excuses for himself now saying "the reason I haven't performed well so far in my career is because I haven't hit my peak. Wait a few years and see what I will do."
Now that's not exactly what he said, but that's what he sounds like. I think that's his problem. He isn't trying hard NOW because he thinks he will be good enough in a few years to beat the big players.
He's 21!! Roddick won the USO at 21. Chang won the French Open at 17!! It's never too early to play and be your best Richard!! What is he going to say when he's 23 and 24 and still having bad results? Wait until I'm 26 or 27; I'll be REALLY good then.
How do you know he is not trying hard? This kind of comments are nonsense. Richard works hard
. (read Santoro's comments if you doubt it)
As for reaching his peak at 23-24.. he is a pro player.. he works with professionals too.. and they know quite well the weaknesses in Richard's game. And they have objectives, schedules and methods. They know more than you what it will take for Richard to reach his peak.
I am happy he is not Roddick nor Chang btw.
It is all about desire and belief with Richard... some people say about bad forehand and serve, but the truth is when he is playing well he is placing his serves on a dime and players can't even get to his forehand to attack it, because Richard does not allow them.
I am convinced Richard doesn't lack desire. Of course he is not a Djokovic or Monfils who are not afraid to say "I want to be the world #1". It's his nature. What he lacks at the moment is not only confidence on the court but also to feel good in his head on and off the court. He is fragile mentally and his start of the season has been really poor but he is positive in interviews and knows that he can bounce back. The only thing he needs now is some rest and to find some serenity.