I had the same match ,but unfortunately my hard drive got corrupted and I lost it
*sigh* Mine's on a bad VCR tape that I'm babying along so I know that day will come for me too...when it's gone.
But I don't think that Santoro could be compared to Bjorkman and Mirnyi. They are constant s&v-ers and they'll go to the net at every opportunity ,whereas Fabrice would do it at the appropriate time. He plays a very smart game ,which is mixed with offence and defence - never letting the opponent get into in any sort of pace or rhythm.
So true. But I still admire all three for their ability to move back and forth between the two "games."
I admired Borgs mentality and I wanted to be similar on court and in life ,but that's something I haven't been able to achieve. I'm calmer than before ,but I still have some outbursts of joy or anger. The other way to look at things is like guys like Hewitt or Connors - the will to win simply fuels them. Also Brad Gilbert showed some pretty good ideas in his book "Winning Ugly".
Also a Borg fan. He was/seemed so cool, calm and collected. Some thought that made him boring. But I loved to watch his game. Since his skill set (and that of all pros, for that matter) seems so far out of my realm that it's difficult to put myself in their shoes. If I had to equate myself mentally to one of them...it'd be Hewitt. Off-court, I'm a thin, ultra-nerd who can't stand the thought of crushing a spider (they get carefully carted outside
). But on-court, look out. I'm polite to speak to, even to play against -- give calls and give the benefit of the doubt. But my goal...is to beat you down. Love
is always the aspiration (if not always the realistic expectation). And my general philosophy is that it ain't over until someone calls, "game, set and
match." I fight as hard down Love-40 as a do up at 40-Love.
"Winning Ugly"... is by the bedside.
btw...I did have a string two years ago of nine straight sets (over 5 matches in 5 weeks) of Oh and Ohs.
Thinking alot before a match doesn't only help you strategically ,but it also helps you mentally. Setting your mental compass always helps.
Guess this is where I need to put some effort. I generally prepare for a match by watching a favorite one on tape -- trying to pick one where at least one of the players either plays like my upcoming opponent...or the way I'd
like to play. I'm thinking of a Nole IW or Miami match for my upcoming endeavor. Not that I have anywhere near his arsenal...just that I liked his mix of play.
I hope that I was of some help
You're probably way more experienced than me ,but this is the road that I had to go through get mentally tougher.
Always. An intelligent conversation is like the pearl in the oyster and I appreciate your thoughtful comments.
BTW - on what kind of level do you play?
Probably gotcha on the "life" experience...but not in tennis. At 40+, I've seen plenty. Don't regret a damn bit of it...and am always looking forward to my next decade. As for the tennis, I'm a lowly 3.5 with no real aspirations to go up to 4.0. Just want to play well, enjoy myself and stay fit.