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Cuando llevas pocos segundos hablando con Roger Rasheed te das cuenta de por qué ha llevado a muchos jugadores a ser de los mejores del mundo. Entiende el tenis como pocos lo hacen y para cuando acabas la entrevista con él no puedes evitar esbozar una leve sonrisa de lo inspirador y motivante que son las palabras del entrenador australiano. Nos habla de su jugador, Grigor Dimitrov y de cómo trabajó con él para ser de los 10 mejores del mundo. Del poder mental que siempre usó con sus pupilos y lo importante que es esto en el tenis. De los jóvenes australianos y más. Imperdible.

Quedamos con Rasheed en la sala para jugadores. El coach está mirando unas cosas en su portátil y para cuando me ve, se levanta y me da la mano de manera firme y fuerte. Si impresiona por la tele, imaginen en persona. La charla con él es súper enriquecedora. Para llevarte horas y más horas. Sólo para amantes del tenis.


¿Cómo se encuentra Dimitrov después de su derrota en Estambul? ¿Cómo llega a Madrid?

Es una dura derrota pero tienes que seguir adelante. Ahora llegas a Madrid, nuevas pistas, nuevo torneo, nuevas sensaciones... Ahora sólo miramos los siguientes torneos.

Dimitrov comentó que había usado hasta dos diferentes raquetas en los últimos meses y que estaba intentando encontrar la perfecta para él.

Bueno, tú tienes que evolucionar con el juego. La raqueta que él estaba usando el año pasado, y que usaba en años anteriores tiene 20 años. Con la nueva raqueta estamos intentando encontrar la que le dé más beneficios a su juego y ha estado experimentando con algunas y parece que esta le va bien y ahora tiene que jugar mucho con ella para adaptarse al 100%.

Pero, ¿qué es exactamente lo que está buscando con la nueva?

El patrón de cordaje es diferente, la cabeza es más amplia y tiene más potencia. La que usaba era muy vieja y no generaba la suficiente fuerza al golpear.

¿Es parecida a la de Federer?

La forma es parecida en la cabeza pero la raqueta en sí es totalmente diferente.

El año pasado logró por fin entrar entre los 10 mejores pero parece que aún necesita un poco más para seguir subiendo. ¿Qué crees que le hace falta?


Entrar en el top 10 no significa que te cambie todo. Lo que tiene que hacer es repetir las actuaciones que hacía por un periodo de tiempo y subir peldaño a peldaño. Tiempo. Es todo cuestión de tiempo. No todo es como el año pasado que del 30 subió al 10. Ahora hay nuevas cosas, más expectativas por mi parte y por la suya. Sólo tiene que seguir desarrollando su juego y el ranking eventualmente se corresponderá con tu actuación. Ahora mismo no es como el que teníamos el año pasado pero bueno, todo está bien, no hay que entrar en pánico.

¿En qué cree que debe mejorar su pupilo ahora mismo?

Tiene que mejorar sus restos. Dimitrov no resta como Djokovic, Murray o Nishikori, que son los que mejor lo están haciendo ahora. El resto lo debe de mejorar por completo. Esto le hará hacerlo mejor en los partidos. Pero no es sólo esto, hay muchas más áreas. Mental y físicamente también. No hay ni una sóla área de su juego con la que esté al 100% contento.

Entonces no es una sola cosa, es un global.

El resto es lo que más me preocupa pero cada parte de su juego está en contínuo desarrollo. No hacer grandes cambios, sino desarrollar cada una de ellas.

¿Por qué cree que no está logrando buenos resultados en este 2015 a diferencia del año pasado?

El cambio de raqueta influye mucho. Eso lleva tiempo. A Federer le llevó seis meses acostumbrarse a la nueva raqueta.

¿Cree que también su vida extradeportiva podría estar distrayéndole ahora mismo con su relación con Sharapova y todos los focos mediáticos sobre ellos?

No, yo le veo bien. He estado fuera tres semanas, que estuve en casa pero le veo centrado en el tenis. Sobre su vida personal no puedo comentar.

¿En qué ha cambiado el tenis de Grigor desde que empezaste a trabajar con él?

(Piensa un par de segundos) Todo, por completo (ríe). Lo primero que hice con él fue enseñarle qué se necesita para ser un top 10. Incluso qué se necesita para ser un jugador top, para ganar Grand Slams y para ser número 1. Le eduqué. Una vez que entendió todo eso, pusimos en práctica todo el trabajo que se debe de hacer y trabajar el físico para ser más fuertes.

Entonces, ¿la educación va antes que el físico?

Sí, primero tienes que hacerle entender qué se necesita para estar ahí arriba. Tiene que saber cómo usar su juego de manera eficiente. Un jugador como Dimitrov tiene muchas opciones y tiene que entender cómo usar su juego. Esta fue una de las mayores cosas que le tuve que enseñar, cómo ser un gran profesional dentro de la pista. Cambié su estilo y la forma en la que trabajaba los puntos, que es algo en lo que estamos trabajando ahora también. Pero la educación es básica y no es negociable.

Le cambiaste el estilo. Antes era más agresivo.

Sí. Ahora también lo es pero antes se la jugaba más en muchos puntos. Eso te hace cometer más errores y encadenar muchos seguidos te hace irte de un partido.

Hace un par de semanas, Dimitrov comentó en una entrevista que vuestra relación estaba en una situación un poco "delicada". ¿Cómo está actualmente?

¿Nuestra relación? Está perfecta.

¿Todo bien entonces?

Bien al 100%.

Cambiando un poco de tema, trabajaste con Hewitt, Monfils, Tsonga... a todos los llevaste entre los 10 mejores pero cuando dejaste de trabajar con ellos, cayeron en el ranking. Parece que tienes la fórmula del éxito...

¿La tengo? (Se ríe).

Eso parece. ¿Por qué crees que bajaron en el ranking después de ti?

(Piensa unos segundos) Mi patrón de enseñanza es físico pero mayoritariamente es mental.

La gente piensa lo contrario, que trabajas más lo físico que lo mental.

Eso es porque no me conocen. Ellos me ven así de fuerte y se piensan lo que no es (se ríe). Una parte muy importante del jugador es el físico, luego el tenis, pero lo más importante es lo mental. Lo que más. La mayor parte de mi trabajo se centra en lo mental. No sólo en el tenis, también hago lo mismo con deportistas olímpicos y con empresarios. Y esto es otra cosa que hablé con estos jugadores antes de entrenarles.

¿El qué exactamente?

Yo te entreno si estás interesado en ser lo mejor jugador que puedas ser. Si sólo quieres ser un jugador de circuito y estar ahí y no ser mejor cada día, yo no soy entrenador para ti. Me gusta trabajar con gente que quieran ser los mejores. Y ésta es mi fórmula. Y no sólo vale para tenis, sino para todos los deportes. Lo he trabajado con otros deportistas y funcionó. Pero claro, un día ellos se cansan de esta exigencia mental que te exige tanto y ese cambio de mentalidad, de no levantarte temprano cada día y trabajar es lo que les hizo bajar en el ranking, probablemente.

Wow!

Sí, un ejemplo de alguien que trabaja en lo mental cada día es Nadal. Desde que era pequeño hasta ahora, siempre hace lo mismo. Tiene una mente prodigiosa.

¿Quién crees que es más fuerte mentalmente, Nadal o Djokovic?

Rafa, sin duda.

Pero ahora Novak es mucho más fuerte mentalmente que el español.

Pero Djokovic cuando era joven no era ni de lejos lo fuerte de mente que era Nadal. Rafa de joven era muy fuerte lo que pasa es que Djokovic ha sabido cambiar eso y hay que darle todo el mérito al serbio. Ha aprendido a usar su mente como arma. La mente es el arma más poderosa que existe.

Australia ahora tiene una nueva generación que está creando mucha ilusión. Kokkinakis, Kyrgios, Tomic... ¿Qué piensas de ellos?

Es genial para Australia. El mejor de ellos actualmente es Kyrgios, el más dinámico. Él puede hacer algunas cosas muy especiales aunque aún tiene mucho por aprender. Tomic está ahora mejor gracias a estos dos, Kyrgios y Kokkinakis, que le han animado a trabajar más. Kokkinakis es muy diferente a Kyrgios, aunque también tiene madera de jugador top.

¿Te ves entrenando a alguno de ellos en el futuro?

Quizás (sonríe).

Antes de que pudiéramos preguntarle quién o alguna otra cosa más, nuestro tiempo con él se acabó. Tendrá que ser para otra ocasión.




http://www.puntodebreak.com/2015/05/06/roger-rasheed-cambie-tenis-dimitrov-completo
 

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Roger Rasheed:"I killed Dimitrov's game [tennis] entirely. Our relation is perfect"
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Translation? :p

I am lazy to put that all to google translate.
 

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Raheed is perfect for Grigor, i hope he stays as long as possible.

What Grigor needs is stability and discipline. He rarely under-uses what he's got in hand, so rarely any tactical problems.

Of course, all MTF specialists know better, coz they know exactly what Grigor can and can't do, so they'd be better coaches, but luckily there's the "fitness" coach up there and we have a top player to support.

Whenever comes the time to face GS SFs and finals, they might add some legend as a consultant, but that's about all that's needed and it's not necessary right now.
 

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Raheed is perfect for Grigor, i hope he stays as long as possible.

What Grigor needs is stability and discipline. He rarely under-uses what he's got in hand, so rarely any tactical problems.

Of course, all MTF specialists know better, coz they know exactly what Grigor can and can't do, so they'd be better coaches, but luckily there's the "fitness" coach up there and we have a top player to support.

Whenever comes the time to face GS SFs and finals, they might add some legend as a consultant, but that's about all that's needed and it's not necessary right now.
When you realize that Dimitrov needs to focus on his service games, meaning serve&forehand combinations to regain some control of matches and consequently confidence, the insight will give you immense pleasure. Until then, I'll pray for you.

Oh, and if you think he simply cannot improve those, you are more clueless than I thought.

Rasheed has done a great job in terms of resilience, motivation, physical fitness etc... but his understanding of the game is limited. You can't win big matches against well playing opponents if you don't have at least some reliable weapons that you can use when needed. Dimitrov currently doesn't... and 'simple variety' even if executed well cannot be a reliable weapon in pressure situations...
 

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can't read spanish, but if he actually says he changed Grigor's style of play he is spot on.

It is not something I think he should be proud of however, as was the case with Tsonga and Monfils. He turns every player into a boring pusher.
The only player he didn't mess up completely was Lleyton Hewitt, because he was already a defense oriented counter puncher.

Rasheed is bad for the game, and certainly bad for Dimitrov
 

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Raheed is perfect for Grigor, i hope he stays as long as possible.

What Grigor needs is stability and discipline. He rarely under-uses what he's got in hand, so rarely any tactical problems.

Of course, all MTF specialists know better, coz they know exactly what Grigor can and can't do, so they'd be better coaches, but luckily there's the "fitness" coach up there and we have a top player to support.

Whenever comes the time to face GS SFs and finals, they might add some legend as a consultant, but that's about all that's needed and it's not necessary right now.
come on Latso, it doesn't take a qualified person to recognize that Dimitrov has been far less effective and dangerous for winning big titles in the last few years as Rasheed has morphed him into a more 'percentage player'

Grigor will never win big titles trying to play the baseline waiting game like the other top dogs. he'll never be the fittest and he'll never be the most consistent- those are losing goals to have. and they are because of Rasheed, Roger is great at getting players fit- no doubt about that- but he is just not a great tactical coach, he doesn't seem to grasp what strategies Grigor needs to implement

and why blame Rasheed? simple, Grigor was obviously much more dangerous and playing good offensive tennis before Rasheed came around. sure he was less consistent, but it's better to peak here and there and have a chance to win big events than try and change your game to some constant just 'meh' level. its like being more concerned with keeping a high seed/ranking than actually being concerned with WINNING the big events.

all I know is ever since Rasheed came around Dimitrov has gotten more grindy and does not play the offensive tennis that he's most suited for
 

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When you realize that Dimitrov needs to focus on his service games, meaning serve&forehand combinations to regain some control of matches and consequently confidence, the insight will give you immense pleasure. Until then, I'll pray for you.

Oh, and if you think he simply cannot improve those, you are more clueless than I thought.

Rasheed has done a great job in terms of resilience, motivation, physical fitness etc... but his understanding of the game is limited. You can't win big matches against well playing opponents if you don't have at least some reliable weapons that you can use when needed. Dimitrov currently doesn't... and 'simple variety' even if executed well cannot be a reliable weapon in pressure situations...
I agree with this and I also think that Dimitrov could be effective if he DID take some more risks. he needs to be comfortable regularly attacking with his shots but also needs to be willing to step up and try and end points early. with Rasheed he seems content on playing the waiting game, and the reality is that is never going to work against some of the 'terrier' defenders on tour who get everything back
 

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Our relation is perfect"
:haha: YES. Dimugtrov hands over checks to Rasheed while Rasheed prevents Dimugtrov from ever reaching Fed's perfect game style. Genius
 

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I agree with this and I also think that Dimitrov could be effective if he DID take some more risks. he needs to be comfortable regularly attacking with his shots but also needs to be willing to step up and try and end points early. with Rasheed he seems content on playing the waiting game, and the reality is that is never going to work against some of the 'terrier' defenders on tour who get everything back
Ofc it won't work. A OHBH is not meant for a "defensive"/"counterpunching" style because it is inherently less reliable in e.g. making 100 back to back cross court shots with significant and consistent depth... The shot has other advantages.
 

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Grigor's backhand has actually become slightly less error-prone in rallies than before, but he also engages himself in more cross-court rallies on his backhand than before. So, the net profit is pretty much zero after all.
 

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Grigor's backhand has actually become slightly less error-prone in rallies than before, but he also engages himself in more cross-court rallies on his backhand than before. So, the net profit is pretty much zero after all.
Reps for a working brain - a rarity in MTF.
 

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I don't think, that Tsonga was bad under Rasheed.
 

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I don't think, that Tsonga was bad under Rasheed.
Tsonga needs motivation and stability, and Rasheed provides plenty of that. Rasheed is quite good as a mental/physical coach, he has little insight to offer when it comes to the game though.
 

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Ofc it won't work. A OHBH is not meant for a "defensive"/"counterpunching" style because it is inherently less reliable in e.g. making 100 back to back cross court shots with significant and consistent depth... The shot has other advantages.
Actually, not necessarily. But yes, Grigor's BH just like Fed backhands aren't built for that. Now, there are many clay players that use their 1HBHs for that. Consistent depth and Spin from 3-5 meters behind the baseline.

Rasheed is killing Dimitrov's game.
 

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Actually, not necessarily. But yes, Grigor's BH just like Fed backhands aren't built for that. Now, there are many clay players that use their 1HBHs for that. Consistent depth and Spin from 3-5 meters behind the baseline.

Rasheed is killing Dimitrov's game.
Having to stay 3-5 meters behind the baseline only proves my point...
 

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Grigor's backhand has actually become slightly less error-prone in rallies than before, but he also engages himself in more cross-court rallies on his backhand than before. So, the net profit is pretty much zero after all.
That's only because he moved back. He's hitting the ball 2 meters behind what he used to take, on average. Therefore he commits less errors but OTOH have less room to be aggressive. Thus, he invites his opponents to dominate the court.

That's why Rasheed is saying they are searching for a modern racquet because the old one wasn't giving him enough firepower. He's playing too far behind the baseline to use an old-school racquet. They want to compensate his bad positioning with a more powerful / 'spinful' (sorry) racquet.

I don't think that's the right approach for Grigor's game, but I'm just a nobody. If Rasheed's succeeds Grigor may become a multiple slam winner but with his old style he was already guaranteed (IMHO) to win at least one or two Wimbledons.
 

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Having to stay 3-5 meters behind the baseline only proves my point...
Yeh, I'm not in favor of it. Just saying you can use a 1HBH for that purpose. The new generation of clay players are doing just that.
 

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Actually, not necessarily. But yes, Grigor's BH just like Fed backhands aren't built for that. Now, there are many clay players that use their 1HBHs for that. Consistent depth and Spin from 3-5 meters behind the baseline.

Rasheed is killing Dimitrov's game.
it takes time for any change to get you the results... look at Djokovic and Becker. first six months were painful, but it started to pay off right now. and Djokovic is a player who can change his style of play.

Dimitrov first needs to get his footwork in order, and there is nothing better for it then to play less offensive then before. if he sort that out, then he can go to his former style of play, but with improved footwork, which would lead to less errors from fh and much more consistency from bh... is Rasheed right man for it? that i do not know
 

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I wish the OP would stop posting non-English articles.

Stick this in the Italian forum.
 
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