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On a scale of 1-10 how good is Roger in clutch situations with 10 being the highest?

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If you've been a Tennis fan for any length of time, chances are you've heard people say this about Roger : "he's a great player but mentally he isn't as strong as he should be. A great front runner but not someone who'd want in a pressure cooker situation" Typically this would be "substantiated" by pointing out Roger's mediocre if not poor 5th set record (23-19 or something like that IIRC-for comparison sake, Nadal is at 19ish wins and 4-5 losses).

But does that tell the whole story?

For starters, even the suggestion that a 17 time GS Champion lacks mental fortitude is laughable and downright ridiculous. The 5th set record isn't the be all and end all. As Littotes posted in another thread recently, his record from 0-2 sets down in far better than Rafa's and Novak's. His BP conversion may be bad but can't that be explained by the simple fact that he creates a lot more BP opportunities than other players? A 2/3 or 66% BP conversion rate would look better than a 3/9 or 33% conversion rate on paper but 3 BPS converted>2 Bps converted.

Even disregarding 5th sets, 2 sets down and what not, one only has to look at the number of times Federer has fought off MPs...Wimbledon 08 F backhand DTL anyone? 4 MPs in Cincinnati 2013 vs Nadal IIRC, ace to save MP vs Djokovic in 4th set of W14...the list goes on and on.

So what do you guys think?
 
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