Monday, 1 September 2014


The match between Federer and Granollers was unusual . I do not like saying sometimes that I 'picked that' as it gives off an aura that you have your head stuck up your bum. I did however tip that Federer would win in 4 sets, it's on a previous chapter, so why ?
Marcel Granollers has been steadily on the rise for a while now , he's inside the top 50 for singles and top 20 for doubles, the Spaniard is playing a good brand of tennis. The problem is for a guy like Granollers is that he cannot sustain it against the best players in the World, hence the score against Federer. In fact just winning a set from the greatest player of all time would have made his career just about complete, along with around $80,000 for losing.
The score of 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 is a domination , despite an opening set loss, here's another two examples of the same or similar score line.
The great Bjorn Borg  was being smashed by South African legend Johan Kriek in the semi finals of the 1980 US Open when something sparked a Swedish fight back . Kriek lead 6-4, 6-4, with at least a runner's up speech already written in his head. 
How's a score line of 6-1, 6-1, 6-1in the last three sets sound Johan ?? Borg could come back like no other ......
In 1987 at Wimbledon Swede Mikael Pernfors lead Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 4-1 before finding a way to lose. So what is it with a 6-1 score line ? 
I remember vividly once at a local Club Championship a student lost by a score of 0-6, 6-1, 6-3. She couldn't believe that after a love first set domination she could lose . My reply was simple. 
"So how much energy did your opponent expend with a love reply in the first"? A puzzled response.
If you lose a set 6-0 you are either being dominated or you haven't woken up yet, many times it's just that, you have got off to a slow start, the brekky is still being digested. 
You are by no means out of it by losing a set to 0 or 1 or over the line by being a set or two up by the same score , it's simply where you are at mentally, physically or otherwise in certain stages of the match. Federer won the last three sets 1,1 and 1 against the Spaniard, he had woken up after the first, but Connors ? He was elsewhere in the first two and a half sets against the Swede, two totally different scenarios, tough to make sense of.
 Funny game tennis, many swings and roundabouts, stay focused, eat a good brekky and maintain a level head. Regardless of the score, play each ball like the first shot, there are no memories on a tennis ball, just an imprint in the mind. Show the game and your opponent you are smarter than the scoreboard.......

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