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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Federer's Aggression the Key to Winning Wimbledon

Roger Federer won Wimbledon because he attacked the net off of his excellent groundstrokes. Craig O'Shannessy's Brain Game blog on the ATP World Tour web site reveals the numbers (and the patterns) of Federer's success at the net versus Andy Murray.

Brain Game

As I posted last night it was Roger's willingness to be aggressive and go and take the championship that allowed him to win it. This stems from his belief in his game. For example, against Julien Benneteau Federer was two points from being ousted from Wimbledon. He missed numerous backhand volleys and struggled at the net against a player that does not hit a crushing passing shot. Fed gutted out that match as he did the match against Malisse.

Despite only winning 56% of the points at net against Benneteau, Federer stuck with the game plan of mixing in net rushes and coming forward when his opponent was deep in the court. And, in the Final against Murray he employed his aggressive tactic of first-strike tennis even more. He knew Murray was not as comfortable being aggressive so he took the net from him. None of this happens without full belief in one's self, strokes, and game plan. Take a lesson from Roger Federer. When you have a big goal you have been dreaming from within your grasp go and take it. Be aggressive, and smart. This is your best opportunity for success.

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