Wednesday, June 06, 2012

There is No Textbook for Pressure Situations




“There is really not any rational explanation or word that can describe what you’re supposed to do when you’re match points down or when you’re losing and you’re very close to lose. It’s, I guess, trying to be mentally tough and believing in your shots.”

--Novak Djokovic, after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals of the 2012 French Open. Djokovic won 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

Djokovic will now face Roger Federer in the semifinals.

“Ones you win, ones you lose, but the more important thing is to try and take the best out of these matches and enjoy them,” Djokovic
said. “Because as a tennis player, this is what you live for. This is what you practice for all these years, to be part of an incredible performance, incredible match encounter here in Roland Garros, you know, with the home players.”

Excerpt from nytimes.com (05/06/2012).

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