(11-Jun-2013 10:28 AM)Didi Wrote: Technical/strategic adjustments aside, for me the most important factor remains just how badly does he still want to win? I'm sure Roger knows very well what his game currently lacks.
He knows it better than anyone having played 1100+ matches on tour. There is only so many times you can (re-)dedicate yourself to something till your mind just doesn't want it anymore.
He suffered in 2010-2011, then made a remarkable comeback in 2012 which took a lot of mental energy out of him. He's still got the game and athleticism to beat anyone but the mind plays such a huge role in tennis. Just how much does he want to torture himself given that he's seen, done and won it all? Is there sill a driving force inside him? Does he still fear losing as much as he used to? Fear is the greatest motivation out there. By no means I'm doubting his love for the game but that ain't enough. I'm saying nothing new here, so what do I propose? Lock you up in a hotel room and watch videos of all of your losses the past 10 months till the fire starts to burn again. If that doesn't help, you might as well just call it a career and start playing with your twins.
Yeah, I would say this is definitely more mental (making a racket change or serve and volleying more will do him little good at this stage), and I think Peter Bodo agrees as well, writing the following after Nishikori beat him in Madrid:
"Today, though, Federer started sluggish and, despite a mid-match revival, finished slow—classic symptoms of an aging player who no longer wants to win in his heart, just in his mind; thus, he has to force himself to want to want to win."
I was thinking the other day that he needs a younger coach to get him motivated. Annacone is great but I don't think he's able to light a fire in Roger. Fed needs someone younger who can inspire him and get him excited/ecstatic about playing and 'wanting it' in his heart
. Maybe a younger coach wouldn't work either, but that's where I would suggest making the change.