Seven Reasons Why Rafael Nadal Won Wimbledon Doctor, Author Shares Insights On Tennis Psychology

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Tennis at the top level is mental as well as physical. One expert outlines some of the reasons for Rafael Nadal's success at Wimbledon.

According to Jay P. Granat, Ph.D., a Psychotherapist and Founder of and author of numerous books and programs for topathletes, Rafael Nadal won this super match for several reasons. Dr. Granat, who wrote Zone Tennis, How To Get Into The Zone With Sport Psychology And Self-Hypnosis and How To Get Into The Zone In Just One Minute, feels that Nadal
was the victor for the following reasons:

"Nadal had great momentum and confidence after his dominating victory over Federer at the French Open. Momentum and confidence go together in sports.

Nadal is physically stronger than is Federer. He hits the tennis ball harder andhe generates more racket speed than does Federer. This is a significant advantage.

Nadal appears to be quicker than Federer. This is another major edge for Nadal.

Roger Federer has been the number one tennis player for over three hundred weeks. He is a fantastic player, but he is not a machine. It is very difficult to be on top of your tennis game week in and week out when you are playing the world's finest players all the time. I do not believe he is finished or burnt out. Rather, I think he has had a fantastic run and he he has now encountered another super player.

Nadal appears to be having a great deal of fun on the court. An athlete who is enjoying himself is apt to perform well. Federer, who is always the gentleman, appears to be a bit burdened by the pressure to surpass Pete Sampras and to maintain his number one ranking. By the way, I believe he will win several more grand slam titles titles before he retires from the game.

The enthusiasm among Nadal's family and supporters is electrifying. It seems that Nadal is is quite inspired by his coach, uncle Tony, and by his family and friends. Their high level of energy and demonstrative support are contributing to his success in the majors right now.

Federer may have been a bit unsettled after his one sided loss in Paris. It is sometimes not easy for an athlete who strives for excellence to be resilient after a very poor performance.

Now, I am not saying that Federer will never beat Nadal again. I believe he will have some victories over his prime rival in the sport.

Moreover, this rivalry will be great for the sport and great for tennis fansand sports fans," says Dr. Granat, the mental coach to top athletes from many sports including tennis.


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