Finish Line

Key Points

Losing Focus

It’s fairly easy at the start of a set to have your focus in a good place – there really hasn’t been a lot of time to lose it yet. But what happens as the set progresses players very move their focus away from their opponent to the finish line which is getting and closer with each point. This is a huge mistake. Reaching out for the finish line stops you paying attention to what got you there in the first place.

Primary Focus Is Not Winning

The finish line is represented by winning the set. Focusing on winning, which is an end result of some other action, is always something you want to keep away from the forefront of your mind. Keep your focus in the present, on the opponent, and on the successful tactics you are employing.


Correctly Finishing

You have obviously done something well to get into a position to win the set in the first place. It is these collection of points that must demand your attention because they are the road map you created as the set developed that is especially helpful when the set is there to be win. Hit copy and paste as much as you can.

Focus On The Game Plan

Instead of filling your mind with the hope of winning, fill it with the tactics that will achieve it. Typically when you are up a break and looking to close out a set your opponent is empowered by the score to attack – they will often times play looser and more aggressive. Don’t panic. They should do they. Train your mind to see the good in every situation. Know they will be charging and be ready to counter with your best patterns of play.

Rafael Nadal’s Book – RAFA

On the 2008 Wimbledon Final v Roger Federer.

Tennis is, more than other sports, a sport of the mind;
it is the player that has those good sensations on the most days, who manages to isolate himself best
from his fears and from the ups and downs in morale a match inevitably brings,
who ends up being world number one.

Go Do This.

Think first and foremost about the game plan and the point you are about to play.

Thinking about winning is future-based. Don’t hope or wish for it. Make it happen by doing something good NOW.

The good patterns at the start of the set are to be repeated at the end of the set.

The end of the set is about massive focus in the present. 

Don’t be distracted by the final outcome. It’s not going to help win the next point.