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Tennis – an extreme sport? I don’t think so…

September 3, 2008

Well here i am in Buenos Aires – an interesting place if you’ve never been – a juxtaposition between rich and poor who apparently live in relative harmony but only a block away from each other – at least for the time being.

Anyway not knowing anyone in this city I set off walking and ended up rather thirsty in a bar watching a quarter final tennis match from Flushing Meadows between Roger Federer and a bloke called Andreev – was it extreme? No not really, I started watching when the match was 1-0 in sets to Andreev – good I thought, it will be a four setter, I had no doubt that Federer, ranked two in the world, would beat Andreev, ranked c.23rd in the world.

So whats the difference between number two and number 23 – ok clever boy – 21 – but thats not my point – when it comes to a game like tennis, in reality there is very little difference. Believe me i watched the match to the end, they are both really very, very good tennis players but I knew there was only one outcome – and it was not determined by who was the better tennis player – it was all about who really believed in themselves.

Go and watch Kung Fu Panda – as I did flying from Mexico City to Buenos Aires – a Steven Spielberg animation production with voice overs by Dustin Hoffman and the totally gorgeous Angelina Jolie amongst others – and I suppose quite good entertainment – but its not really about the film, the animation (which actually I felt could have been improved – please note aircraft screens are never so good especially when sitting in the front row) – or in deed the voice overs (Angelina excepted) – but it is the message – and that message is belief in yourself.

And so it was that I looked on Federer, who I not only believed in, but knew that he believed in himself – it was there written all over – I will win! The match went to 1-1, then 2-1 to Federer, when I thought it was all over, but don’t forget Andreev is as good as Federer at playing the game of tennis and so it went to 2-2. I had to stay to see the end – but knew it already – it is nothing more than belief – Federer knew he would win – he believed in himself and that is why he is the best in the world, only second in the rankings at the moment to Senor Rafael Nadal who for some reason no longer appears in the US tennis open finals – spose there are some days that even the greats forget to turn on the belief switch – so just get up in the morning and switch it on!!

So this is an example of an extreme – yes extreme belief – well done Roger. Below is the man himself at the US Open 2008 when he crushed Thiago Alves and so demonstrated total belief in himself – thank you USOpenFreak2008.

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  1. […] Tennis – an extreme sport? I don’t think so? By lolajones Anyway not knowing anyone in this city iI set off walking and ended up rather thirsty in a bar watching a quarter final tennis match from Flushing Meadows between Roger Federer and a bloke called Andreev – was it extreme? … Extreme Sports – https://xtremesport4u.wordpress.com […]



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