SPA 017: How Roger Federer Won Novak Djokovic and the Little Known Secret of Creating a Winning System

Today’s show is inspired by the tennis Cincinnati Masters title and the Malcolm Gladwell book, David and Goliath

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

As I watched the hour and a half tennis match between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, I couldn’t help but wonder what made Federer’s serve click at the right time and place for him? Why is it so easy for him this time and not Wimbledon 2015? He also mentioned in an interview that he was intent to go aggressive in this finals. He also spoke about how some surfaces allow you to perform certain kind of play to surprise his opponents. Certain conditions call for specific methods and types of play.

Besides being relentless in his assault and covering his weakness as much as possible with more forehand plays and service breaks, Federer knew what he was doing and kept his momentum going to prevent Djokovic from getting the chance to make a comeback.

How did Federer did it this time to own the game with close perfection?

What can you do to emulate such quality in your own games?

Obviously, there’s no way anyone can fully imitate everything of another successful athlete, but there are qualities and traits that everyone can learn to become a better version of yourself.

As a serious athlete, you are constantly competing against other athletes with similar skill sets and strengths. Quick and powerful serves, accurate shots, spot on passes, on target goals, they are all learnable and teachable skills. I assure you that with regular practice and hard work, you will definitely attain these skills naturally by time.

But when you arrive on the competition ground to meet an opponent with similar levels of skill sets, someone with the same formidable technique as yours, besides the physical and mental attributes, there’s one thing that will make a huge difference, that is what I call your Winning System. Within this system, you not only make sure you are mentally and physically tough enough, but to make the right preparation to get you ready by the time comes.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • how to win in neck to neck games
  • how to play with aggression so that your opponent cannot make a comeback
  • the missing element between your passion to your results
  • the 3 simple steps to a winning system

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Malcolm Gladwell

Book of the day:
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

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