It’s often said that what separates the top 10 from the top 50 is mental strength.
It’s the ability to forget the previous point and focus only on the current point, the ability to trust yourself and the game plan, and the ability to manage all emotions and tension in the body.
Rafael Nadal may be the most intense player on the tour. A bull depicted in his personal logo is no coincidence; his nickname is ‘raging bull’. And he is deservedly recognized as one of the most mentally tough players of all time.
Check out this footage from the 2007 Roland Garros final vs Roger Federer. On this day, Federer was good enough to take a set but relinquished 10 break opportunities in the first set alone.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD4HKactA_o