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Brad Gilbert's philosophy of how to win tennis matches is succinctly stated in the Introduction to his book: With two players of roughly equal ability, the one who's aware of and takes advantage of the dynamics, opportunities, and openings before, during, and after the match will win.
He expands on this further, explaining: Tennis begins off the court, continues through your pre-match regimen and into the match, and goes on after you've won or lost the final point. Smart players know how to prepare correctly for a match and once the contet is under way how to control their emotions.
They know how to think their way through a match, avoiding low percentage shots that carry unnecessary risk at inappropriate times. Smart players observe what's going on in a match and analyze the information. They know how to capitalize on what they know. Brad then gives you tip after tip after actionable tip, explaining exactly how he put this philosophy to work to beat some of the biggest names in tennis when he was a pro players like Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Andre Agassi and shows exactly how players like you and I can do just what he did to level up our own games.
I'll give you a few examples of tips I got out of this book that had a big impact on my tennis and that I still use today, years after first reading Winning Ugly: 1. I know I can win the match. The fourth set is tough, but my game remains steady. Nothing flashy, but exactly what I had planned on doing. I got a break and gave it back. Boris was unhappy, but he still understands that he isn't far from sending me back to California.
I'm hanging in there, hitting to his forehand when possible and approaching to his backhand with success. He's seeing no pace unless he supplies it himself. I'm not letting him see many second serves. I'm patient. Then something happened I hadn't expected. Word began to spread through the tennis complex that Boris Becker was in trouble.
The grandstand seats started to fill up with fans from the stadium court where John McEnroe was beating on Andres Gomez. And those fans wanted to see some more tennis. They knew for that to happen I had to win the fourth set. The crowd packing into the grandstand seats was totally on my side! Cheering for me on every shot. Yelping and hooting as I ran down everything and worked my butt off in what was a real steam bath. They loved it.
And I loved it too. Becker was affected. The long wailing shrieks in German continued: "My feet are burning.
I want to stick them in ice! I knew that when he loses control I have beaten him. Boris was becoming very frustrated. He had gone from being two points away from the match when I was serving in the third set at , and a trip to the quarterfinals, to having a lot of work in front of him. And in conditions that a camel would hate. At 5-all Boris threatened to break my serve. Twice he tries and fails. It's not a pretty hold, but I hold. Boris will serve next at We head to our chairs for the changeover.
I decide to change shirts to give myself a little mental boost, to put on something fresh and dry. And I really start working on my thinking.
I review my game plan: "Stay alert. Don't give up any stupid points. Make him play some balls and keep hitting to his forehand. Let him make some mistakes!
It breaks my concentration. I look up and see two teenagers running through the aisles. They're waving American flags and the crowd is picking up on it: "U.
The fans have really gotten into it. They're standing and cheering. The emotion running through the grandstand was electric. We go out onto the court with Boris serving at The crowd is buzzing. Boris serves four times. He doesn't win a point. I break him at love and win the set ! It's electric. The crowd is roaring and gives me a standing ovation: "U. Suddenly we're at two sets each.
The match is all even, right? I've won. The match isn't over, but I've won. I glance at Boris and I can see that he's finished. His energy is gone.
The eyes are dead with no fight or spark in them. His body language told me he was through battling for that day. It wasn't physical either. It was mental. Boris is a super athlete in fantastic shape. What had weakened was his resolve.
Boris had gotten frustrated with the match. He just wanted out of there. Just as I thought might happen. Beginning of the fifth set. My serve. And again Becker doesn't threaten. I hold easily. Boris has gotten only two points in two games. The rout is on. I break, hold, break, and hold. I'm up and it took ten minutes. At least it felt that fast. Boris managed to get a game out of it, but lost The match had taken four hours and seventeen minutes in oppressive heat and humidity -- a sweatbox.
Even though it was scheduled to be an afternoon match it was now almost 10 P.
I had lost seven pounds. But I was so exhilarated I felt like I could run a marathon. Jimmy Connors "de-exhilarated" me two days later in the quarters. But it took nothing away from the pride I took in battling back from two sets down to beat him in five. Never before had Boris Becker lost after leading by two sets. Pre-Match Preparation Pays Off A lot of things went right for me that day, but I was only able to take advantage of them because I'd prepared myself before the match for the game and temperament of Boris Becker.
When he had me on the ropes I still saw a way to win because I understood his game and his temperament. I had gone into the match with strong mental preparation. I knew what I wanted to make happen and what I wanted to prevent from happening. Part of it had to do with strokes and strategy. Part of it had to do with personality, both mine and my opponent's.
That preparation served me well when I needed it. When things were getting desperate I had a mental compass that kept me on course and gave me a way to get back in the match. Instead of rolling over and accepting defeat I believed there was a way to win. Boris Becker is a gentleman. At about midnight I feel a tap on my shoulder. It's Boris. He congratulates me and we talk about the match over a beer. He says he hates that kind of heat and humidity. I tell him I love it.
He says they've got to do something about the planes flying overhead during a match. I tell him I love those planes. He kids me a little and says I won't be so lucky next time around. Five months later I beat him in the Masters at Madison Square Garden -- no planes, no heat, no humidity. Against Jimmy Connors my "auto"-visualization or pre-match analysis and conclusions are completely different because his game and personality differ so much from Becker's.
First and foremost I remind myself to block out the elements -- not the sun or wind, but the chaos he can create with the fans and the officials. Jimmy treats the crowd like he's a conductor and they're the band. He gets them to do what he wants. At an important point Jimmy could suddenly get 14, people going crazy, cheering for him and against his opponent namely, me in an uproar. I'll tell myself to expect it and ignore it.
It's part of his game plan. As you'll see, against Connors this is easier said than done. If it had been Jimmy instead of Boris in the U. Open match I just described, Connors would have done something disruptive with the crowd when I started to make my move in the third set. And, when I pulled ahead in the tiebreak, I guarantee there would have been some "stuff' going on to shake up my momentum -- an argument about a line call, an obscenity, or something else.
He would never just let you cruise to victory. Also, with Jimmy I'll plan to hit slice shots into his forehand I call it slicing the roast beef.
Just a ball that stays lower on the bounce. I know that when it hits on the service line Connors will tend to chip his forehand back. If he does, that's the one I'm waiting for. I want to be ready to step up, bust it, and move in behind it. The Connors service return also needs special pre-match consideration. He has one of the best service returns ever. His specialty is making a play off a great serve. He manages to get the racket on the ball and keep it in play.
What should be a winner or an ace comes back at you and Jimmy stays in the point. He doesn't necessarily kill the ball.
He makes fantastic gets and then is able to hit the ball with direction to put it where you can't make your best shot. He immediately takes your advantage and turns it into a disadvantage.
And he does it because he guesses a lot. When he guesses fight even the best serve can come back. But the important thing is he doesn't kill that service return. What this allows me to do is go for a winner or one that produces a weaker return off my first serve.
If he guesses right it'll come back. If he guesses wrong I win the point. And, if I fault I know he won't stick the second serve back down my throat like Becker. It changes my entire strategy in serving. By taking the pressure off my second serve Jimmy allows me more leeway with my first serve.
I know going in that a serve that would ace anybody else might come back. I'm not going to let myself be surprised. That's what Connors brings to the party. If you let it bother you he'll get you letting up on that first serve or trying to hit bigger and bigger. My approach is to go for great serves and expect them back.
I don't worry about having to serve up seconds if I fault on the first. In fact, the truth is that my second serve bothers him as you'll soon see. Jimbo loves pace. He feeds on it. My second serve is a lollipop. I honestly think it bothers him a little because it has no pace. So, I don't worry about having to hit second serves because Connors unlike Becker doesn't make you pay the big penalty. My Review and Game Plan for Connors 1. Expect Jimmy to manipulate the crowd at key moments.
Be prepared for disruption and stay focused. Serve big on the first serve. If I miss he won't come in on my second. Hit slice to his forehand. He doesn't like junk. Massage the ball. Gilbert Connors and I faced each other in the Masters several months after he had beaten me in the U. Open quarterfinals following my five-set comeback against Becker.
Neither of us was in great shape. I had just played four tournaments on four different continents in four weeks. Jimmy had been fighting a bad cold.
Nevertheless, I went into our match with great focus and motivation. Part of it came from a desire to avenge that loss at the Open. He had kept me out of the semis and given me one of my toughest losses. I felt strongly that if I stuck to my game plan and kept my concentration I could beat him. It looked like I was right. I began thumping on him immediately and went up , I felt like I could just grind it out and win the match.
And to add to my confidence it looked like Jimmy agreed. His attitude during the second set became completely different from what it usually was.
He almost looked like he was clowning around. He got pulled wide on a shot and kept running until he was nearly in the stands.
Then he stopped and started kidding with a couple of fans he took somebody's napkin and blew his nose. The crowd loved it. A little later he got upset with himself and starting grabbing his crotch a move Michael Jackson stole from him. The crowd was thoroughly entertained.
Also, it was apparent he was feeling the effects of the cold. He appeared winded at times. Now, at in the second set and down a set Jimmy is getting ready to serve.
He turns to a fan behind him and says loud enough for me to hear, "I've got Gilbert right where I want him. The crowd is laughing and applauding: "Jimbo. I figure Connors knows he's tired and out of the match and just wants to have a little fun with the audience before it's over.
Big mistake. The next time I look up at the scoreboard Connors and Gilbert are tied Just like that he had held and broken. He had worked on the crowd and gotten to me; not by creating turmoil, but by going for some laughs and changing the tenor of the match.
I couldn't believe he had broken my concentration. He had gotten me watching his antics and believing that he was through for the day, that he was going to lay down. I had lost my focus. It was a shock to realize what had happened. Such a shock that I woke up. I hold and so does Jimmy. I knew I was in trouble if we went to a third set. The crowd was beginning to be a factor, and if Jimmy took it to three they would definitely become a major asset for him.
I reviewed my game plan: "Keep some balls in play. No pace. Make him try to hit winners. Nothing fancy. Let's win it right here. Connors let it get away from him even though he led at one point during; the breaker. Then he made a couple of errors on backhand volleys to even it up at five apiece.
I go for a big serve. My next serve is a lollipop and Jimmy nets it. He hates junk remember my service strategy? On match point we get into a long rally. He hits a deep approach shot to my backhand. I'm ready and just crush it for a winner and the match. The comeback was over, Gilbert ,