Soderling Stunned Federer with a Winning Sports Psychology

How Soderling Stunned Federer At The US Open

soderlingmentalgameRobin Soderling stunned defending champion Roger Federer in the 2010 quarterfinal of the French Open, winning 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in come-from-behind fashion.
It’s the first time Federer has failed reach a Grand Slam semifinal in six years.

The sports psychology story behind this match was Soderling’s unfailing optimism

Even though Soderling had lost to Federer 12 times in a row, he still BELIEVED.

“Even though I lost (to Federer) so many times, I always have a chance to win,” Soderling said.

Most players in Soderling’s position defeat their mental toughness before they even get on the court.

Not Soderling.
He stayed aggressive on the slow, wet court — conditions Federer doesn’t like.
After the match Federer admitted:

“These were some serious, tough conditions, you know. If you serve 225-230kms/hour, you can still serve through the court. I’m maybe lacking those 5-10 K extra to hit through a guy on the serve.”

In true professional style, instead of giving in to conditions, Soderling seized the moment.

The sports psychology Soderling displayed this week is not hard to learn

It’s a simple mental toughness training formula.

The next time you are the underdog in a match, get your mental ducks in a row by visualizing yourself winning.

Every athlete who has broken through first started out intimidated.

Resolve to be mentally tough

Mark Tewksbury, one of the greatest swimmers of all time, scared himself the first time he visualized winning.

That’s because he had to imagine beating his HERO, legend Matt Biondi.

Quite a shock.

Also…resolve to be mentally tough and prepared for all conditions, even if they weaken your game a bit.

EXPECT bad conditions, and adapt your game plan.

Don’t give them the power to distract you.

Most athletes aren’t using even simple mental toughness strategies like these

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Light it up out there,
Lisa B.

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8 Responses to “Soderling Stunned Federer with a Winning Sports Psychology”

  1. Sport Mental Buff on July 14th, 2011 8:11 pm

    I’m inspired to improve my sport mental game, great article!

  2. Sport Mental Toughness fan on September 21st, 2011 9:21 am

    Great article Lisa! There are untold powers to visualization in sport mental toughness training.
    Rock on!

  3. Laura on September 21st, 2011 11:38 am

    I remember this match. I agree that Soderling was crazy tough… I can’t imagine how much persistence it takes to keep believing in yourself against your top rivals. Great example of mental toughness. Thanks Lisa.

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