I have been reading about Nadal’s last year loss of confidence. He said his game and physicality were OK, but he was getting concerned about being more nervous in matches and on big points than he used to be. (I don’t blame him. He used to hit shots with his unorthodox forehand that were nothing short of miraculous and required confidence of the highest order.) And because of it, he had been taking some bad losses.
Since I have I’ve seen this syndrome with other great players, I began analyzing the situation as follows. There appear to be two different kinds of confidence:
1. Basic Confidence