Since I am currently translating fragments of Bresnik’s book for English-speaking readers of my blog and at the same time have been discussing alleged “mental” problems of Dominic for months, I took the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the book from this point of view and to confront the fan discussion as well as my own observations from the matches.
I’m just translating fragments about Dominic’s personality. And there I find what I just needed under the title “Sixth milestone AGGRESSION”.
If you have the book, you can read and reconsider it yourself and if you know English, you can read these parts of my translation in English.
What is it about?
The point is that Dominic was born and raised in such a way that there is no aggression in him. Also in the game.
What we observe is his enormous mental and physical effort, actually with every stroke and every movement. May look like aggression.
But – this “aggression” is directed against the court and the ball, not against that one over there. This is a problem and Bresnik saw it as a problem and tried to change it.
Why is that a problem? Because tennis is a direct fight of two (but “no contact” i terms of MMA). No team sport, so you are alone on the court. But also not hammer throwing, long jump or archery, where you don’t have a direct opponent – only the distance, height or the central point on the target. Tennis is like boxing. You can’t hit the air. You have to hurt the other one. Sometimes literally, because sometimes you have to play on your opponent’s body to safely win the point.
Can Dominic do that?
He can’t do that for all I care. Can he learn that? This are partly gestures showing the other player that he is inferior, such as fist pumping, looking into the eyes with thrust etc. Dominic does that sometimes too, but you can see that he has learned it and is not convinced that it is not ridiculous or perhaps unfair?
A perfect example – the Delpo match. Dominic felt sorry for Delpo (whether he was really sick or only partly played like that, you never know). Every minute of the match. more. He expected Delpo to give up (he was also close to doing what he said after the match) and not play the role of a killer who shoots a defenseless man. That got him out of the rhythm and when Delpo recovered and got a lot of adrenaline thanks to his fans, Dominic was already in the head on the bench, where he would certainly not celebrate loudly.
Dominic’s real personality was there, he played very well and as long as it went against the ball and court, it worked very well. But then this compassion for the sick colleague (actually not the opponent) and he lost against himself. The fight was not between him and Delpo, but between Dominic’s real and learned personality.
Should we be unhappy? We are because he lost such an important (and then many more) match. How stupid. But that was him and in his soul he was the victor.
Dominic plays against the ball and the court. Not against the other player.
Does this have anything to do with a mental coach or a change of trainer? Definitely not. Will he find a balance between his genuine friendly personality and the learned personality?
He tries, so my observations of his games to stay with the real one and find another way to win. Why does he always play best against the best? Because he doesn’t feel sorry for them, because in these matches he is not a favorite. If he does defeat them (like Federer in 2016 in Rome and Stuttgart, like Rafa in 2017 in Rome), you can see that he somehow apologizes. He was lucky because able to play so well that the best players couldn’t defend themselves.
That seems to be his right path. To do this, he needs to learn a lot, serve better, return better, play better at the net, etc. To the point where he simply wins by being better than his opponent in every aspect of the game. Then he doesn’t have to feel bad if he wins.
And this is his own private fight with himself. Perhaps Bresnik as the most important trust person and master can help. But to change Dominic’s personality? Nobody can do it. No mental coach. No Carlos Moya or Boris Becker, whoever. And is that even a target?
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