Fred, Ferrer, and Berdych

Last weekend, three very good tennis players lost in the finals of the tournaments they were playing in: Fred Drilling,

David Ferrer, and Tomas Berdych. And they all had something in common.


First Fred… he was the #1 seed in the 70 singles at the St. Pete CAT II tournament and playing #3 seed Allan Carter from Boca Raton.

In Fred’s own words: “My finals match at St Pete was kind of interesting, if that’s the right word, as I had match point at 5-4 in the 3rd with a high forehand volley that Allan Carter had just dug up from a drop shot of mine on the backhand side, so I had the whole court open on his forehand, and dumped it into the net:). End of story… with him winning 7-5.”


David Ferrer is one of my favorite players and was three-time defending champion at the Mexican Open. He was playing his friend and nemesis, the recovering Rafa Nadal, who has just dominated him over the years.

In the finals, Ferrer just “didn’t show up” and lost 60—0, 6-2 in just over one hour.


Tomas Berdych has great potential and eliminated Roger Federer in the semi’s in Dubai; and was facing the Best Tennis Player in the World (right now), Djokovic.

He played a very close match, losing 7-5, 6-3. But if you had watched it, you would have seen Berdych:
• Blow a high forehand volley into the net (on game point)
• Blow a high forehand volley ten feet long
• Miss and easy overhead
• Double fault on set point

Conditioning is great. Skill is wonderful. But the brain can sometimes really screw things up!

1 thought on “Fred, Ferrer, and Berdych

  1. The high forehand volley is frequently blown. It looks so easy. One’s mind is suckered into complacency, and you swing at it …instead of focusing to get position and punching it.
    A corollary to “It is human to err”: “Any shot in tennis can be missed if you’re not focused.”

    Nick – As a veteran of missing that shot, i agree! tks, george

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