We have all been there… it is the critical time in the match vs. a top ranked opponent/team and THEY COME UP BIG. They make the critical shot at Crunch Time.
“That is a myth!”
But according to Justin Gimelstob, commentating from Indian Wells on Sunday, “That is a myth!”
He says that all players feel their nerves in big situations and the top players’ performance “just doesn’t degenerate as much as the average player does.” He feels they just keep their level of play closer to their previous level, while the rest of us choke more.
Could it be that Mr. Gimelstob is rationalizing why he lost some big matches to top players? Not that they could do something he couldn’t, but he just played worse?
I don’t think so. As one who has lost to MANY top players, I feel it is more of what they do than what I don’t. And I aspire to be more like them in Crunch Time.
What do you think?