During the gripping Wimbledon final yesterday, 4-time semi-finalist Tim Henman commentating made a fascinating observation when Nadal, so strong throughout, began to wobble when failing to cross the finsh line, twice over, surrendering chances uncharacteristically meekly to not win in three-straight then four.
He shared his experience of sports psychologists. He’d heard them say “you can only stay in the present”. The elaboration suggested that if you dwell on a blunder, no matter whether mildly irritating or truly disastrous, you won’t break free and ultimate success will prove elusive.
I myself have tried to heed such creed, especially after a phone call may have gone pear-shaped. And although tough, I feel that it does work.
And it clearly did for Nadal, eventually.