I’d like to address one of the things that has happened to me (I’d say, often) and I am sure you could related to this also…
You watch a tennis match between two players and you think they are playing great: long rallies, nice variety of shots etc. And you get the feeling that those guys are so much better than you. Then one day you meet one of them in a tournament match… And you beat him! And then you wonder: “What has just happened? I was certain that this guy was much better than me based on how he looked playing against somebody else.”
(Mental Tennis Tips)
One thing is for sure: only because somebody plays very well against a certain opponent does not mean he will play well against you too!
We are all different and our style of play can either help or impede our opponents.
We often tend to under-estimate our own potential and therefore we think others are better players when, in fact, they are not.
My father, once told me before a match I was nervous about… “Don’t worry about how good he is, let him worry about how good YOU are!”
Now, that is one attitude you should step on the court with.