I’d like to address one of the things that have happened to me (I’d say, often) and I am sure you could relate to this as well…
You watch a tennis match between two players and think that they are playing great: long rallies, a nice variety of shots, etc. You can’t help but 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 them! That makes you wonder: “What has happened? I was certain that this guy was much better than me based on how they looked playing against somebody else.”
One thing is for sure: only because somebody plays very well against a certain opponent does not mean they 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 underestimate our own potential and therefore we think others are better players when, in fact, they are not.
My father once told me this 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.