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Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer believes understanding what you’ve been told is the key to improving as a tennis player.
Federer, who won Australian Open six times, beat American Steve Johnson in his opening match of Australian Open.
“Understanding the message correctly, I think is a key element to improve, and also maybe sometimes questioning the person who’s telling you the things, so you really understand what they mean,” said Federer.
“I’m not an artist or a musician, by any stretch… In a message, you can always pick the things you like and then apply them. Even if it’s wrong, you think, ‘Wow, that’s how I understood it.’
“At the end of the day, [it’s about] old-school work ethic. There is nothing wrong with that. I do believe if you’re in a slump, not feeling well, whatever it may be, knowing how to train hard, when to train hard, with who to train hard, there is nothing wrong when it goes to those things.
“[Also] learning from your mistakes is key, as we remember our losses more than our wins. It’s just important that when you do lose, you really make the most of it, because it’s actually an opportunity.”
Source – ATPTour