Hmmm... this topic is a good jumping-off point into another. Why do so few top players today have the mental wherewithal and determination of those of previous generations?
I'll offer "my guy", Marat Safin, as a case study. Sure, injuries have cost him time, but more importantly, his focus, or lack thereof, has cost him much more.
Aside from Federer, Nadal and (apparently, if not hopefully) Djokovic, the circuit is full of Hewitts--derailed by a "shotgun" wedding--Nalbandians, Baghdatises and Blakes. Compare them to the likes of Connors, McEnroe, Lendl, Wilander and Edberg and you'll come to the same conclusion as I: there's no comparison.
Anyone want to take a shot at this conundrum? I'll start.
1. Many here have noted that strategy and point construction was a huge part of the game until power took over. Yet, it seems that once power was neurtalized, a mental vaacuum appeared.
2. Prize money? Are players too comfortable now? Is Hewitt talking a good talk, but simply satisfied collecting a big paycheck week after week?
What you say?