“I try and keep my strategy simple, I stay very intense during a match and completely focused. I never think about an opponent until the moment we play, and then my focus is on where to serve and how to hit cross-court and down the line. I try not to complicate my life by spending too much time analyzing a player in advance.”

That’s the secret.

The beauty of Sampras’ simple strategy is that when you focus on your strategy, it is impossible to think about all the negative things, like the last point you lost, or “What will happen if I lose?” We often are victims of paralysis by analysis.

Focus is critical, but make sure you focus on the right things – the things you can control.

And be like Pete.

Thanks for reading.

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