Last updated on 19-Oct-2010 10:29:38 PM
a little bit of a silly question but interested in your views.
All things being equal, is it better to approach a match with cockiness or humility? Is it better to expect to win, or expect to lose?
At one stage I thought cockiness was the way to go, but now I've gone the other extreme and play with the utmost humility.
I know there are a million factors involved (for example, if you are Ma Long, you probably have the right to some cockiness!) but all things being equal, between two evenly matched players, which is the better attitude?
The best is to have a belief that you can win the match but there also must be reality. If I went out to play Waldner I would not really be focused on winning.
Before a match you should focus on what your tactics are going to be rather than the result. If you complete the process, you will achieve what you have set out to do. We can never be in control of how good the other person is feeling on the day or what they can do. We need to focus on what you can influence.
To answer your question now, I think it is better to have over belief in your ability than under if you are looking to win a match.