It’s Day 10 of the Australian Open with a lineup packed with blockbuster matches and this encounter is no exception with Fritz at the ready — taking Djokovic to a tiebreak in the first. Coming into the Australian Open Fritz had regressed outside the Top 10 — but with the capacity to become a barrier breaker early this season if he begins to tighten his game and the key metrics that places a player of his calibre within reach of the 8%. Whilst Fritz is yet to position himself inside this exclusive ranking range, he does have the capacity to increase his key patterns of play — equipped with key angles of influence.
Perhaps one of only a handful of people worldwide that is privy to explicitly how to defeat Djokovic, it is equal parts exciting and exhausting when players either integrate the 8 Keys or they become weakened throughout a players game. And this was the case for Fritz leading into the Australian Open, and as a result, it was not surprising that he was a part of the 2% of Top 10 players that regress outside the Top 10 rankings each and every season. However, in a twist that significantly highlights Fritz is more than capable of not only becoming a barrier breaker once again, but potentially taking his place inside the top 8% with his quarterfinals performance this Australian Open.
Needless to say, it is not shocking whatsoever that Fritz has found himself at this stage with the possibility of taking down Djokovic, but there is a number of key metrics that remain fluctuating in his game in direct contrast to Djokovic, which pose the biggest threat. And this is where it gets interesting. To overcome Djokovic on any given day of the week there are two options. Option one is for a player to be beyond their current peak performance levels that so happen to fall in sync with Djokovic playing a subpar level. Or, option two is for a player to integrate the 8 Keys and to have an equal if not higher rate of application than or as Djokovic on the day.
As such, those who are not already integrating the 7 Keys this is your warning that to reach the 8% and to have the capacity to overcome Djokovic, these distinct keys are absolute. But to push the marker further and to have the capacity to overcome Djokovic, the 8th Key is absolutely pivotal to success. Explained in detail throughout the new release “How to Develop a Top 10 Tennis Ranking” it is one of eight cumulative keys that allow a player to not simply join the 8% to also take down the very best in the world. On equal merit, to join the level of play of the very best in the world – denoted by the 8%, these are explicit requirements that are 100% backed by science. And this cannot be stressed enough.
The question, then is with an arsenal equipped with the 8 Keys, what’s next? And that’s the catch because the 8% are currently in a battle to see who loses their grip on one or more of these 8 Keys before the next. A gargantuan task and why it takes the best tennis players in the world to master this level of consistency, but it’s not just them, it is also their Coach to team around them. That is something that it is not — a one way street. What it is, is an incredible technical feat and this is where the kinetic chain and “The Science of Elite Performance” delivers the advantage.
From a technical perspective, Fritz for example, has the tendency to pull back and slightly up on his backhand, in contrast to releasing his elastic energy and leveraging his momentum to avoid this, at times sharp halt. In contrast, Djokovic and the likes of Federer through to Nadal, have what is referred to as a fluid transition that leverages their kinetic chain to compound the effects of these key technical attributes.
To get to this level a player inside the 8% needs to understand how to integrate these technical attributes to weaponise them against their fellow ‘best’. This is where the 8 Keys are a must and to get to this point the 7 Keys need to be firmly integrated into a player’s game.
At the elite level of play, when it comes to the top 8% and what is referred to as “eight cubed” in “How to Develop a Top 10 Tennis Ranking”, these initial keys form the foundations for those who aspire to head towards a Top 10 tennis ranking. As such, to have a fighting chance, these keys are made available in “The 7 Keys to Optimise Your Life” — as versatile as the title may suggest, but also incredibly distinctive that they’ve been uncovered through rigorous research as explained in “The Elite Research Method”.
Which brings us to how does a player like Fritz overcome Djokovic irrespective if option one or two is in play. It should come as no surprise that the answer is encapsulated in the 8 Keys. Irrespective if a player is on the ATP tour or the WTA tour the answer is embodied in these 8 Keys.
Broken down into 8 distinct learning modes, irrespective the level of the players current game, these patterns of play to collective learnings are what will define the next generation of play with the likes of Alcaraz, Sinner to Swiatek and Sabalenka to Gauff already here. And you bet, their respective application to integration of all 8 Keys is apparent and as soon as a key slips a regression will await.
As for now, it is Djokovic who has such an incredibly high presence and application of all 8 Keys that in order to defeat a player of such heights and with his incredibly successful 24 Grand Slams to this point in time, it is an absolute to integrate these 8 Keys to afford the new generation a chance to dethrone him and to live up to such hype. Irrespective of the outcome here it is important to remember that it is possible and that through our world firsts and our landmark findings that remain 100% backed by science, it is the beginning of a new era and the players to embrace all 8 Keys will be the ones to live up to the daunting expectations of the generation before.
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