| By Steven Kaplan

Five-time U.S. Open champion, Roger Federer was serving, up 5-3, 40-15 in the fifth, and lost to Novak Djokovic, 7-5, in the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Open. If perhaps the greatest player of all-time could blow a lead, then so could you.

Federer is renowned for his supreme confidence as evidenced by his statement after this match, "I get over these losses quickly." Confidence for this, and most champions, is more than simply believing in yourself, it is not worrying about the consequences of failure.

Federer promises to be back.

Steven Kaplan

Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.