But Philip that almost implies that the gold medal was in Fed's gift. Don't you think that he didn't play his best in that match because Andy didn't allow him to?
That was not the intention of my comment. Andy won because he truly believed and went for his shots as well as Delpo did him a favour by knackering Fed out physically and mentally.
The point I was trying to make in my previous comment is that in the April interview, Fed, Nole and Andy all mentioned that having confidence in vital. I think that when a player is having absolute confidence in his ability and be able to pull out his best shots at crunch moments is what separates the great from the also rans. Fed's comment is definitely not humble but maybe having that kind of absolute confidence in his ability is what allowed him to consistently execute his high risk attacking shots.
Now maybe a better strategy is to be humble in interviews but to have that absolute inner confidence in one's ability to play the best shots when the occasion demands it.