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Inside The Mind of
Goran Ivaniesvic

Mark Hodgkinson

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Bad Goran and Good Goran had a little chat.

You'll always have some negative thoughts and conflict in your head. I had a good Goran and a Bad Goran. Bad Goran was influenced by the people around him, by the court, and he wanted to fight with everybody, and he wanted to leave the court.

Good Goran said to Bad Goran, Come on, it's not over yet, let's fight. It was a little chit-chat in my head. It was between points, and then sitting on my chair between games. You have to call 911 and you need the emergency voice to say to the bad voice, come on, be good, let's play.

The problem is in tennis is that everything goes so quickly in your head, from good to bad, from bad to good. Whatever you do, you have to make a quick decision, and hopefully it will be a good decision. And hopefully whatever you're thinking at that moment will be for the best.

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Mark Hodgkinson is a tennis journalist and author based in London. Formerly the tennis correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, he has written biographies of Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl. An editor for, he has also written for GQ, the official programs of Wimbledon and the Barclay's ATP World Tour Finals and the BBC. Click Here to write to him at The Tennis Space!

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