Baghdatis has a chronic case of it. Djokovic has been able to overcome it, because of his burning desire to be No. 1 in the world.
Federer must have felt in, for sure, when he was starting, until he beat Sampras. Switzerland is known for some freaking watches, that’s all. Or some mountains. If that’s all your tiny country has to offer, it has to give you a complex, specially when you are visiting the big cats.
It’s the same as any other syndrome. Like the ‘small’ man syndrome. Just ask Oliver Rochus. Is there a ‘big man’ syndrome? If there is, there sure are no clues so far. Maybe, Karlovic just overcame that affliction.
That Koubek clown is so self-conscious of his looks, he is shooting himself in the foot with it. Get some therapy or get drunk before the match. He is giving Stepoverneck run for his money. Walks around like he is carrying the weight of the whole world.
There is a reason why Roddick, Safin, Hewitt, Blake etc. have that air of confidence, irrespective of where and whom they are playing, or what the result of the match is.
It’s like being in a school yard, with a group of the big, cool guys. You have no predator. You might get stung, once in a while, but that self image and ensuing confidence, never leaves you.
It’s called superiority and inferiority complex. .