“I told you so. If Taufik says he will win, he will surely be able to do it, ”an Indonesian reporter shouted with excitement amid the cheering crowd in the Aspire Hall 3. It was the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. , Olympic champion, Taufik, has just defeated World Champion Lin Dan in a tough final. One day earlier, Taufik confidently asserted to his fellow journalist that he would bring the gold medal to Indonesia.
At its peak, Taufik was able to command his destiny. The opponent who is just a background in the show of the tennis player is like a talented artist because of the graceful and elegant playing style and extremely stimulating for the viewers in the stands. Badminton in the world still refers to the four pillars Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), Lin Dan (China), Peter Gade (Denmark), Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia), but Taufik is a distinct color compared to the other three. He brings a special feeling to the audience but himself is dominated by pressure from the stands, something that is not allowed to happen to a world-class player.
“Taufik is the most talented player I’ve ever seen. But he has no determination. You do not know if he really wants to play or not. I never dared to bet on Taufik. If excited, he can win against any opponent. But if he gets impatient, he will lose. I practiced every day without losing my interest in badminton. But I cannot force Taufik to practice like me, because it will kill his imagination and love of badminton, ”said Erland Kops, the great player of the 1960s talking about the Indonesian juniors
Taufik retired in 2013, but in fact he was no longer fit after 2007. The relatively short peak period of the player born in 1981 is explained by many reasons. First, because Taufik emerged too early as a child prodigy at the age of 17. At the age of 23, Taufik won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and a year later became world champion. The most prolific of Taufik belongs to the first 10 years of his career when he was dubbed the “Holy backhand” with the special way is the sorrowful backhand smash, each reaching a record speed of 305km / h at the 2006 World Championship. Four legendary pillars of the badminton village, only Taufik and Peter Gade own both the Olympic gold medal and the world championship.
Taufik’s biggest problem is that the mind is easily moved. The Indonesian legend is prone to psychological pressure from the stands, by an external factor that often only makes it difficult for an amateur tennis player. Taufik’s greatest asset was purely unrivaled skill, but it had to bear a body of not really abundant, an unstable psychology and mood swings up and down. At the Danish Open 2011, the Indonesian admitted: “I play with my heart. If I get excited, I will play well. But if you don’t want to, it will be the most unlucky thing for me. Badminton is sometimes boring. ”